NanaEfua Afoh-Manin, MD, MPH
As a social entrepreneur and thought leader in health equity, Dr. Nana co-founded Shared Harvest, an empathy driven telehealth and health care staffing platform. She believes that health is a human right and has helped organizations and government agencies design programs that close the equity gap by addressing student loan debt and other financial, social and political determinants of health. As an Emergency Physician and Chief Equity & Innovation Officer for Shared Harvest | myCovidMD - she has a twenty year track record of improving access to higher education and strengthening support for BIPOC and underestimated clinicians.
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated health disparities and increased the burnout rates of Black and Brown medical professionals. Witnessing this firsthand, she developed myCovidMD and led a community-based emergency task force to service hardest hit communities in LA, Oakland, and New York. The Community Health Partners (CHP) network is made up of culturally diverse clinicians serving vulnerable residents. This network has reached over 15,000 residents and continues to position itself as a trusted health resource.
Dr. Nana designed Project #RESUS and released the documentary, I Am Not Your Hero, to raise awareness, resuscitate the medical provider pipeline and reinforce support around Black, women and first generation health professionals. Shared Harvest is about spreading compassion through wellness, service and student loan relief for frontline health professionals while ensuring they receive the behavioral health services, peer support and capital they need to thrive. In 2021, she received the National Medical Association Community Service Award and was nominated by the LA Sparks as Women of the Year.
Dr. Nana is married to a fellow Bruin and has a 6 year old firecracker who is destined to be the next Renaldo. She enjoys the balance of good trouble, family and good laughs and never forgets to take her dance breaks.