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"Life is limitless"

Hi, my name is Nassim Ashford. I am a graduate of Mercer University, majoring in Global Health and Global Development with a minor in Anthropology, and I am dedicated to promoting global health equity. My passion for health arose at a young age after seeing how those in my community were affected by negative health outcomes and how social determinants impacted their health. My interest in public health includes vast topics, including mental health, environmental health, infectious diseases, and maternal and child health.

Driven by my desire to improve access and quality of care for disadvantaged communities, I have worked both domestically and abroad to gain insight into public health issues. In the summer of 2019, I traveled to Roatan, Honduras, to help implement a new patient record monitoring system to help medical professionals better meet the needs of their patients. While there, I had the opportunity to research and understand international healthcare systems from an eye-level view. During that same summer, I also was selected to participate in the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, a program implemented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In Michigan, I worked at the Washtenaw County Health Department in the Emergency Preparedness Department. This experience helped to broaden my perspective on health issues and further inclined me to pursue further education in the field. Since graduating from Mercer University, I plan to get a job working on Capitol Hill, working to improve the quality of health policies.

 

In the spring of 2020, I was selected to be a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Emerging Leader Intern. Through the program, I was placed in the office of Rep. Karen Bass, the Chair of the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. While in the position, I was able to learn more about health policy and the government's role in ensuring access to health. While working on Capitol Hill, I also plan to further my education by pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and later a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Once completing all of my degrees, I aspire to work in developing nations to improve healthcare practices during humanitarian crises and promote overall equity for those in need. I also want to pursue my research interest to alleviate health issues in minority populations, both domestically and abroad. 

 

When I'm not busy reading and doing research, I enjoy traveling to new places, doing photography, and graphic design. So far, I have been to over 14 different countries around the world, with many more on my list.   

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January 2020 - May 2020

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION EMERGING LEADER

Participant of a semester-long internship program designed to train, young leaders with the skills, outlook, and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C.

Intern in the office of Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)

May 2019 - Aug 2019

CDC FUTURE PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS PROGRAM

The University of Michigan's Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a 10-week residential program fully funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FPHLP is designed to foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to health equity through public health and career mentorship, practical field experience, seminars and workshops, and a culminating research project.
 

January 2020 - May 2020

CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION EMERGING LEADER

Participant of a semester-long internship program designed to train, young leaders with the skills, outlook, and contacts necessary to generate and sustain positive change in Washington, D.C.

Intern in the office of Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)

May 2019 - Aug 2019

CDC FUTURE PUBLIC HEALTH LEADERS PROGRAM

The University of Michigan's Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) is a 10-week residential program fully funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. FPHLP is designed to foster knowledge of, excitement about, and commitment to health equity through public health and career mentorship, practical field experience, seminars and workshops, and a culminating research project.
 

May 2019

RESEARCHER

Participated in the Mercer on Mission program located in Roatan, Honduras. Worked with three rural healthcare clinics to implement a new patient-record automation system that tracked medical health records and increased the ability for doctors to care for patients. Used quantitative and qualitative research to study the effectiveness of the system and how users adapted to it.  Volunteered in local community clinics to assist in daily operations.

January 2019 - June 2019

PROJECT MANAGEMENT INTERN FOR THE INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH, UNIVERSITY OF BENIN

Prepared health infographics for The Institute of Child Health to use on world malaria and world tuberculosis observance days. Conducted a community needs and assessment report to develop an intervention proposal aimed at decreasing the incidence of tuberculosis and malaria in the country of Nigeria. Created public service announcements to spread awareness of tuberculosis and malaria in developing nations.

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About

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Nassim Ashford is a multi-faceted business consultant and graphic designer. He enjoys working with clients to bring their visions to life. 

Outside of Naquality, LLC. , Nassim is a health and social justice advocate. He is currently attending Yale School of Public Health pursuing a Masters of Public Health in Social and Behavior Sciences.  

Business Inquiries: Naqualityllc@gmail.com

Personal Inquiries: Nassimashford@gmail.com

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NEW CBCF INTERNS EMBARK ON CAPITOL HILL EXPERIENCE IN WASHINGTON

JANUARY 2020

WASHINGTON — The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) today welcomed 25 undergraduate students and recent graduates into its Congressional and C-Suite Internship programs. The cohort members began their assignments today and will spend the next three months working in congressional offices where they will observe first-hand the inner workings of Capitol Hill and learn how federal legislation is developed.

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OCTOBER 2019

Nassim Ashford was part of the 2019 FPHLP cohort. He is a senior at Mercer University, majoring in Global Health & Global Develpment with a minor in Anthropology. During his summer with FPHLP, Nassim interned at the Washtenaw County Health Department with the Emergency Preparedness Division.

JANUARY 2020

Nassim Ashford is a Mercer University senior who has been selected for one of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Emerging Leaders Internships and will spend this semester working on Capitol Hill.

Ashford completed graduation requirements for his bachelor’s degree a semester early and plans to participate in commencement in May. While in college, he has served as president of the Gamma Zeta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., treasurer of the Caribbean Student Association and program chair of the Mercer International Affairs Organization. After graduation, Ashford plans to attend graduate school and work domestically and internationally to improve health care practices and promote health equity for those in need.

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SENIORS MACIRE ARIBOT, NASSIM ASHFORD SELECTED FOR CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS FOUNDATION INTERNSHIPS ON CAPITOL HILL

JANUARY 2020

MACON – Mercer University seniors Macire Aribot and Nassim Ashford were awarded Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Emerging Leaders Internships and will spend this semester working on Capitol Hill.

CBCF is a nonprofit nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that focuses on advancing the global black community. Interns work in congressional offices and participate in professional development sessions.

Aribot and Ashford, both from Lithonia, completed the requirements for their Bachelor of Arts degrees a semester early and plan to participate in commencement in May.

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LEADERSHIP HIGHLIGHT: NASSIM ASHFORD THE BASILEUS OF OMEGA PSI PHI AT MERCER UNIVERSITY

APRIL 2019

In an effort to highlight the young leaders who are leading undergraduate chapters across the nation, we at Watch The Yard reached out to the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.’s Gamma Zeta Chapter at Mercer University and did an interview with Nassim Ashford the president of the chapter.

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