Amina Shams currently serves as an independent consultant in the area of Public Health, and most recently was responsible for authoring the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Bon Secours Health System. She is experienced in leveraging information technology to advance the goals of health care reform policy. She has led the strategic planning, design and implementation of a large hospital system's Patient Centered Medical Home, developed a mechanism for hospitals to report Meaningful Use data, and served as the Enterprise Project Manager responsible for retiring legacy hospital systems as the EMR 'EPIC' was implemented. Amina is extremely passionate about her work with Moroccan orphans. In response to the previous ban on foreign adoptions in Morocco and the passing of the Universal Accreditation Act that changed international adoption laws, Amina worked with a grassroots movement to help establish the first Muslim faith-based adoption agency in the U.S. and had the privilege of being one of the first people to adopt a child through the agency in July 2015. Amina served in numerous roles for the organization, including Fundraising Chair and Charitable Programs Lead. She also served as the Founder/Program Coordinator for the H.O.P.E.(Helping Orphans Progress Emotionally) Program, and served as a Program Coordinator for Education Sponsorship. Amina completed an Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Tulane University with concentrations in Health Education and Communications & Maternal and Child Health. She received a dual bachelors degree (BA) from University of Maryland Baltimore County in Health Administration Public Policy and Management Information Systems.