Anousha Hakim Shooshtari takes Timmy to Indy
Anousha Hakim Shooshtari knows Timmy—Timmy Global Health, that is.
In 2012, Anousha co-founded Timmy Global Health at USF and currently serves as president. Recently, she traveled to Indianapolis and shared how USF students are addressing global health disparities at the Annual Timmy Global Health Charity Gala.
According to the organization’s website, “Timmy Global Health is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.” The organization has more than 30 college chapters across the United States and USF is the only chapter in Florida.
Students in the local chapter spend countless hours volunteering at community fairs and health clinics; coordinating global health advocacy events and programs; and, educating others on health matters in a global society. Additionally, the organization sponsors fundraisers throughout the year that support medical supplies for the communities they visit.
In August, members of the USF Chapter journey to Tena, Ecuador as part of a medical brigade. Paired with 30 health professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and optometrists, students from a variety of disciplines will provide primary and preventative healthcare to communities in need.
“We all share the same passion and are focused on one goal,” said Shooshtari. “… To expand health care access to remote regions of the Amazon basin. If successful, we’ll slowly begin to improve the health and well-being of Ecuadorian citizens in the region.”
Timmy Global Health at USF hosts their Second Annual Light Up the Night Art Charity Event at the Tampa Museum of Art on April 5 from 6-8 pm. The event is open to the public and all proceeds benefit communities and patients served by the USF chapter.
Anousha Hakim Shooshtari is earning a master of public health degree in global communicable diseases from the USF College of Public Health.