Rashidah L. Abdul-Khabeer, RN, MHS, PhD

Member, CAIR-Philadelphia Executive Committee

Dr. Abdul-Khabeer is a registered nurse with a 35-year history as a public health activist and advocate for those impacted by HIV/AIDS both locally and nationally, especially for people of color. She is the past Director of Community-based Health Services for AccessMatters, a Philadelphia public health organization with a mission to secure access to, and equity in sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Abdul-Khabeer was responsible for managing the community-level direct services component of the organization. Her responsibilities include overseeing HIV related education and services for women, men, children and their families, serving more than 2200 families annually under HRSA and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health; and as Principle Investigator of a 5 year-grant CDC High Impact HIV Prevention Project for men of color, Brothers United.

Her accomplishments include the integration of HIV care, reproductive health and family planning services in the major medical centers in Philadelphia, including the facilitation of HIV testing in labor and delivery, under a 3-year HRSA grant as a national model: The Women’s Initiative (WIN); creating a service model for HIV high risk men of color including counseling, testing, linkage to care and navigation services; the founding of BEBASHI, Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues, a Philadelphia community-based organization providing sexual health education, case management and support services in communities of color; a founding member of the Circle of Care, and a founding Board member and past Board Chair of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) in Washington, DC. Dr. Abdul-Khabeer has served as a community consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) and the Office of Minority Health (DHHS).

Dr. Abdul-Khabeer is currently the Program Development Coordinator for the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations – Concilio, a social services organization serving the Latino communities of Philadelphia. In addition, Dr. Abdul-Khabeer has served as Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University in the School of Community and Global Public Health, and at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professionals. She is a regular lecturer in women’s health, domestic and intimate partner violence, reproductive health and social justice, other issues in public health as well as serving as student mentor at several universities throughout metropolitan Philadelphia, including Macy Leadership Institute at Drexel University.

Dr. Abdul-Khabeer received her nursing education from the Drexel University College of Nursing (Medical College of Pennsylvania), her Master in Human Services, Community and Social Service Development from Lincoln University, Pennsylvania and her PhD in Human Services, Research and Evaluation from Capella University.