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 a 2021-2022 Detroit Grant Competition Recipient.
Updated February 2021
More from Asha Shajahan
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, 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.
Dr. Asha Shajahan's #ThisIsOurShot Cheddar News Interview
Landecker Fellow Dr. Asha Shajahan interviewed about the #ThisIsOurShot campaign combating vaccine misinformation.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan wins Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan wins Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award, and award which is part of the Shining Light Awards recognizing regional leadership.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan - Addressing Misinformation Around COVID-19
Humanity in Action spoke to Dr. Asha Shajahan about her Fellowship project.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan talks about ways to win over vaccine skeptics for Fox 2 Detroit
With cases of the Delta variant on the rise across the United States, Landecker Fellow Dr Asha Shajahan talks about ways to win over vaccine skeptics for Fox 2 Detroit.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan Discusses Countering Digital Hate and Misinformation with Imran Ahmed
On June 22, Dr. Asha Shajahan discussed countering digital hate and misinformation with Imran Ahmed as part of the Tuesday Talks series of the This Is Our Shot initiative.
Asha Shajahan receives the Champion of Humanistic Care Award
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan receives Gold Foundation's 2021 Champion of Humanistic Care Award.
A Glimpse into the Indian LGBTQ World
Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan has written an article titled "Pride Month: Netflix's Bombay Talkies' and a Glimpse into the Indian LGBTQ World."
Letter To An Indian Healthcare Hero From A US Doctor
Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan has recently written an op-ed, titled "Letter To An Indian Healthcare Hero From A US Doctor."
Conversation with Asha Shajahan on the COVID-19 Crisis in India
On May 13th, Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan went live with March For Science as part of their weekly "Let's Get FACTSinated" series and discussed the COVID-19 crisis in India.
A Nation in Throes of Pandemic: The People of India Don’t Deserve This, Nobody Does
Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan wrote an article in the American Kahani that addresses the worsening COVID-19 situation in India due to misinformation and conspiracy theories. She also discusses how everyone can help improve the situation by better proofing information before spreading it and conducting due diligence on organizations before supporting them or amplifying their messages.
VP Kamala Harris welcomes #ThisIsOurShot executive team as founding members of COVID-19 Community Corps
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan is on the national executive board of the #ThisIsOurShot Campaign. US Vice President Kamala Harris recently named the #ThisIsOurShot Campaign as a founding member of the COVID-19 Community Corps, a network of organisations across the US that fight misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.
Asha Shajahan plays critical role in training healthcare heroes in the #ThisIsOurShot Campaign: WFMZ-TV Article
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan is on the national executive board of the #ThisIsOurShot Campaign, which was recently featured in a WFMZ-TV article. The campaign aims to combat misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines.
Podcast on Medical Misinformation: Interview with Robert Skinner
In the recent episode of her podcast series "Beaumont HouseCall", Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan interviewed Robert Skinner, Senior Special Advisor in the United Nations Department of Global Communications. They spoke about medical misinformation and the ways to push against it.
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan Combatting Misinformation about COVID-19: Washington Post Article
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan was recently featured in a Washington Post article about the front line workers fighting misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines online.
COVID-19: Misinformation Media Campaign for the Public and Toolkit for Providers
Landecker Democracy Fellow 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. Asha proposes to equip doctors with a fact-checking tool that can help guide evidence-based outcomes and advice.
COVID-19 vaccine is a triumph over medicine's racist history
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan wrote an opinion with the title "COVID-19 vaccine is a triumph over medicine's racist history" for The Detroit News.
Asha Shajahan: What have the events of January 6th brought to light?
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellow Asha Shajahan reflects on the storming of the US Capitol on January 6th and highlights the threat misinformation poses to democracy, the uncertainty of the future, and whether these events are representative of the US as a nation.
Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows Discuss Protecting Democracy After Attack on US Capitol
Landecker Fellows gathered to debrief the violent January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the implications this assault has had on the future of democracy--an assault fueled by conspiracy theories and former US President Donald Trump himself. From there, they deliberated on how we can depolarize our communities and call civil society into action in order to protect and strengthen democratic societies.
Walk Your Walk Interview
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan is featured on Walk Your Walk, a website that shares stories of professional women's journeys and their definitions of success.
Podcast on Implicit Bias and Racism: Interview with Howard Ross Part II
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan recently released a special episode of her podcast Beaumont HouseCall entitled "Implicit Bias and Racism." The episode is part two of Asha's interview with Howard Ross.
I'm a frontline worker. Here's why I'm getting the COVID-19 vaccine
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan wrote an opinion piece for the Detroit News, explaining her thought process behind getting the new COVID-19 vaccine.
Podcast on Implicit Bias: Interview with Howard Ross
In a recent episode of her podcast Beaumont HouseCall, Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan interviews Howard Ross, a best-selling author and life long social justice activist.
A code of living: protecting women's health during COVID-19
Landecker Fellow Dr. Asha Shajahan has started a monthly blog on Psychology Today, "combining purpose, knowledge, creativity, and health." She kickstarted her blog, Code of Living, with her first article "Protecting Women's Health During COVID-19."
“Go Back to Your Country”: How I Felt as I Watched the Election Night Unfolded
Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan describes her observations and feelings during the night of election day, 2020.
2018 Fall International Conference Schedule
The upcoming Fall International Conference on "Social Justice in Public Health and Healthcare" will take place next weekend on October 19 and 20, 2018 at The New School.