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UNC: Rabbani Champions Role of Community Health Workers in Search for Health Equity Solutions

Ms. Rumana Rabbani, a doctoral student in health policy and management at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, received a scholarship from 100 Million Healthier Lives to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Fall Gathering in Philadelphia, where she gave a presentation on systems thinking tools and models to empower community health workers within the practice of public health.

Ms. Rabbani – who works as a research assistant with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as with the Family Planning National Training Center for Title X Services – served as chair for the  American Public Health Association (APHA) Community Health Worker section’s pre-APHA Summit. In addition, she has served as the Community Health Worker (CHW) section’s chair of the awards committee and policy committee, as well as chair of the CHW Caucus. At the Gillings School, she is the co-president of the Implementation Science Student Group.

It’s a long list of leadership engagements for Ms. Rabbani, who is passionate about addressing health inequities. After graduating from the Gillings School’s Health Policy and Management Department with a Master’s in Healthcare Administration, she has continued in the program as a doctoral student with a minor in implementation science. Her research lies at the intersection of community health, systems thinking and implementation science, seeking to develop a framework that will sustainably link the worlds of clinical and non-clinical care in order to holistically address diverse health challenges of those in marginalized communities across the country.

Working as the chair of the pre-APHA Community Health Worker Summit has given Rabbani the opportunity to interact directly with public health professionals who see the individual issues patients face.

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