Najaf Ahmad, MPH, has worked on a vast range of initiatives since joining the Foundation. These have included managing the Foundation’s coverage campaigns aimed at making health care coverage for all a top national priority, and efforts to maintain visibility of key health policy issues on Capitol Hill by managing Foundation-sponsored activities with the Alliance for Health Reform. She has also managed major initiatives aimed at building capacity in the health and health care workforce.
These days Ahmad brings her gusto for writing and passion for spreading vibrant stories about the Foundation’s work as managing editor of the Culture of Health blog, where she leads a team of writers in producing compelling and valuable content on the Foundation's key focus areas. Ahmad has also written on diverse issues spanning global health, nutrition, and equity while also imparting valuable lessons from leaders and experts. She also works closely with key Foundation staff to help translate their valuable perspectives and ideas into engaging and informative content for RWJF’s internal and external communications platforms.
Previously, Ahmad worked as a research analyst at Rutgers Center for State Health Policy where she researched issues pertaining to administration of State Pharmacy Assistance Programs as well as methods for providing state support to Federally Qualified Health Centers. She also held internships with the New Jersey Public Health Association, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.
Ahmad earned a master's degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and administration from the Yale University School of Public Health. She earned a BS in public health from Rutgers, The State University of N.J. where she graduated with honors. She lives in Lawrence, N.J. with her husband, a pediatric cardiologist, and their children. In her spare time she is an avid traveler, voracious reader, and self-proclaimed podcast junkie.