Jhon Álvarez Ahlgren

Administrative officer

About me

Currently, I work as Grants Manager for EU-funded research projects at the Grants Management Office and I coordinate the research network KI Lifestyle4Health.

Previous experience:

I have a background in Dentistry and I hold a Master Degree in Public Health in Disasters and Humanitarian settings. I served clinically for more than 3 years in the public sector and participated in more than 10 health outreaches to isolated and indigenous communities with limited access to care. I have worked with rural communities in the Andes mountains, the Amazon and other low-resource settings in Venezuela.

I worked for 3 years in a research implementation project on non-communicable disease prevention funded by the European Commission - SMART2D.

In 2020 I served as a Research Consultant with the Ignorance Hunting Team at Gapminder Foundation.


Research description


Application of the Theoretical Framework of Acceptability to assess a telephone-facilitated health coaching intervention for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Timm L, Annerstedt KS, Álvarez Ahlgren J, Absetz P, Alvesson HM, Forsberg BC, Daivadanam M PLoS One 2022 ;17(10):e0275576

Quality of stroke guidelines in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review. Yaria J, Gil A, Makanjuola A, Oguntoye R, Miranda JJ, Lazo-Porras M, Zhang P, Tao X, Álvarez Ahlgren J, Bernabe-Ortiz A, Moscoso-Porras M, Malaga G, Svyato I, Osundina M, Gianella C, Bello O, Lawal A, Temitope A, Adebayo O, Lakkhanaloet M, Brainin M, Johnson W, Thrift AG, Phromjai J, Mueller-Stierlin AS, Perone SA, Varghese C, Feigin V, Owolabi MO, Bull World Health Organ 2021 Sep;99(9):640-652E

SMART2D-development and contextualization of community strategies to support self-management in prevention and control of type 2 diabetes in Uganda, South Africa, and Sweden. Absetz P, Van Olmen J, Guwatudde D, Puoane T, Alvesson HM, Delobelle P, Mayega R, Kasujja F, Naggayi G, Timm L, Hassen M, Aweko J, De Man J, Álvarez Ahlgren J, Annerstedt KS, Daivadanam M Transl Behav Med 2020 02;10(1):25-34

Teaching portfolio

Lecture: Oral health - Global challenges and the SDGs.

  • Guest lecturer in the Master's program in Global Health at Uppsala University since 2020.
  • Guest lecturer in the Master's program in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet since 2019.
  • Guest lecturer in the elective cross-program course in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet since 2017.

Guest lecturer and panelist in the 2020 course At war with the virus: Coping with COVID-19. An online multidisciplinary global health summer course organized jointly by the School of Health Sciences at Central Michigan University and  Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Department of Global Health in the USA. I contributed to this session by describing the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela, the health system response put in place and by sharing my insights about the challenges and lessons learned during the beginning of the outbreak from a public and global health perspective.

Guest lecturer in the Master Course in Public Health in Disasters during 2016 and 2017 at Oviedo University and Karolinska Institutet teaching about The global context of disaster response and the cluster approach.


  • Degree in Dental Sciences
  • Master degree in Public Health in Disasters and Humanitarian settings