About Us

 

The Somali Health Board (SHB) is a public, non-profit 501(c)3 grassroots organization, formed in 2012 by Somali health professionals and volunteers concerned about the health disparities that disproportionately affect new immigrants and refugees within King County, with ambitious goals of eliminating and reducing health disparities. 

Vision

We envision a thriving and healthy Somali community in Washington State.

Mission

To reduce health disparities in King County’s Somali community.

Goals

Systems Change

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with health systems and allied community organizations to advocate for system and policy change.
  • Advise and partner with healthcare and governmental systems in communicating key health and safety information in a culturally appropriate and effective manner to the Somali community

Community Empowerment

  • Prioritize and address identified gaps in health outcomes
  • Provide health education to Somali community members
  • Maintain a network for Somali health professionals to collaborate, share knowledge and mentor Somali youth to pursue health related careers

Research

  • Advocate for, lead and collaborate with our partners on research efforts that seek to understand existing health inequities, improve knowledge of health priorities and improves available data related to health status in the Somali community.

Awards:

Somali Health Board honored with 2018 Executive’s Award for Community Resilience

King County Executive Dow Constantine chose the Somali Health Board to receive the eighth annual Executive’s Award for Community Resilience, based on their community approach to healthcare, disaster preparedness, and emergency response. This award is given each fall in recognition of outstanding efforts made by volunteer organizations to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The award is also intended to promote safer communities, strengthening King County as a whole.

    Our Team

    Ahmed Ali, PharmD

    Ahmed Ali, PharmD

    Executive Director

    somalihealthoard@gmail.com

    Ahmed Ali, Pharm.D is one of the Somali Health Board founders and current executive director, an entrepreneur, community-health advocate and change-maker with passion and experience in the health disparities advocacy. He’s also a clinical instructor at UW’s department of Global Health.

    Dr. Ali is an active member within the Somali community, with emphasis on immigrant and refugee health and also serves at various advocacy, policy and systems change tables, including the Fred Hutch Community Advocacy Board and the City of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverages Tax Advisory Board and believes healthcare is a universal right for all. He’s also a recipient of the 2016 Molina Healthcare’s Community Champions Award recipient.

    Mohamed Shidane

    Mohamed Shidane

    Deputy Director

    shidane@somalihealthboard.org

    Before the Somali Health Board, Mohamed Shidane had the privilege of working in other parts of the community both as a mentor-seeking-youth and as a solution-seeking-advocate for social issues affecting the youth. It was through his work volunteering for different community-based organizations that he was able to discover his organizing skills and the potential for opportunities in uniting the community under solution-oriented projects and work. Furthermore, ten years of experience in working as a State and nationally certified translator, patient advocate, and as a cultural broker, has afforded Mohamed to venture into community work more deeply. Shidane also is an adamant believer of the influences that can only be derived from unity and collaborations within peers and affirms that with everybody working together, our resolutions are more than enough to improve the health and living situations of our Somali communities here and abroad. “Even though it might undeniably look and feel that outside powers and influences beyond our reach, are responsible for our shortcomings as a community both here and back home; the only efforts we should count on and believe in, are our day-to-day exertions. We all should be the ultimate agents of the positive changes that we aspire for our lives as individuals, parents, and as a community.”

    Fun Fact: Mohamed is a local Somali poet and social justice advocate whose work is appreciated and enjoyed beyond our borders.

    Favorite quote:
    “Happiness does not really depend on objective conditions of either wealth, health or even community. Rather, it depends on the correlation between objective conditions and subjective expectations.”
    ― Yuval Noah Harari

    Rowaida Mohammed

    Rowaida Mohammed

    Behavioral Health Program Manager, Lead Public Educator

    rowaida@somalihealthboard.org

    Rowaida Mohammed has a bachelor’s degree in both Educational Studies and Global Studies from the University of Washington Bothell. She is currently an M.Ed. student at Seattle University. Rowaida has over 10-year experience of in serving, elevating, and advocating for minorities and immigrant communities in king county. 

    Rowaida is currently working with the Somali health board as a Behavioral Health Program Manager working to destigmatize improve, and increasing behavioral health support and resources for our community.

    Rowaida is also a public educator for the lead poisoning project preventing lead exposure and addressing childhood lead poisoning. She has developed and executed training/workshops for community members, housing providers, healthcare providers, , childcare providers, and other stakeholders. 

    Ladan Abdi

    Ladan Abdi

    Program Manager SCMP

    Profession: Public Health-Global Health: Health Education and Promotion, BA from the University of
    WA.

