Baltimore, MD
YP-CDN Baltimore officially began in October 2016 at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since then, we have been actively growing, recruiting students and professionals nearby, including the medical school, nursing school, and business school. Our group consists of passionate leaders who want to improve the way we manage non-communicable diseases not only locally in Baltimore, but globally. We strongly believe in the power of advocacy and education as vehicles for change.
We welcome all interested individuals so please join us! You can reach us at


Chapter Size: 60+ members


Chapter Leader(s):

Hussain Lalani is a Texas native with familial roots in Pakistan and East Africa. He studied Neuroscience and Global Health at Duke University and had the opportunity to live in rural western Kenya while assessing child malnutrition and cognitive development for Mama na Dada, a local grassroots organization. Hussain started medical school at Duke in the fall of 2013 and was part of a team that helped grow the impact of Let’s Be Well Red, a social venture that provides a simple solution in the form of a GudNeSs bar to combat iron-deficiency anemia in India. Later on, he returned to Kenya to research intensive care unit outcomes and mortality in Eldoret as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow. He is currently a Master of Public Health (MPH) student at JHSPH and is interested in health systems strengthening, health policy, and large-scale health outcomes of non-communicable disease, with a focus on cardiovascular disease. Hussain intends to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine beginning in the summer of 2018.

Minzhi Xing is a Singaporean-born, Australian-trained physician and researcher who is interested in reducing the burden of cancer worldwide. As a student, she was an advocate for refugee health and reducing sociodemographic disparities in access to care. Minzhi was a Hoc Mai Australia-Vietnam Medical Foundation Global Health Scholar and had the opportunity to run medical and surgical clinics addressing chronic disease locally in Hanoi, Vietnam. She has worked as a postdoctoral cancer researcher at Emory University and Yale School of Medicine, with a particular focus in health services and comparative effectiveness outcomes in oncology. As a current Master of Public Health (MPH) student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), her interests include health advocacy and health policy in chronic disease.


Brief Overview of the NCD Situation in Your Country:

As of 2014, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) accounted for approximately 88% of the all deaths in the United States. The leading cause of death, cardiovascular disease, contributed approximately 614,000 deaths followed closely by the cancer, which was responsible for 592,000 deaths.

According to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in November 2016, the risk of death from heart disease and cancer has declined since the 1960s and 1990s, respectively. However, while the absolute number of deaths from heart disease has decreased from 1969-2014, the overall number of cancer deaths has increased. There are racial and ethnic differences with respect to burden of disease: heart disease was the leading causing of death for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black populations in 2014 while cancer was the leading cause of death among Hispanics and non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islanders.Of note, cancer has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states. If current trends continue, it is predicted that cancer will become the leading cause of death by 2020. It is important to note that an additional 210,000 deaths annually are attributed to stroke and diabetes (133,000 and 77,000, respectively).

In addition, chronic lower respiratory disease accounts for 1 in every 12 deaths, or approximately 147,000 deaths. One major risk factor contributing to the burden of NCDs in the United States is obesity. More than 1/3 of US adults (36.5%) are obese and the prevalence of obesity is slightly higher among women compared to men (38.3% vs. 34.3%). In terms of race and ethnicity, Non-Hispanic black adults have the highest prevalence of obesity (48.1%), followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (34.5%), and non-Hispanic Asians adults (11.7%). Although the prevalence of smoking has declined since 2005, it remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for 1 in every 5 deaths. As of 2015, 15% of U.S. adults aged 18 or older smoke cigarettes (CDC).


Chapter's Current Areas of Focus:

  • Advocacy - Prescription Drug Affordability and Price Transparency in Maryland via the Maryland General Assembly
  • Education and Awareness - Assessing the understanding of the burden of non-communicable disease among students, faculty, and staff at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Hosting awareness events throughout the year including World Cancer Day (Feb. 3, 2017)


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