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UIC Alumna Named Director of Urban Health Program

UIC Alumna Named Director of Urban Health Program

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University of Illinois School of Public Health alumna, Jamila R. Rashid, PhD, (MPH ’90), has been named the new Executive Director of the Urban Health Program (UHP).  Dr. Rashid currently holds the position of Associate Director for Research and Policy, and serves as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office Of Minority Health.  “Dr. Rashid's passion and experience for advancing minorities in the health professions, coupled with her collaborative leadership style will bring deep rooted commitment and a wealth of experience to this position,” says UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

Dr. Rashid's history and commitment to the UIC UHP began with her own participation as a student in 1988. A native Chicagoan, Dr. Rashid returns to UIC where she received a Masters in Public Health and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis on Policy Studies and Analysis. While at UIC, she also directed several public health research initiatives at the Prevention Research Center and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in Health Policy Administration in the School of Public Health. Before joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Dr. Rashid also held positions in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During her seventeen year career with HHS, she has been unwavering in her commitment to eliminating health disparities, increasing the representation of minorities in health professions, developing culturally tailored community approaches in public health initiatives, and promoting health policy research.

Dr. Rashid's experience and research interests, while consistently specializing in racial and ethnic populations, cover a breadth of topics: emergency preparedness, immunizations, tobacco use, diabetes and hypertension, lupus, HIV/AIDS, comparative effectiveness research, violence prevention and child abuse, with wide ranging publications. Over the course of her career Dr. Rashid has acted as mentor, trainer and developer of pipeline programs for under represented master and doctoral level students pursuing health careers by promoting and placing students in internships and fellowships inside and outside the federal government. She has chaired grant review panels for the Office of Minority Health, led national health initiatives, and successfully facilitated the development of a national research agenda for public health for the CDC.

“When I left UIC in 1996 to work for the federal government, I pledged to return one day with new knowledge and expertise helpful in advancing the University's mission and commitment to students and surrounding communities,” explains Rashid.  “The opportunity to return as the new ED of the UIC UHP is an honor filled with exciting possibilities. I look forward to working collaboratively across the University with UHP Deans, directors, staff, and students to achieve this important mission.”

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