Imani Washington, M.S.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE)
Ms. Washington is no stranger to rural health care issues or to leadership positions, as she is quickly becoming an up-and-coming member of a class of young professionals who are making a difference in their respective local communities.
She currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE) at Tuskegee University, where she provides leadership for the outreach and education programs that address the utilization of Electronic Health Records as a strategy to reduce health disparities in the Black Belt. Acting in this capacity, she plays an integral part in managing the field activities of the HDIRE, who serves as sub-contractors in the Black Belt counties for the Alabama Medicaid Agency, regarding their Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use initiatives. She also provides outstanding leadership in other areas, as she is an integral player in the development and coordination of program activities for HDIRE’s Women in Science and Health (WISH) and Certified Peer Educator (CPE) Trainee Program.
Earlier this year, Washington was selected to be part of the 2013 class of Community Scholars for the Institute of Rural Health at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. In this role, she joins an elite group of community leaders who: (1) are interested in promoting health and eliminating diseases in their local communities; and, (2) will be trained to be collaborators and innovators, as they wage war against the chronic diseases and social disparities that are dissipating their minority communities.
Prior to joining the HDIRE, she was the program coordinator for the Rural Health Education Network (RHEN) and the Tuskegee Area Health Education Center (TAHEC). RHEN program goals focused on wellness and disease prevention strategies aimed at promoting healthy living and preventing diabetes, hypertension and obesity, through its Health Screenings and Referrals and Community Education Outreach programs. While there, she organized and directed the Health Screening and Referrals (HSR), and Community Education Outreach (CEO) programs including the tele-health events that were operated by the RHEN.
Her commitment to social welfare manifests itself through her volunteer endeavors including service as a Community Associate for Macon County at the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF), where she functions as a local ambassador in the community, and Macon County BBCF Grants Committee member.
She has held diverse volunteer and staff positions with organizations in Alabama’s Black Belt that are committed to positively impacting the lives of community residents such as the Hale County Empowerment and Revitalization Organization (HERO); Habitat for Humanity of Hale County; The United Way of Lee County; NAACP; and, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Organization in Tuskegee, AL.
She received a Master of Science degree from Auburn University and dual Bachelor of Arts degree from Tuskegee University.