Marsha Jones

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, as well as the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, the only reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women. Her expertise lies in reproductive justice, health disparities affecting Black women and girls, and the relationship between politics and the American healthcare system.

Jones is also an expert on HIV/AIDS advocacy, with experience in community-based solutions and intersectional justice. She can provide insight on the disproportionate resources and care available to Black patients, and the way activists are organizing for more equitable health and medical treatment for people of color.

Jones has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School.

She serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Equal Access Fund and is a member of many national women-focused initiatives to advance gender and racial equity and eliminate health disparities, including the National Women AIDS Coalition.

Jones was also a panelist for “At the Table: A Symposium on Texas Women,” an event hosted by The Texas Tribune, which examined the impacts of politics on various aspects of women’s lives in Texas.

Location: Dallas, TX

Expertise Field: Reproductive justice for Black women, Medicaid expansion, grassroots organizing, health education, women’s rights, racial justice, media and race coverage, intersectional community activism, HIV/AIDS, intersectional justice

Contact information:

Email: info@theafiyacenter.org 

Phone: 972-629-9266

Twitter: @theafiyactr

Listen to Marsha Jones on Her Rules Radio

Last updated November 6, 2020

Michelle Ko

Dr. Michelle Ko is an assistant professor of public health at the University of California, Davis. She researches the connections between policy, health care and social inequality.

Her research and teaching span a range of topics including: 

  • Medicaid
  • Racial inequities in health care 
  • Aging and long-term services and supports
  • Access to care for urban and rural underserved communities
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in the health care workforce

Ko was the lead researcher on a study that found women and minority health professionals face harassment and discrimination rural areas, and are sometimes even driven out by it.

Areas of expertise: Medicaid, inequalities in health care, care for the aging

Location: Davis, California

Contact Information: 

Email: mijko@ucdavis.edu

Phone: 530-752-7709 

Twitter: @michelleko2d 

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Last updated: Feb. 12, 2020

Pierre Vigilance

Pierre Vigilance is an Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He is an expert on health policy,  public and community health, social determinants of health, and policy and program development.

Previously, Vigilance was the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health. He also served as Director of the Baltimore County Department of Health, and as the Assistant Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Baltimore City.

Currently, Vigilance teaches and advises students and executive learners, oversees the applied learning platform, and co-directs the school’s Diversity and Inclusion work.

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Areas of Expertise: Public health, community health, population health, policy and program development

Location: Washington D.C.

Contact Info:

       Email: pierre.vigilance@gmail.com

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Vivek Murthy

Vivek H. Murthy served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States from 2014-2017. He addressed public health issues including the Ebola outbreak, the opioid epidemic, low rates of physical activity, and e-cigarette popularity among youth. Murthy has drawn attention to emotional well-being as an important driver of health, and issued the first Surgeon General’s report on alcohol, drugs, and health. He has cared for thousands of patients in his career and co-founded VISIONS, an HIV/AIDS education program in India and the United States. He has also done research on vaccine development and studied the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials.

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Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Opioid Epidemic, Ebola, Zika, Exercise, Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Medical Research

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Info:

Email: media@vivekmurthy.com

Phone: (360) 989-4167

 

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Ninez A. Ponce

Ninez A. Ponce is an associate center director at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.

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Assistant Center Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy and Research
Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, Multicultural Survey Research,
Community-based Participatory Research, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Health Access, Disparities in Health

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Email: nponce@ucla.edu
Phone: (310) 794-2691

As Heard On AJMC TV: “Dr Ninez Ponce: California’s Diversity Affects Patient Access to High-Quality Care”

Julio Frenk

Julio Frenk is the president-elect of The University of Miami. He was previously the Dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Minister of Health of Mexico, from 2000 to 2006. He has written extensively about universal health coverage and health equity. In 1998, Dr. Frenk joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy. He served as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City. In 2008 Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award.

Julio Frenk

President of the University of Miami

Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Health Care Policy, Global Health, Higher Education

Location: Miami, FL

Contact Info:

Email: jfrenk@hsph.harvard.edu

Phone: (617) 432-1025

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Heard on ForaTV: Is Public Health Care a Right or a Reward?

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Mark Trahant

Columnist Mark Trahant has over 30 years of experience in journalism, editing and reporting on a wide range of topics, as well as specializing in Indian Country news. He’s a former President of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), and is the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

In the past he’s been the Chairman of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a columnist for The Seattle Times, an editor and publisher at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, an executive news editor at The Salt Lake Tribune, and a reporter at the Arizona Republic. He was a Kaiser Media Fellow in 2009 and 2010, writing about health care reform focused on existing programs such as the Indian Health Service (IHS).

His work recently appeared on the PBS series Frontline, in a story called “The Silence”, about sexual abuse by clergy in Alaska. He also keeps a blog at trahantreports.org.

Trahant is a citizen of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

Mark Trahant

Columnist and Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Areas of Expertise: Native American & Alaska Native news and policy, Health Policy, Affordable Care Act in Indian Country, Journalism

Location:Fort Hall, ID

Contact Information:

Phone: (206) 200-8213
Email: mntrahant@mac.com

Heard on NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Do Border Fences Curb Illegal Crossings?

Added September 2014

Raynard Kington

Dr. Raynard Kington (RAY-nard) has been the president of Grinnell College since 2010. With an MBA and Ph.D. in Health Policy and Economics, Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.”

Dr. Kington holds a Bachelor of Science and an M.D. from the University of Michigan. His medical background led him to work for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before going to Grinnell.

He served in a variety of roles including Principal Deputy Director, Acting Director, and Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. He also served as a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation, and as a visiting assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins.

In 2009, Kington received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, which is the highest-level honor award in the department. He has been featured on NPR and in the New York Times.
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President of Grinnell College

Areas of Expertise: Health Policy, Socioeconomics and Race, Economics, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Nutrition, Medicine (General, Internal, and Geriatric), Higher Education

Location: Grinnell, IA

Contact Info:

Contact Debra Lukehart, vice president for communications at Grinnell
Email: communications@grinnell.edu
Phone: (641) 269-3400

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Speaking about health disparities at the Chicago Humanities Festival: 

Last updated July 2017