WHO WE ARE - Ibn Sina Foundation

Ibn Sina Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and nondenominational organization established in 2001, engage in primary and preventive healthcare and extends medical, dental, mental wellness, diagnostic, and specialty services to the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income communities through its 8 clinics. The foundation is one of the largest primary health service providers in Greater Houston and caters to more than 80,000 patient visits in a year. Besides its clinical services, it strives to organize community education and outreach programs like lecture sessions, tranings, workshops, seminars, and conferences on various themes and topics.


The U.S. has one of the highest rates of depression in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. adults live with a mental illness (52.9 million in 2020 and makes up 20% of the population) but only 46% of those affected receive mental health care. 16.5% of U.S Youth aged 1-17 experienced a mental health disorder and 50% receives mental health care. Mental health disorders like depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, account for several of the top causes of disability and lead to suicide attempts. In addition, 1 in 25 are currently living with a serious mental illness, such as an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or major depression.

Texas is one of the most populated states with a population of 26.9 million making it second in the nation. Around 4% of adults (according to SAMHSA) live with serious mental health conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Of these, only 38% get treatment, and the remaining 62% are without treatment or proper support. According to Mental Health America (MHA), Texas ranks last on the board (51/51) in overall access to mental health. 

The reasons for less access to mental health in Texas are lack of adequate resources and funds, shortage of trained professionals, low insurance coverage or financial challenges, stigma prevalence – especially within various ethnic and immigrant communities – and less knowledge about the existing resources. In addition to the above factors, individuals in some communities, do not consider mental illness as a disease. They deem it more like a divine retribution or a spiritual problem (Tim Newman, 2020, Medical myths: Mental health misconceptions). Throughout history, in times of crises, many people turned to their faith or community leaders for solace and support (according to the Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiative, US Dept of Health, 1 in 4 turns to their faith leader). Educating people about the importance, significance, and treatments available for mental health can be possible through their trusted faith leaders. Identifying faith leaders who can influence and get out the message about mental health is a step in preventing serious mental illness from ever occurring.

In response to this need the Ibn Sina Foundation (ISF), in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness, Greater Houston (NAMI), Mental Health America (MHA), Fort Bend County Behavioral Health Services, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, and other partner organizations, organizing the Interfaith Behavioral and Mental health Conference. The primary purpose of this conference is to increase awareness of mental health, provide a platform, build knowledge around identifying mental health issues, and mobilize faith and community leaders, from various traditions, to bring tools and resources back to their congregations and communities.

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Outreach Advisory Board, Ibn Sina Foundation 


a. Executive Committee

1Nasruddin RupaniChairIbn Sina Foundation
2Munir IbrahimChair, Outreach Advisory BoardIbn Sina Foundation
3Sherif ZaafranMember, Advisory BoardIbn Sina Foundation
4Connie AlmeidaDirector, Behavioral HealthFort Bent County
5Angelina HudsonExecutive DirectorNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
6Dr. Luming LiChief Medical OfficerHarries Center for Mental Health
7Renae TomczakCEO, Mental Health AmericaGreater Houston
8Daniel StoeckerChief Eexecutive OfficerThe Allience
9Mike DotsonChef Executive OfficeAccessHealth
10Jodi BernsteinVice President for Interfaith Relations and Community PartnershipsInterfaith Ministries
11Quianta MooreExecutive DirectorThe Hackett Center for Mental Health

b. Core Committee

1Maryum KhanVice Chair, Outreach Advisory BoardISF
2Dr. Steve SchneeEx. CEOHarris Center for MH & IDD
3Rev. Joy JohnsonChapelwood United Church
4Melodee Toles Episcopal Health Foundation
5Kim Williams MH Advocate
6Vipin KumarPresidentIndia House
7Faruk TabanPresidentNorth American University
8Nadia TajalliChair, Development CommitteeInterfaith Ministries
9Amy Bezecny Cultivating Families
10Rev. Will StarkweatherFort Bend Interfaith Council & St Martin's Evangelical Church
11Mahtab Moradi DirectorBehavioral Health FormulaMed
12Scott Hausman-WeissRabbi of Congregation Shma Koleinu
13Kim MabryProgram Manager, Interfaith EngagementInterfaith Ministries


Nasruddin Rupani, Chair – Ibn Sina Foundation

Munir Ibrahim, Chair – Outreach Advisory Board, ISF

Maryum Khan, Conference Core Committee Chair

Angelina Hudson, Executive Director – National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Houston (NAMI-GH)

Renae Tomczak, Chief Executive Officer – Mental Health America, Greater Houston

Daniel Stoecker, Chief Executive Officer – The Alliance

Judge Christian Becerra, Fort Bent County Judge

Dr. Steve Schnee, Harris Center for MH & IDD

Rev. Joy Johnson, Chapelwood United Church

Melodee Toles, Episcopal Health Foundation

Kim Williams, HCA Houston Healthcare

Vipin Kumar, India House, Houston

Dr. Faruk Taban, North American University

Nadia Tajalli, Interfaith Ministries

Amy Bezecny, Cultivating Families

Rev. Will Starkweather, Fort Bend Interfaith Council & St Martin’s Evangelical Church

Mahtab Moradi, Behavioral Health FormulaMed

Scott Hausman-Weiss, Rabbi of Congregation Shma Koleinu

Kim Mabry, Interfaith Ministries 

Dr. Samina Salim, University of Houston

Hasnain Walji, United Global Inc.

Sajnay Patel, Monk

Samir Sabir, Konig Aluminum

Afreen Merchant, Harmony Science Academy

Hoang Nguyen, The Fountain of Praise

Neomi Fletcher, Central South District, UM Church

Dr. Mei Frias, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston

Nasir Hafeez Malik, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Ella Uwimana, Universal Humanitarian Rescue Mission’s 

Loloy Reyes, Global & Enterprises, LLC

Maung Maung, Rohingya Society of Greater Houston

Saleem Noorali, Psychologist

Anum Ali, Aga Khan Social Welfare Board Southwest

Siraj Narsi, Pakistan Society of Greater Houston