Dr. Henna Budhwani, assistant professor in the department of health care organization and policy and deputy director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has been named by the Birmingham Business Journal as one of Birmingham’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40, a select group of key leaders who have contributed to their organization’s success and had a vital impact in the community.
[Photo: Dr. Henna Budhwani]
Per Dr. Budhwani, “The Birmingham Business Journal has a long-standing history of recognizing the work of community and business leaders. Similarly, the UAB School of Public Health and the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health are committed to advancing knowledge through research and practice with the intent of assisting humanity achieve its potential. This award, therefore, is of immense significance to me as not only a recognition of my personal commitment to improving the quality of life of vulnerable populations but also as a testament to the good work being done throughout the UAB School of Public Health.”
Dr. Budhwani works nationally and internationally to improve health outcomes within vulnerable populations through public health practice. Dr. Budhwani’s research agenda focuses on health disparities with an emphasis on vulnerable populations — specifically immigrants and minorities in the United States, and women and youth abroad. She has active projects in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic in the area of HIV reduction in adolescents and youth. Over the past decade, Dr. Budhwani has worked or volunteered in Syria, Nepal, UAE, India, Tanzania, and Kenya. She has supported research studies and implementation projects in Tajikistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Additionally, Dr. Budhwani has made significant strides in increasing awareness about global health and citizenship through the establishment of the Sparkman Fellows Program engaging highly motivated students seeking to enhance their understanding of global issues, the Sparkman Community Partners for involving local agencies working globally or those having an interest in global health and international development, and the Friends of the Sparkman Center for encouraging individuals who have worked or are working abroad. Dr. Budhwani teaches in the UAB Global Health Studies graduate certificate program, as well as Introduction to Global Health to undergraduate students.
Dr. Budhwani is heavily engaged in the local community. She has served as a panelist during Birmingham’s Empowerment Week in 2014 on the topic of persistent discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities and has spoken on the experience of American-born ethnic minorities at the White House – sponsored Asian American Pacific Islander Youth Summit in 2015. Dr. Budhwani is a member of the March of Dimes Chapter NICU Action Committee, was on the Board of Trustees for the Alabama Waldorf School, is a patron of the Birmingham Museum of Art Indian Cultural Society, worked as a crisis-helpline volunteer, is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has been represented in the media speaking on challenges affecting the global community.