    As a public Health -Global Health with a focus on Health Education and Promotion my priority is to
    increase health equity within the healthcare and maternal health have become an interest after traveling
    to Ethiopia for a comparative maternal healthcare program and got to learn about the root causes of
    maternal mortality and morbidity. This has prepared me to tackle maternal issues from all aspects whether it is global or domestic. I’ve worked with low-income, immigrant, and communities of color in the nonprofit on issues of education and health and continue to further my work with my community through
    SHB.

    Maymuna Haji

    Maymuna Haji

    Program Manager

    Maymuna Haji our Emergency Medical Services trainer and Othello clinic outreach coordinator. Maymuna is one of the most familier face in the community in community enagagements, trainings, lsitening sessions. 

    Rahma Ahmed

    Rahma Ahmed

    Operations Manager

    Rahma has been with SHB since 2016 and is very passionate about the community work. She strongly in being part of the solution and is a strong advocate of community resiliency and self-reliance for finding sustainable solutions to our needs as a community.

    Jamila Ahmed

    Jamila Ahmed

    Operations Assistant

    Jamila Ahmed has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing and Management)
    at the University of Arusha, Tanzania. She joined Somali Health Board in 2019 bringing
    an extensive experience in customer care and administration. Currently she helps our
    operations department and is passionate about enriching the immigrant community.

    Nasteha Ali Muse

    Nasteha Ali Muse

    Home Visitor

    Nasteha Ali Muse has joined the Centering Program as a home visitor. Nasteha is not new to Somali Health Board as she has previously worked and volunteered with the organization in a different capacity.

    Nasteha has a bachelor’s degree in public Health and Medical Anthropology from the University of Washington, and a master’s in business administration from Seattle University. She has years of experience working with families, pregnant women, and young children and greatly enjoys this work. Nasteha will be reporting to Centering Program manager, Ladan Abdi.

     Fatma Abdinasir

    Fatma Abdinasir

    Home Visitor

    My name is Fatma Abdinasir, a new home visitor with SHB.   I am very excited to be part of Somali Health Board.  I have served in various community organizations, as Resource Navigator, a Home Visitor. My passion stems from early age volunteering in the community as an Interpreter.  Through this role I learned the importance of advocating and supporting our community members in various capacity.

    One phrase that I put to heart is that” if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life”.  Continuing to serve the most marginalized community members is an honor and privilege.  It is not the occasionally thank you get but rather the lifelong impact you make for families.

    Board Members

    Anisa Ibrahim, MD

    Anisa Ibrahim, MD

    Board President

    Dr. Anisa Ibrahim is known for her passion and dedication to the health and wellbeing of her community. As a general pediatrician and community leader, she is powerful advocate for historically resilient communities as well as an accomplished physician. Dr. Ibrahim’s approach to health and well-being extends beyond her encounters in the clinical setting to the community where she focuses on building relationships, partnering with health systems to address inequities in health outcomes, and advocating for systems and policy change at the local, state, and federal level.

    Dr. Ibrahim is a dedicated partner to refugee and immigrant populations. Her clinical and community-based practice centers on providing care for newly arrived refugee and immigrant children, especially those with high degree of medical and social complexity. Dr. Ibrahim is involved in various initiatives that address barriers to accessing health care for under-served populations including culturally adapting educational and screening materials and informing community-partnered research practices.

    Nationally, Dr. Ibrahim has partnered with experts at the North American Refugee Health Conference to foster advocacy through coalition building. She is on the American Academy of Pediatric’s (AAP) Council on Community Pediatrics Executive Committee as well as the AAP’s Task Force on Addressing Bias and Discrimination.

    Currently, Dr. Ibrahim is a primary care pediatrician and clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center.

    Consuelo Marin Norris, MA

    Consuelo Marin Norris, MA

    Board Member

    Consuelo joined the Somali Health Board in February, 2021. She has over 10 years of experience in supporting public/global health development programs at the International, Local, and State levels. Currently, she works as a Research Project Manager at Kaiser Permanente Health Research Institute. Prior to this, she worked as a Development Manager for TEPHINET, developing and expanding field epidemiology training programs globally, particularly in Latin America, East Africa, and the Middle East.

    Consuelo’s commitment to global health started as a child, having witnessed much inequality in her native country of Colombia. Later, her studies in philosophy illuminated her moral imperative of helping those in needs. Throughout her adult life, Consuelo has strived to work in public health initiatives in low and medium income countries, foment understanding around refugee issues, advance women’s rights, and promote the transformative power of seeing oneself in the shoes of those less fortunate!

    Robin Pfohman

    Robin Pfohman

    Board Member

    Robin Pfohman is an innovator, systems thinker and changemaker with passion and experience in the areas of health equity, social impact, and community resilience. Robin is skilled at developing partnerships between community-based and governmental organizations and facilitating the identification of systems level challenges, incubation of solutions and building momentum for collective action. Robin’s intuitive, practical and relationship-centered approach results in innovative and equity-oriented initiatives that have lasting impact.

