Henna Budhwani
Published September 16, 2021

Henna Budhwani is an associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public Health; visiting assistant professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies; and affiliated faculty with the Florida State University Center for Translational Behavioral Science. A medical sociologist, Budhwani researches the causes and effects of health disparities among populations stigmatized due to their background, health status and residence in areas that lack resources. 

Budhwani studies human rights to create solutions to public health and clinical care inequities. Her recent work focuses on improving COVID-19 and HPV vaccine use by addressing hesitancy, outlining the harmful effects of stigma, reducing maternal mortality and improving HIV prevention outcomes in rural and urban areas. She works with adolescents, young adults, Black populations and sexual and gender minorities in the U.S. and abroad.

Budhwani was co-recipient of the Robert Carr Research Award at AIDS 2020, a global conference on HIV and AIDS eradication, for her research on sexual activity in various populations across eastern Caribbean islands. She also received the Vulcan Award, Birmingham’s highest honor, from the city’s mayor in 2016. 

Previously, Budhwani served as the deputy director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health and as a senior statistician with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

She holds a B.S. in biology from Northern Illinois University; master’s degrees in public health and sociology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham; and a Ph.D in medical basic sciences from the same. She is quoted in The Atlantic, WBHM and the Los Angeles Times.

A Pakistani woman with curly, dark brown hair smiles directly at the camera. She is seen from the chest up, wearing a black shirt and black blazer.

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Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Adolescent health, public health, medical sociology, vaccine hesitancy

Location: Birmingham, Ala.

Email: budhwani@uab.edu

Phone: (205) 975-7613

Twitter: @medsociology 

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