Dr. Hasan Shanawani is the current president of AMHP. His current position is at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Health/ Medicare Advantage, as their Medical Director for Clinical Performance Improvement. Dr. Shanawani has a career interest and extensive training and experience in systems-based practice, health policy, quality improvement, clinical informatics and patient safety. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care, and clinical informatics.
Before starting medical school, Dr. Shanawani served as an assistant to the chief of staff of the Maryland State Governor, providing data-Dr.iven solutions to key policy priorities to the then governor of MD. He completed his medical school and an MPH in Epidemiology and Refugee Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After medical school, Dr. Shanawani completed a one-year civilian fellowship at the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USA-CHPPM), part of the US Army Medical Command, where he worked on disease outbreak management, and on supply chain management and delivery of vaccines and chemical defense supplies to deployed US Army soldiers in Kuwait and Kosovo. Dr. Shanawani completed his residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in Cleveland, OH, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as health ethics and policy, at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Shanawani has a long history in medical and religious ethics. He has published numerous articles on end-of-life care, Islamic Bioethics, and conscientious objection to medical procedures. He served on the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)’s ethics committee and was an author of their 2005 “Medical Ethics from an Islamic Perspective” statement. He also served on the American Thoracic Society’s Ethics and Conflict-of-Interest Committee. Since 1998, Dr. Shanawani has served veterans either in training or as a practicing physician, caring for veterans at least part time for 17 of the last 18 years. He was site faculty for the VA’s National Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program and joined the VA’s National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) in 2015. In 2017 he served as the VA’s deputy CMIO for quality and safety in their Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization. Although leaving the VA Central Office in January 2020, he continues to serve Veterans in their national Tele-ICU program.
Shady Shebak graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. He went to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean and received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 2013. He trained in general psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Michigan State University. He is board certified in general and adolescent psychiatry, as well as addiction medicine. He has extensive inpatient and outpatient clinical psychiatric training and experience. His career interests include treating adolescents and young adults, mood disorders, and personality disorders. He is also interested in culturally appropriate mental health care and advocacy, and is involved in several grassroots and academic advocacy efforts. He has presented at several regional and national academic conferences on topics including, but not limited to cultural competency, narrative learning theory, and medical education. Dr. Shebak has published several peer reviewed papers, ranging from research, review articles, and case reports. He actively teaches medical students, and has a faculty appointment with Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, and serves as core faculty for the Garden City Hospital Neurology Department. He recently opened Core Psych, PLLC, a private practice psychiatric clinic in Dearborn, MI.
Faryal M. Khatri is a healthcare philanthropy professional. She currently works on the Stewardship and Communications team at Children's Medical Center Foundation, a leading not-for-profit health system in the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. She also serves as the Director of Philanthropy for the Institute for Muslim Mental Health. Faryal recently graduated with a Masters in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She specializes in fundraising strategy, donor relations, and effective communications to help organizations retain and grow their donor base.
Inspired by Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, Faryal is committed to community service and social justice rooted in faith. In 2018, she received the El-Hibri Foundation’s Scholarship for Advancing Inclusion and Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research’s Malcolm X Vanguards of Justice Scholarship. Prior to moving to the DFW community, Faryal served on the boards of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation.
Dr. Atif Adam is a public health scientist with over 10 years’ experience in clinical modeling and systems approaches. He holds joint faculty appointments in the Dept. of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on utilizing systems thinking approaches to better understand (and model) obesity-associated chronic disease epidemiology, healthy aging, and multi-scale health resiliency (esp. among minority populations). Dr. Adam is also Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Rose — a mental health startup leveraging artificial intelligence to simplify the process for patients to seek and receive mental health care.
Dr. Adam’s work experience spans the US and international sectors, including work as a system scientist at the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center and as a Research Fellow with Johns Hopkins ARAMCO Healthcare Collaborative (JHAH).
Dr.Adam completed his Ph.D. in Health Systems from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on Systems Science and Chronic Disease modeling. His awarded Ph.D. work utilized geographic information systems (GIS) to understand socio-environmental obesity dynamics and leveraged a life-course-obesity computational model to evaluate the potential clinical and economic impact of obesity interventions throughout the lifespan.
Dr. Adam is trained in internal medicine and has practiced in India, England, and the UAE. He also earned an MPH in health policy and spatial epidemiology at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Rukhsana M. Chaudhry is the Director of Mental Health Programming for the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). In this role, she has developed several mental health advocacy and educational initiatives, including the "Muslim Youth Identity" series in which American Muslim speakers delivered TED-style talks about combating stereotypes and prejudice. She spearheaded and convened the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-bullying summit with steering committee partners in December of 2017. Dr. Chaudhry also serves as a senior clinical psychologist and faculty member with the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, a trauma-focused institute with a culturally diverse patient population in Washington D.C. In 2019, she established the first asylum and human rights clinic in the Department of Professional Psychology in her role as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University. In 2016, she received the Leadership recognition award for service in Mental Health Programming by the Muslim Mental Health Conference and Michigan State Univeristy Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Chaudhry received her Doctorate from the George Washington University in 2010. She completed her postgraduate training at Harvard University's Global Mental Health Program specializing in Trauma and Recovery.