    A founding member of the Somali Health Board, Robin has also been instrumental in the formation of several other community health boards in King County and in the fall of 2017, brought existing health boards together to form the King County Community Health Board Coalition. Robin has also helped establish the Climate Health Action Team at Public Health, the Inclusive Emergency Communication Initiative for King County, the Regional Alliance for Resilient and Equitable Transportation (RARET) and the King County Disability Advocacy Group.
    Currently, Robin is the Community Resilience and Equity Manager at Public Health – Seattle & King County.

    Mohamed Ali, MPH

    Mohamed Ali, MPH

    Board Member

    Mohamed Ali is a public health professional with the emphasis of International communities’ health. He is a visionary, champion working constantly understanding intricate cultural, political issues and find solutions. Mohamed is a co-founder Somali Health Board, and Hope Academy in Washington State to bridge educational and health achievement gaps.
    Currently Mohamed manages a childhood lead poisoning program at Hazardous Waste Management, Public Health Seattle & King County.

    Nicole Tiano, MBA

    Nicole Tiano, MBA

    Board Member

    Nicole Tiano is one of the newest members of the SHB Executive Board. She is a creative and energetic operational and financial leader with over 20 years management experience in high-impact development organizations.  She is analytical, highly organized and a strategic problem-solver with strong field experience managing health/development projects in a wide range of countries and contexts. Throughout her career Nicole has worked in service of access and equity in health and economic opportunity.  She is deeply grateful to be a part of the SHB Board and community.  She is currently a Senior Finance Manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and holds a BA in International Studies and Spanish from University of Richmond and a MBA from Boston University.

    Hussein Mberwa, RN

    Hussein Mberwa, RN

    Board Member

    Hussein started volunteering in the communities during his teenage years while in high school tutoring middle school and high school students in mathematics, chemistry and biology. He graduated from Upstate Medical University with a BSN and upon graduation he accepted a job in one of the hospitals quickly excelling and gaining the respect of his colleagues as he became a very outspoken advocate for the patients and his coworkers.

    Hussein has strong leadership skills, which he exercises both in the hospital and out in the community.  He is a relief Charge RN, Preceptor, mentor and Co-chair of the Shared Leadership team at Swedish Cherry. Prior to joining SHB,  he volunteered with the local Somali Bantu grassroots organization doing work in the community that focused on improving the health outcomes of the Somali Bantu population in Seattle.  As a volunteer he organized events to educate this community on various health topics including infection prevention, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Subsequently being elected by the organization to be the executive director of the board, and has collaborated with the SHB and Swedish Medical Center to organize more events focused on health education. During the covid-19 pandemic, Hussein has been an invaluable resource to the Somali Bantu community, being available for questions and using zoom, phone calls and face-time to keep the community safe, educated and informed. Hussein is a husband and a father to three young beautiful kids (Zahara, Aisha and Adam) and enjoys teaching them how to play soccer during weekends. He is currently a graduate student pursuing his FNP and doctorate degree as he aspires to open a clinic here in Seattle in order for him to serve the community better.

    Abdulqadir Diriye, Bs, RDCS, ARDMS

    Abdulqadir Diriye, Bs, RDCS, ARDMS

    Board Member

    Currently, I am a member of UWMC-Northwest Heart Institute and Virginia Mason Franciscan Heart and Vascular Center. I have a Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound from Seattle University, and certification from American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in Cardiovascular Imaging. Previously, I had sixteen-years’ experience with EAN-Holdings rental cars operations and customer relations.

    My personal philosophy of care is to always care for others with the highest dignity and respect that my own family members would expect. I am committed to providing state-of-the-art Cardiovascular diagnostic imaging studies to every patient as if they are the only patient. I speak fluently in English, Somali and Swahili. I am profoundly honored and appreciate the opportunity to serve the SHB Board and community here in Seattle and abroad-in-Somalia. 

    Hana Mohamed MSW, MPH

    Hana Mohamed MSW, MPH

    Board Member

    Hana Mohamed has a bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and global studies, a Master of Social Work, and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Washington. In addition to her formal education, Hana has over 10 years of experience serving and elevating refugee and immigrant youth and families.

    Volunteer

    We have various openings to help with events and outreach throughout the year. Please reach out or apply if you’re interested.

    Internships

    We have various openings to help with events and outreach throughout the year. Please reach out or apply if you’re interested.

    Employment

    We have various openings to help with events and outreach throughout the year. Please reach out or apply if you’re interested. 

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