Ayyub Hanif is an accomplished healthcare leader, social entrepreneur, and public speaker with the belief that “service is a core tenant of being human, and that the social good truly is a responsibility upon all of us.” As CEO of Healthy Solutions/Inge Benevolent Ministries, he established a Health and Social Services Center to care for the underserved and uninsured women and children which also provides shelter to homeless women and children victims of domestic violence.
During the early days of the pandemic, Hanif utilized his position at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing to access the most up-to-date research on COVID-19 to purchase and distribute thousands of quality cloth (with filter), PM2.5 Surgical, and N95 face masks to anybody he could find that needed them (at the time individuals were selling numerous fake products at excessive prices to the needy). Recognizing the serious health implications of misinformation coupled with the lack of administrative infrastructure to withstand a health emergency of this magnitude, he reallocated a large portion of our budget towards direct community and social support. According to him, the initiative would require him to “rapidly retool, repurpose, and reallocate our human resources because we aren’t prepared to respond to a domestic emergency of this magnitude for this long.” Being a nurse he purchased a MERV13 air purifier for the front lobby of his condo and gave masks to the frontline staff and guests for free. As a nurse, although he was in full nursing attire (scrubs) and a current resident, he was not only forced to cease and desist but also is being legally reprimanded by his condo for caring enough to be on the frontline attempting to save the lives of others, for what they instead determined was him causing a public nuisance in their “upscale” lobby. Truly one going above and beyond in the fight against COVID-19.
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