Sana Syed joined AMHP as the Director of Government Relations in 2018 and is now appointed as a Health Policy & Advocacy Director. Sana is a neurologist and works as a Medical Director at EMD Serono in Boston. She completed her neurology residency training at Boston University Medical Center and her fellowship trainings in Demyelinating Disorders and Cognitive Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also completed a Clinical Translational Research Fellowship with Pfizer while working at Tufts Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. She graduated from King Edward Medical College and holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. During her training Sana was actively engaged in lobbying for healthcare reform with the American Academy of Neurology and the Committee of Interns and Residents. Sana also writes for the Huffington Post, and her writings are inspired by her background in public health. Sana can be reached at GovernmentRelations@amhp.us
Arshia Wajid is the Founder and Board Member of American Muslim Health Professionals a national non-profit organization focused on empowerment of health professionals seeking to advance public health, social justice, and civic engagement within their communities. In February 2015, she was invited along with 13 other American-Muslim leaders to meet with President Obama at a private roundtable at the White House, to discuss contributions of Muslim health professionals.
Arshia’s personal interest in global health has led her to volunteer with medical relief missions in Haiti, Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Ecuador. Arshia received a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Public Health from University of Illinois and completed a fellowship in Hospital Administration at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.
Arshia has shared her professional experience at various healthcare conferences and is a visionary activist, dedicated to transforming healthcare both locally and nationally. She is a fellow at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and an ambassador for Women’s Empowerment Campaign. Arshia is a recipient of the 2018 Muslim Women’s Alliance Inspiring Woman Award and has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, CBS Chicago News and U.S. Department of State’s ShareAmerica platform. Arshia can be reached at email@example.com
Tayyab Yunus is the founder, CEO of Intuitive IT Solutions Inc., a firm dedicated to reinventing the customer experience in healthcare. Mr. Yunus is also a partner with AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC and Xynapx Inc. With over 20 years of experience, he is responsible for developing strategic initiatives for long term sustainability while providing guidance and resources for short term execution, but also engages as a resource across global teams to increase success of strategic plans.
Tayyab’s aim has always been focused and aligned with his perspective on Personal Development and Life Improvement of all those around him. He believes in not just acquiring knowledge and skills, his entire journey has been to contribute towards the bigger picture of giving back to the Community. Tayyab’s career journey began at the age of 17 when he was based in Gainesville, Florida, he was surrounded by mentors and teachers, and it was then when he became one of the founders of a community youth group. Two years later, he ended up as the National President and decided to move to Chicago. Over the course of another two years, Tayyab gained insight, resources, and the expertise to finally initiate his Business. Intuitive IT Solutions came into being in the year 2002, as a dedicated IT, Consulting, and Software Service Provider for Healthcare Practitioners. Over the period of 15 years, Intuitive Solutions has developed 3 mature divisions including Revenue Cycle Management, Scribe and Technology Solutions. With offices in India and Philippines, the Intuitive Global Family caters to a clientele of over 2,500 healthcare providers.
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK – a national group of social justice advocates inspired by Catholic Sisters that lobbies in D.C. to mend the gaps in income and wealth in the U.S. She has led four cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips, focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, voter turnout, and (most recently) bridging divides in politics and society. She wrote the famous “Nuns’ Letter,” considered by many as critically important in convincing Congress to support the Affordable Care Act, and is the author of “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can
Create Hope, Change, and Community,” published by HarperCollins. She has received numerous awards, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.
Rehan Dawer is an advocate for social innovation and growth. Guided both by his compassion for humanity and a deep conviction for a purpose driven life, Rehan founded Ethica Global Alliance. As a Principal of Valuebridge International; advisory firm helping companies create sustainable value through social entrepreneurial ventures, he has built several companies.
Among those include Guidance Financial Group (the largest unique minority finance company in the US); Buttonwood Financial – financial advisory firm; Novastar Group – dedicated to delivering a higher standard of educational services. As an active member of the philanthropic community, Rehan has served and currently serves on several boards, including the Buxton Initiative, a non-profit sponsored in part by the Steve Case Foundation; Board member – Communities in Schools, Board Member – ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network, Board member Leadership Council – Convergence: Center for Policy Resolution.
Prior to forming Ethica, he has held several executive positions with various blue-chip multi-national companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and American Express. Rehan built his academic foundation at University of Maryland and Georgetown University and holds degrees in Finance, Marketing, International Business Management, and Certificates in Senior Executive Leadership Management and Leadership Coaching.
Saba brings 20 years of industry experience where she has held various organizational and regional leadership roles as Partner or Senior Vice President with marque benefit consulting firms and most currently with a Fortune 50 health plan. Her experience spans from Chicago to Tampa to Washington D.C., where her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, P&L accountability and growth, people management, and women in leadership initiatives.
She is health care strategist for Fortune 500 companies. She is passionate about total population health, understands the emerging trends of value based care and has been known to introduce innovative disruptors to her clients. Saba has a Master’s in Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She is a native of Tampa, FL and currently resides in Northern Virginia. In her spare time, Saba enjoys running and traveling.
