Who We Are

Our Mission

Measurably improve the health of marginalized people living in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories via community-based intervention.

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Our Vision

We aim to improve the capacity and the effectiveness of the community groups that we fund. Long term, we hope for the day that some of the leaders of the groups we have funded might be tomorrow’s political leaders.

Meet Our Board

  • Benjamin A. Gitterman, M.D., FAAP
    Benjamin A. Gitterman, M.D., FAAP

    Pediatrician with special interests in health care delivery for underserved children and children’s environmental health.

    • Candida Quinn
      Candida Quinn

      Immigration and human rights attorney, with more than two decades of experience in representing the foreign-born before U.S. tribunals.

      • Cathy Levine
        Cathy Levine

        Former Executive Director of Universal Health Care Action Network in Ohio, serving for over two decades as an advocate for consumers in health care.

        • Heba Elzawahry
          Heba Elzawahry

          Heba Elzawahry is a family physician with special training in global health, and geriatrics.  She has worked serving the chronically ill, homeless and uninsured communities of the greater Washington DC and Los Angeles.

          • Herb Gillette
            Herb Gillette

            As an analyst and technical expert, Herb worked for the National Security Agency and then became Project Manager for private companies contracting with various US agencies such as the FAA,
            Dept. of State and NOAA; and has worked in IT, education, outreach, video management and more.

            • Husam El-Qoulaq
              Husam El-Qoulaq

              Founder and principal attorney of a Los Angeles-based boutique law firm that represents artists, entrepreneurs, and others in the entertainment and media industries.

              • Karen Meadow
                Karen Meadow

                Consults with non-profits on budgeting and general nonprofit management issues – fundraising, planning, and computer management of fundraising and related data.

                • Lewis E. Kazis, Sc.D.
                  Lewis E. Kazis, Sc.D.

                  Professor, Health Policy and Management, Boston University School of Public Health.

                  • Mark Habeeb, Ph.D.
                    Mark Habeeb, Ph.D.

                    International public affairs expert.

                    • Mordechai Kamel, J.D., M.D.
                      Mordechai Kamel, J.D., M.D.

                      Retired pediatric orthopedic surgeon, now practicing public interest law medico-legal consultation.

                      • Norbert Goldfield, MD
                        Norbert Goldfield, MD Founder and Executive Director

                        Practicing internist at a community health center, with over 30 years of experience restructuring health care systems both at a national level and in community settings as well as extensive experience working with Israelis and Palestinians.

                        • Paul Hassoun, M.D.
                          Paul Hassoun, M.D.

                          Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

                          • Sarah Basha
                            Sarah Basha

                            Co-Founder and President of OneBlue, a Washington DC based non-profit devoted to conflict resolution for clients such as the Dept. of State and US Army.

                            Scientific Advisory Board

                            • Giovanni Apolone, M.D., lstituto Mario Negri, Milano Italy
                            • Benjamin Gitterman, M.D., Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
                            • Donald George, M.D., Nemours Medical Center, Jacksonville, FL
                            • Ronald Goodspeed, M.D., Falls River, MA
                            • Elizabeth Hembree Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, PA
                            • Pere lbern, Ph.D., Universitat Pompeu Fabro, Barcelona, Spain
                            • Lewis Kazis, ScD., Veterans Administration Health System, Boston, MA
                            • Thomas Kravis, M.D., San Francisco,CA
                            • Celia Larson, Ph.D., Nashville, TN
                            • Jeffrey Lerner, Ph.D. ECRI, Philadelphia, PA
                            • Azeem Majeed, M.D., Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, London, United Kingdom
                            • Rick Rawson, Ph.D., UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
                            • Patrick Romano, M.D., University California, Davis
                            • Ellen Siegel, R.N., Washington, DC
                            • Rick Surpin, Independence Care System, New York, NY
                            • Neil Arya, M.D., University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
                            • Ariela Lowenstein, Ph.D., University of Haifa, Israel
                            • Antonio Nicolucci, M.D., lstituto Mario Negri, Sud, Italy

                            HATD Staff

                            Photo Credits

                            • Ellen Augarten
                            • Jonathan Groner
                            • Stan Schapiro
                            • Joan Wiener