Mohamed recently joined FOCUS 1000, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Sierra Leone that is working to improve the health and well-being of women and children, especially during the first 1000 days of a child’s life – the period from conception to when the child reaches age two. He implements integrated communication strategies that promote the organization’s work while leading the development of health communication and health promotion campaigns around maternal and child health issues affecting the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
Prior to working with FOCUS 1000, Mohamed served as a project coordinator at New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation managed at the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning. His major responsibilities there included working with the deputy director on management and administration of the program. Mohamed developed communication strategies aimed at engaging the program’s grantees and diverse network of researchers in health and healthcare. Building on his experience in Web design and electronic media communications, he leveraged social media and other Web 2.0 tools in promoting New Connections to various target audiences. Mohamed also led the development and customization of an integrated Constituency Relation Management (CRM) database used for the program’s monitoring, communication, and events management efforts.
Before joining OMG Center, he worked at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention as a research assistant on an NIH R01 project entitled “Navigating Men’s Health: Are We Our Brother’s Keeper?” In this capacity, he worked with a consortium of stakeholders in developing a training curriculum for lay health advisers in the area of cardiovascular disease management among African American men. He led the evaluation of the lay health training of the Brothers Keeper project, triangulating qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Prior to his graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill, Mohamed planned and implemented substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention programs at Rutgers Health Services. In addition, he led the revision of “RU Up in Smoke,” an evidence-based smoking cessation guide informed by the trans-theoretical model (TTM).
Mohamed graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in public health, and received his master’s in public health from the Health Behavior Department at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is an alumnus of the Interdisciplinary Health Communication graduate certificate program at UNC-Chapel Hill.