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Dr. Nana Afoh-Manin (Founder)

Dr. NanaEfua B. Afoh-Manin is an emergency doctor, public health practitioner, entrepreneur, and a champion for health equity. Inspired by the charitable works of her immigrant mother, Dr. Nana embarked on a path of service. She first earned her Bachelor of Science at UCLA and went on to obtain her medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She then completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she held the position of Research Chief. She completed her fellowship and Masters in Global Public Health & Disaster Medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. After gaining the knowledge and experience to go where she was needed, Dr. Nana has dedicated her career to raising awareness about the social determinants of health in refugee, urban, and disaster settings. As a highly sought-after scholar, consultant, and humanitarian, Dr. Nana has both trained clinicians and field officers and been deployed during public health crises. She has worked to ensure the health of communities and the safety of medical professionals through Hurricane Katrina, the Ebola Pandemic, and many other humanitarian relief efforts across the US, Africa and the Caribbean.

In helping to found Shared Harvest Fund, Dr. Nana has created a committed organization that works to combat socioeconomic disparities in healthcare through initiatives that advance holistic health outcomes for under-resourced communities globally.

When COVID-19 struck, disparities in equal access to healthcare across the United States became even more apparent. Dr. Nana worked tirelessly to found the Shared Harvest myCovidMD™ initiative, in an endeavor to provide equal access to coronavirus testing and much-needed social services for the communities that would face the highest rates of mortality due to COVID-19. “myCovidMD is our tactical response to a systemically unequal public health and education system,” Dr. Nana has stated. Since its inception, the initiative has provided free pop-up community-based testing by building trust, administering tests, and tethering community members to a network of Community Health Partners (CHPs). What’s more, it has also self-funded a Student Loan Relief Fund for frontline volunteers and essential workers. The myCovidMD™ initiative has received accolades for its effectiveness in drawing the largest percentage of underrepresented minorities and refugees to testing sites seen across the country.

Shared Harvest has also created empatech (empathy-driven technology) and the myCovidMD™ App has been launched to provide easy access to culturally sensitive Contact Tethering and crisis counseling so that no individual or community is left behind.

All who know Dr. Nana are well aware of her exceptionalism. Her genuine love for her patients as a culturally affirming diagnostician, physician, and problem solver shines through in all that she does. The intentionality and inclusivity of the holistic approach that is seen in the myCovidMD™ initiative is merely the newest way Dr. Nana is working to provide careful care to those who need it most.

Board of Directors

MD

Dr. DeCuir is a Shared Harvest Fund cofounder, and a chief operator. She is an Emergency Medicine physician.

MD

Dr. Moreau is an Allergy and Immunologist and Chief of Research. She leads the organization’s health literacy initiatives and strives to make people feel valued.

Psy.D., M.S.

Dr. Rivera is a clinical psychologist, and advises our board and senior management on talent selection, development, and succession.

MBA, FRM

Mr. Armah is an experienced financial services professional with a passion for impact investing and 15+ years of experience in energy investing. He serves as the senior financial officer and trusted advisor for principal investing, asset management, and financial risk management.

Board of Advisors

MD

Dr. Armah is a Psychiatrist, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, and Adjunct clinical Professor at Yale Medical School. She strives to improve mental healthcare disparities and increase access to quality mental health services for vulnerable populations.

MPH, MSW

Ms. Bannerman serves as the Executive Vice President, Director of Community Investment at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) and the founding Co-Director of the Health Equity Institute. She holds a dual Masters Degrees in both Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University.

MS

Ms. Coulter is both founder of a boutique interior design & build firm, and Founder & CEO of Blackbird Collective: a private work & wellness community for the advancement of professional women of color and allies.

MD, MBA

Dr. Conwell is the associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. His expertise in Community Based Learning (CBL) helps to inform real life learning opportunities for health professional students.

PhD

Dr. Fraser is the CEO of Fraser Communications in Los Angeles and the host of The Deciders on KABC 790AM. She is a leading advocate for women leaders with nine years as an adjunct professor at USC. She is a popular speaker on the subjects of women, leadership, social marketing.

MBA

Mr. Johnson is a highly sought after Chief Technology Officer and veteran in global project development. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and a well known author, mathmagician, and mentor for tech startup founders.

MA

Mr. Jadhav is Chief Innovation Officer for LACERS, one of the largest retirement systems and pension funds in the US.

MD, PhD

Dr. Mandefro is an award-winning film/television producer, writer, director and co-founder of the production company Truth Aid.

MS

Ms. Simmons is Chief Operating Officer at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Former President of L.A. Sparks and Board of UC Regents.

MD, MPH

Dr. Lucas is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Co-Director of Leadership Education to Advance Diversity – African, Black, and Caribbean at the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

MBA

Mr. Washington is Senior Director at Capital One Bank, Co-founded an international award winning hospitality and leisure company. He is a Graduate of MIT and London Business School.

JD/MBA

Ms. Washington is a seasoned business professional with years of operations, technology, and leadership experience, passionate about improving diversity in corporate boards and company culture. A native of LA, she received her bachelor’s in political science from UCLA, and a joint JD/MBA from Harvard.

MD, FACMS

Dr. Wesley is board-certified and fellowship-trained in medical, aesthetic and surgical Dermatology. She is director of Mohs surgery at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills and clinical instructor of medicine at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Widely published, and with honors and awards.

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