Maleeha Ahmad
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
AmeriCorps VISTA, Outreach VISTA, also Public Health Professional and Photographer

Maleeha Ahmad is a public health professional and a fine art photojournalist. She is a Pakistani American Muslim and the daughter of immigrant parents who emphasize education and work within local and global communities. Ms. Ahmad received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Photography from Augusta University, where she was inspired to pursue opportunities to empower people at the individual and systems levels. Ms. Ahmad’s experience visiting extended family in Pakistan and a medical mission trip to Guatemala demonstrated to her that the populations she would work with are the experts and her responsibility was to help build and extend capacity

As a result, Ms. Ahmad furthered her education with a Masters of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis. This experience in academia, along with the political environment, inspired her to refocus and expand her efforts on gender roles, racial inequities and their impact on an individual’s health. Specifically, Ms. Ahmad played an integral role on a project writing about the health effects of racism on Black women and girls. Currently, her career is focused on program evaluation through a systematic lens of institutional and external equity, believing in the power of community engagement for change.

Ms. Ahmad is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher and believes yoga is a tool for increasing resiliency and reducing the effects of short-term and chronic trauma. Ms. Ahmad spoke at the St. Louis Women’s March and was a plaintiff in a case with ACLU Missouri. She is also an active volunteer with WeStories which uses the power of children’s literature to educate White families with the tools needed to work towards a more equitable and inclusive future for St. Louis.

Ms. Ahmad photography encompasses fine art street photography and invites viewers to recognize biases.