Hala is a patient family centered care advocate, speaker, and consultant. Her professional background includes event and meeting management, non-profit work, and development. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs and M.A. in Tourism Administration, both from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her passion for this work stems from her experiences as a mother of a chronically ill child who has undergone two liver transplants and a bone marrow transplant.
Hala currently serves on a number of national committees, including, but not limited to, the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Partnerships Network Executive Committee, and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Care Delivery and Integration Cabinet. In addition, Hala has served on the IOM Patient Family Leadership Network consultative group and the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care and Gold Foundation Triple “C” advisory group.
Hala also serves as a consultant on projects focusing on patient/family engagement, interprofessional education and practice, patient quality and safety.
Hala has spoken at conferences for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative, the Institute for Patient Family Centered Care, a number of state healthcare organizations; as well as being a regular invitee to a number of meetings and forums.
Hala served as a volunteer co-chair of the Women and Children’s PFAC at Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, MD. In her various roles at AAMC, Hala provided education to staff on PFCC issues and served on a number of leadership committees. Hala was a co-founder of the 1st Women and Children’s PFAC and assisted in launching the first advisor-nursing shadowing program.
Hala continues to share her story and perspectives in national forums and with national associations. She truly believes that healthcare will only move forward when we ALL partner together; together we are better.