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 Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship project here.
Updated February 2021
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Landecker Fellow Asha Shajahan Combatting Misinformation about COVID-19: Washington Post Article
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COVID-19: Misinformation Media Campaign for the Public and Toolkit for Providers
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COVID-19 vaccine is a triumph over medicine's racist history
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Asha Shajahan: What have the events of January 6th brought to light?
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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
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Podcast on Implicit Bias and Racism: Interview with Howard Ross Part II
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Podcast on Implicit Bias: Interview with Howard Ross
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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.