Aletha Maybank

Dr. Aletha Maybank is the first chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association and one of its vice presidents. Her role is to oversee efforts across the entire organization to address disparities in health care, and she leads the association’s Center for Health Equity.

A pediatrician by training, Maybank was the deputy commissioner at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she launched their Center for Health Equity. 

Before that, she was an assistant commissioner in the NYC Health Department with the Brooklyn District Public Health Office. There, she oversaw several centers that worked to connect community organizations, health care providers and patients in predominantly minority neighborhoods throughout New York. Maybank was also the founding director of the Office of Minority Health in the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, located in New York, from 2006-2009.

Alongside her work in government, Maybank has taught medical students on topics such as public health leadership and management, and community organizing in health. She was previously the president of the Empire State Medical Association, the New York affiliate of the National Medical Association. 

She also helped create the “We are Doc McStuffins” campaign, based on the popular Disney cartoon character, which aimed to inspire young African American girls to practice medicine. The group eventually formed the Artemis Medical Society.

Location: NYC and Chicago, Ill.

Expertise: health equity, minority health, community engagement 

Contact information:

Cristina Mutchler, AMA public information officer

Phone: 312-464-4710

Email: Cristina.Mutchler@ama-assn.org

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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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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”

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello is a Northwestern University Research Professor in Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on social and racial health disparities and chronic diseases. She was named One of 25 Most Influential Latinos in America by Times Magazine and received the Health Equity Champion Award by CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (MHHE). She works in Evanston, Illinois.

Her research has been funded by The University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

Research Professor in Preventive Medicine

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Contact Information:

Email: a-giachello@northwestern.edu

Phone: (312) 503-0983

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Akilah Carter-Francique

Akilah R. Carter-Francique teaches Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Her most current research focuses on African-American girls and women in sport and physical activity in terms of access and opportunity, mentoring, as well as mediated images and narratives.

As a former collegiate athlete in track and field from the University of Houston, where she received her bachelor’s degrees in Kinesiology-Exercise Science and Psychology, her practical experiences include, intercollegiate athletic experience, counseling and coaching at the K-12 education levels, and seven years as a facility and special event administrator in colligate campus recreation,

Carter-Francique’s has researched racial (e.g., Blacks, Hispanics, Asians) and gendered minorities in sport, health, and education in the American context with specific emphasis on Black girls and women. She also co-founded (with Deniece Dortch) and directs Sista to SistaTM (http://sistatosista.org), a co-curricular leadership development program designed to foster  sense of connectedness amongst Black female collegiate athletes on predominantly white institutions of higher educational campuses.

Akilah Carter Francique

Assistant Professor of Sport Management in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University

Areas of Expertise: Historical and Contemporary Experiences of Participants in Sport and Physical Activity, Experiences of Black Females and Males in Educational Institutions (K-20) Health and Well-Being for Women Of Color

Location: Bryan, TX

Contact Information:

Email: akilahfrancique@gmail.com or arfrancique@hlkn.tamu.edu
Twitter: @doctafrancique
Website: http://sistatosista.org

Heard on Huffines Institute’s Podcasts: Diversity Management in Sports

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Last Verified: September 2015

Eliseo Pérez-Stable

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. is Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.  His research is focused on health and health care disparities by race and ethnicity with a special emphasis on minority aging, cancer prevention and cigarette smoking cessation among diverse populations.

He has also led efforts in cancer prevention increased use of Pap smear and mammography cancer screening tests for Latina women.  As director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations (MERC), Dr. Pérez-Stable studied health and health care disparities among diverse populations.

Aside from working domestically, Dr. Pérez-Stable has researched tobacco control in Argentina, and worked extensively with physicians there.

Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF Medical Center.

Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: Health and Health Care Disparities by Race and Ethnicity (with a special emphasis on cancer prevention), Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Diverse Populations, Minority Aging

Location: San Francisco, CA

Contact Information:

Email: eliseo.perez-stable@ucsf.edu

Heard on University of California Television (UCTV): Diseases of Aging: What Can We Do to Prevent Dementia Osteoporosis and Urinary Dysfunction

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Alex Ortega

Alex Ortega, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA. He is Director of the UCLA Center for Population Health & Health Disparities and Associate Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. He has also served as Director of the UCLA Institute for Social Research. Prior to his UCLA appointment, he was on the public health faculty at Yale University.

Professor Ortega is an internationally recognized expert on the application of epidemiological methods in health services research, and his work focuses on the physical, medical, and mental health needs of Latino children and their families both in the United States and in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. He has also published health research on the homeless, military veterans, and undocumented immigrants. He is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Nationally Known Public Health Professional Award by the Latino Caucus of the American Public Health Association.

Alex Ortega

Professor of Health Policy and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA

Areas of expertise: Public Health, Health Disparities, Health Needs of Latino Children and Families, Epidemiology

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:

 aortega@ucla.edu (310) 206-0199

Heard on NPR Morning Edition: It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert

Heard on Zócalo Public Square: UCLA Epidemiologist Alex Ortega on Whether Menu Labeling Works

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Last Verified: February 2015

Valerie Montgomery Rice

Valerie Montgomery Rice is the president and dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine. Rice is the first African-American woman to lead a freestanding medical school. She is a Harvard-trained obstetrician and gynecologist and renowned specialist in women’s and minority health issues.

Montgomery Rice’s medical expertise spans a wide range of health topics. She is an infertility specialist and researcher whose current work focuses on planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement. Her research includes a partnership with the University of Zambia, which focuses on the development of a vaginal microbicide to prevent HIV.

Montgomery Rice’s work in women’s health and research has been recognized by a number of organizations, and she has been featured on TheGrio.com, MadameNoire.com and on CNN.

Dean and Incoming President of the Morehouse School of Medicine at Spelman College

Areas of Expertise: Women’s Health, Medicine, Public Health, Patient Care, HIV Prevention, Minority Health, Health Disparities, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Endocrinology, Infertility

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Info:

Please contact Rashida Cloud, Executive Administrative Manager

Phone: (404) 752-1130

Email: rcloud@msm.edu

Or Necole Merritt, Office of Marketing and Communications

Phone: (404) 752-1761

Email: nmerritt@msm.edu

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Advancing the Health of Black Women

Kavita Patel

Dr. Kavita Patel worked as the director of policy for the White House under President Obama and as senior adviser to Senator Edward Kennedy before joining the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. She is currently a fellow and managing director of the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform, where she focuses on delivery system reforms, health care cost, physician payment and health-care workforce productivity.

Patel continues to stay up-to-date on the trends in health care as a practicing physician at Johns Hopkins Medicine and clinical instructor at UCLA. Her research in health-care policy and community approach to mental illness have earned her national recognition.

Her frequent media appearances include CBS, NBC, Voice of America, Science Friday and NPR’s Tell Me More.


Fellow and Managing Director in the Engelberg Center for Healthcare Reform, Brookings Institution

Areas of Expertise: Health Care Reform, Primary Care Medicine, Health Care Workforce Issues, Medicare, Cost of Health Care, Vulnerable Populations & Disparities in Health Care

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:

Email: kpatel@brookings.edu

Phone: (310) 968-1627

Twitter: @kavitapmd

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