Ashlee Wisdom, MPH
Ashlee Wisdom is a writer, public health professional and challenger of the status quo. She received her BS in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Howard University, and an MPH with a concentration in Healthcare Policy & Management from NYU.
Her vision for Health in Her HUE was borne out of her frustrations observing how structural racism impacts healthcare and health outcomes. Understanding the impact systemic racism and sexism have on Black women, she felt compelled to do something to empower them as they engage with a health care system that often fails them. Given her profound concern for the health and well-being of Black women, she decided to create a space for Black women and by Black women, where they can be better informed and feel empowered when it comes to their health. In creating this space, she endeavors to challenge health care systems to not only consider, but find systemic ways to address the unique needs and concerns of Black women.
She enjoys traveling the world, writing, a good brunch, and hosting epic game nights for her friends. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleeWisdom for great laughs and insightful commentary.
Davida Farhat, MPH
Davida received her BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, with minors in Public Health, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. Currently, she works in the independent school setting, creating and implementing research-based health curriculum for middle and high school students.
Davida is passionate about sexual health and access to healthcare, particularly for Black women and girls. She recognizes the impact that structural inequalities can have on shaping health outcomes, and she’s so excited for the possibilities Health in Her HUE has for awareness, advocacy, and access. She hopes that Health in Her HUE can help Black women take ownership of their health and challenge the current systems to recognize and address Black women’s unique needs and intersecting barriers.
She loves skincare and is always looking for a good mask recommendation. You can probably find her talking about, cooking, or eating great food. She’s on Twitter @DavidaFarhat.
Nasira Spells, MPH
Director of Social Media & Engagement
Nasira is a public health professional, writer, social justice and food policy enthusiast, and globetrotter. She received her BS in Sports Medicine with a minor in Biology from Howard University and an MPH with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from NYU.
Nasira has always held a deep, unwavering passion for the health and well-being of women and children , which led her to initially pursue a career as a pediatrician . As time went on, she realized that becoming a doctor was not the only way she could provide care and advocate for women and children. After participating in a Maternal and Child Health program, Nasira found her calling in public health. Understanding the social factors that impact the health outcomes of vulnerable groups, particularly Black women and girls, compelled her to dive deeper into the ways she could empower them. After talking with Ashlee about the vision for Health in Her HUE, Nasira expressed a strong desire to join her in leveraging the power of technology to empower and inform Black women about their health at a time when we need it the most. You can follow her on Twitter @AzaniaMcqueen and contact her at email@example.com .
mAYA lAWSON, mph
Director of Operations & Business Development
Maya is a public health advocate with a focus on community engagement. She received her BS and MPH from NYU, where she was one of the founding members of the Black and Latino Health Caucus. After studying with a focus on medicine, she eventually found that her true passion was public health policy.
During graduate school, she spent time interning at an architecture firm examining health impacts caused by building design and workplace policies. Her experience within an area not typically associated with health helped further her belief in the importance of engaging a diverse array of professions and people in pursuit of a more holistic view of health.
Maya currently works in the non-profit sector, working on grant-writing, consulting, and project management. She is active on Twitter @mayablah talking about pop culture and public health. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rwaida Izar, MPH
Rwaida is passionate about community health and grassroots organizing, access to care for under-served populations, reducing health disparities, and the overall intersection between public health and racial justice. She earned her MPH in Health Policy & Management at NYU. She has worked to coordinate NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Mental Health First Aid trainings, for NYC’s neighborhood health action centers, as well as forensic mental health evaluations for vulnerable immigrant populations fleeing gang violence, domestic abuse, and persecution.
Rwaida also has an extensive background in researching local and national opioid trends. Her favorite forms of self-care involve photography and sampling all the Thai food and Ramen in the city. You can contact her at email@example.com .