I was born in Queens, NY and raised by a woman of great strength and dedication to helping others. Growing up in a household below the federal poverty level, I became intimately familiar with inequities very early on. I found myself increasingly drawn to health justice issues as I learned how the lack of health cripple’s one’s ability to truly thrive and live with dignity.
Currently, I am completing my Emergency Medicine Residency at Advocate Christ Medical Center, one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Centers in the nation. I graduated from Yale School of Medicine where I co-founded a course on US Health Justice that trains medical, nursing, and physician associate students on optimizing interdisciplinary teamwork to advance health equity through organizational change and community-based advocacy. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, I also worked to develop clinical-community partnerships for information exchange and targeted community-based interventions for complex and vulnerable patient populations at Yale New Haven Hospital, selected by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid’s Innovation to pilot the Accountable Health Communities Model.
I received my MPH with a concentration in Epidemiological & Biostatistical Methods from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a fully-funded Sommer Scholar. During that time, I launched Systemic Disease, a national initiative that generated qualitative data analytics to promote diversity and inclusion within healthcare systems.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar. Previously, I have served as National Chair of the American Medical Student Association’s Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health Committee and as a National Editorial Advisor for The New Physician Magazine.
I have been recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar, Van Amson Service Fellow, Young People For (YP4) Fellow, Humanity in Action Fellow, Yale Seton Elm-Ivy Award recipient among others. My work has inspired the creation of the annual The Robert Rock and Tehreem Rehman Activism Award at Yale School of Medicine, featured in the 2018 Exhibition of 100 Years of Women at Yale School of Medicine, and highlighted as an Eco-Hero in the April 2009 issue of Glamour Magazine.
I love to write, am eager to continuously reaffirm the social mission in medicine, and am invested in the design of more just and equitable health care systems and policy.
You can reach me on twitter @TehreemRehman.