Mazen Asbahi is a partner at the law firm of McDonald Hopkins. Mazen specializes in the areas of Health Care, Corporate and Nonprofit Law. He maintains a national practice and serves clients that include physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers, healthcare and non-healthcare related businesses, entrepreneurs and investors. Mazen also provides counsel to a variety of nonprofit organizations on matters ranging from their day-to-day operations to governance and regulatory matters. Mazen is an honors graduate of both the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University School of Law.
Dr. Ghada Khan has nearly 15 years of experience as a public health professional, researcher, and educator with special expertise in Community Based Participatory Approaches, Collective Impact, Women’s Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). Through a demonstrated history of working in government, non-profit, and academia at state/federal/international levels, she has developed a wide range of competencies spanning non-profit leadership, quantitative and qualitative research, monitoring and evaluation, data analysis, and translating research into action. Dr. Khan holds a Doctor of in Public Health degree from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and received her Master of Public Health degree from George Mason University
Throughout her career and within her personal capacity, Dr. Khan has been dedicated to the empowerment of vulnerable populations and communities, and addressing health inequity. In recognition of her work, Dr. Khan has received the Global Woman Award from the Global Women’s PEACE Foundation, the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award from the Global Women’s Institute, The Nashman Prize for Community Engaged Participatory Research, as well as the Global Health Award and Public Health Service Award from George Mason University. Dr. Khan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iman Jandali discovered her passion for public health as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. She later decided to pursue an MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Society. Upon graduating from Hopkins, she decided to move back to her hometown of Berkeley, California, where she worked as a Program Support Specialist for a global health nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to essential medicines and services for women and girls in developing countries. Iman joined AMHP in September 2015 with the hopes of bridging her passion for public health and serving the Muslim community. Iman can be reached at email@example.com.
Aroona is the current Health Policy Fellow at AMHP. She is also working towards her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree at the George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health and is a Co- founder of the Muslim Women’s Professional Network. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Public Health and International Studies with a minor in Spanish, as well as a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from Saint Louis University. Since graduating, Aroona has worked as the Project Manager for Health Equity at the American Cancer Society, as a Legal Assistant for CG Immigration Law, LLC and for the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health focusing on mental health and substance abuse
prevention in North Saint Louis County Youth. Aroona is a member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars), Scholar Advisory Committee and has previously served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Alumni Advisory Council and the American Cancer Society’s Global Young Professionals Council. In 2018, Aroona was selected as a recipient of the Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC), Leader and Legend Award and was also named a 30 under 30 by Atlanta’s Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Aroona is passionate about the intersection of public health and social justice and commitment to working towards a more equitable world where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to live a safe, healthy, and prosperous life. In her free time, Aroona enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, staying active and traveling. Aroona can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maha Madi received her Master of Health Services Administration, with a focus on health policy and management, from the University of Kansas Medical Center in May of 2018. Prior to completing her masters, Maha obtained her BA in Psychology from Wichita State University in May 2016. During her time at Wichita State she was an undergraduate research assistant in a human factors lab that focused on improving inefficient processes in the medical field. From that experience her passion for improving the current state of healthcare in the United States was ignited. Currently, Maha is completing an Administrative Fellowship at Rochester Regional Health in Rochester, NY. As she embarks on her career, Maha plans to leverage what she has learned from her education to continue to improve the inefficiencies that exist within the system. In addition she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of improved healthcare policies in order to address current disparities that exist. As Development Coordinator for AMHP, Maha is given the opportunity to connect with community members as they support AMHP’s endeavors. Maha can be contacted at email@example.com
Communications & Vaccine Outreach Intern Chicago, Il
Yameen is the current Vaccine Outreach Coordinator at AMHP. She is also completing her Masters of Science in Health Communication from Northwestern University. Yameen obtained her BA in International Relations and Political Science with Minors in English and Arabic from Loyola University. As she begins her postgraduate school career, Yameen wishes to utilize her education as means of creating platforms for underrepresented individuals in healthcare. Yameen Saima can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Rightmire is a longtime non-profit administrator, fund development professional, consultant and national writer who has a board background in human services primary and higher education, healthcare, housing, animal welfare, public transportation and community development.
Over seventeen years ago, Ms. Rightmire started her consulting firm, while still working full time in nonprofit administration. She has worked in the fields of fund development, corporate communications, grant writing, marketing/PR and as a strategist for such organizations as NYS Department of Education, Syracuse University, Athletes with Disabilities Network, Operation Home Front, Onondaga County United Way, CNY School Superintendents Association, Bekondo Foundation, NYS Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Legacy Foundation, Aim High Children’s Services and many more.
She is a freelance/contributing writer to a range of regional and national publications. In 2017 she took the leap of faith and focused her energy solely on growing her consulting firm; focusing on helping smaller to midsized nonprofits reach their fiscal and programmatic goal and sustainability.
Her career experience in nonprofits spans more than 30 years. She brings these skills and expertise to help nonprofits. Her fundraising, grant writing, public relations, and marketing background, coupled with her management and program experience helps nonprofits improve to a new level of operations.
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