Asha Shajahan, MD, MHSA is a primary care physician, the Graduate Medical Education Director of Social Equity and Health Disparities at Beaumont Health and the Medical Director of Community Health at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe in the USA. She serves as an assistant professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in the U.S. She completed a media and medicine program at Harvard University and a faculty fellowship in underserved populations at the University of California, San Diego. Her interest in health policy led her to intern for Carl Levin, a former United States Senator in Washington DC and Jennifer Granholm, a former Governor, for whom she worked to augment healthcare access for the uninsured. She volunteers at several underserved and homeless clinics and non-profits in the Detroit area. She is an advisor on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Implicit Bias Taskforce. As a podcaster, she believes in empowering people through the use of media. She co-hosts the award-winning healthcare podcast Beaumont HouseCall. She has written for several national news outlets like the Huffington Post and USA Today. Asha has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Modern Healthcare. She is a regular contributor to Michigan Bridge and American Kahani.
“My Hippocratic oath is “do no harm.” Misinformation is adversely affecting people’s health and is a growing challenge for practitioners. It’s another war we are fighting in addition to the virus itself. Bringing medical providers into the fight can be a vital step to guiding patients away from medical misinformation.”
Learn more about Asha’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Asha is also a 2021 – 2022 Detroit Grant Competition Recipient. The Detroit Grant gives $500 – $5000 to Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows that seek to address equity in Detroit by taking a community -centered approach to development there. Projects last 10- months and have tackled health disparities through vaccine information, combatted the digital divide through equitable internet access initiatives in Southwest Detroit, centered bus riders in regional transit dialogue and created sustainable workforce development programs for those with barriers to traditional employment. For more information on the grantees click here.
Updated February 2022
More from Asha Shajahan
The Stethoscope is My Microphone
Senior Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan wrote an opinion piece for the Alfred Landecker Foundation.
Dr. Asha to be honored at 2022 Building Bridges Gala
Senior Landecker Fellow Dr. Asha Shajahan receives an award for her work treating the homeless and vulnerable population at Pope Francis Center in Detroit.
Dr. Asha on Catching Covid Twice
Landecker Senior Fellow Dr. Asha Shajahan was interviewed by multiple news outlets on the issue of double Covid infection.
Asha Shajahan on Protecting ourselves and our families during holiday gatherings
Asha Shajahan was interviewed for Click On Detroit to discuss protecting ourselves and our families during holiday gatherings this year.
Landecker Senior Fellows Connect in Chicago
Five Landecker Senior Fellows Connect in Chicago for a much anticipated in-person gathering.
Dr. Asha Shajahan on Children and Trauma
Senior Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan was a guest on Fox 2 Detroit to discuss ways to help children and families exposed to traumatic events such as school shootings.
Announcing the recipients of the 2021 Detroit Grant Competition
We are delighted to announce the recipients of the 2021 Humanity in Action 2021 Detroit Grant Competition recipients! Landecker Fellows Asha Shajahan and Adam Echelman, and Senior Fellows Hannah Wagner and Ronald Norwood will receive grants to create new initiatives or further their existing projects that focus on racial justice in the US.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan Launches MisinfoRx
As part of her Landecker Project, Asha Shajahan collaborated on MisinfoRx, a new "toolkit” giving health care providers the knowledge and training to tackle patient-held medical misinformation.
Dr. Asha Shajahan on vaccine hesitancy and the current COVID situation in Michigan
Over the past weeks, Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan has been guest on multiple platforms to discuss the COVID-19 crisis.
Dr. Asha Shajahan's #ThisIsOurShot Cheddar News Interview
Landecker Fellow Dr. Asha Shajahan interviewed about the #ThisIsOurShot campaign combating vaccine misinformation.