Who We Are

Our Mission

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

Who We Are
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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

  • Abu Sarah, Aziz
    Abu Sarah, Aziz

    Aziz Abu Sarah is a Palestinian American and a recognized peace builder. He works around the globe as a cultural educator, responsible travel innovator and inspirational speaker.  He is the co-founder of Mejdi Tours.

    • Barth-Rogers, Yohanna, M.D.
      Barth-Rogers, Yohanna, M.D.

      Dr. Barth-Rogers has a background in ethics, grant writing and vast medical knowledge as a family physician. She is currently the Chief Medical Officer of the University Muslim Medical Association (UMMA) Community Clinic in South Los Angeles.

      • Basha, Sarah
        Basha, Sarah

        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.

        • Elzawahry, Heba, M.D., M.PH.
          Elzawahry, Heba, M.D., M.PH.

          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.

          • Johnson, Jennal
            Johnson, Jennal

            Jennal Johnson is a family nurse practitioner who has previously worked in endocrine practices and clinics focused on underserved communities (migrant, homeless and rural). She is currently working as a clinical director supporting insulin related product development. She has special training in diabetes management and she is a certified diabetes educator.

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

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

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

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

                • Koteen, Ellen
                  Koteen, Ellen

                  Much of Ellen’s work has been based on the concept of community organization, and Ellen hold’s a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She  co-founded the Berkeley Free Health Clinic, a battered women’s shelter in 1979, the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network in 1987 and is the  founder of Easthampton City Arts in 2005.

                  • Levine, Cathy
                    Levine, Cathy

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

                    • Meadow, Karen, Treasurer
                      Meadow, Karen, Treasurer

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

                      • Millwee, Elizabeth
                        Millwee, Elizabeth
                        Elizabeth Millwee (BSN, RN) is a nurse with 20+ years’ experience in pediatric emergency care and most recently as a Poisoning Information Specialist.  She is interested in the social determinants of health and their impact on health outcomes.

                        Founder & Executive Director

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                        Norbert Goldfield, MDPracticing 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.

                        Scientific Advisory Board

                        • Giovanni Apolone, M.D., lstituto Mario Negri, Milano Italy
                        • 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
                        • 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

                        HATD Staff

                        Photo Credits

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