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

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Last updated November 6, 2020

Stephen Lockhart

Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chief medical officer at Sutter Health, where he oversees the quality and safety of the organization’s patient care, as well as research and education. Sutter Health is a nonprofit health care network in California.

Lockhart has more than 30 years of experience in the field, including as a hospital administrator, board-certified anesthesiologist and university professor. He led the development of Sutter’s Health Equity Index, which uses health system data, combined with other information, like demographics, to quantify and predict health outcomes for specific racial or ethnic groups. When the index was launched in 2016, it was used to quantify disparities in patient care for conditions such as asthma and diabetes. 

Previously, Lockhart was the chief administrative officer at the St. Luke’s campus of Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center, located in San Francisco. There, he was involved in the entitlement process for the center’s new hospitals, improving operations and engaging in community outreach.

The National Medical Fellowships awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019 for his service in health care and humanitarian work. Lockhart is also the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks. 

As a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in biostatistics degrees from Cornell University.

Location: Oakland, Calif.

Expertise: Health equity, anesthesiology, biostatistics, herd immunity, hospital pandemic preparedness, patient care and safety 

Contact information:

Angie Sheets

Phone: 916-494-9547

Email: sheetsa@sutterhealth.org

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Last updated: May 25, 2020

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

Mustafa Santiago Ali

Mustafa Santiago Ali is the senior vice president of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip-Hop Caucus., a national non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip-Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.

He previously served for 24 years at high-levels within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health and economic justice reforms. At the EPA, he served as the Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization. Ali has been a guest lecturer at Yale University and George Washington University, to name a few. He is also a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington.

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Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University

Areas of Expertise: Climate, Environment, Community Revitalization, Environmental, Health, and Economic Justice

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Email press contact Mark Antoniewicz:
Email: Mark@HipHopCaucus.org

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

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Pedro “Joe” Greer

From the beginning of his career, physician Dr. Pedro Jose Greer has practiced a unique brand of medicine that emphasizes compassion as much as health care: He established a clinic for the homeless as a young medical intern, started various free clinics for migrant workers and even treated homeless patients under bridges.

Greer’s commitment to compassionate, socially-minded health care has earned him a MacArthur Genius Grant, the Presidential Medal of Service and a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

Today as the assistant dean for academic affairs at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Dr. Greer emphasizes compassionate health care for a new generation of doctors. He has published more than 25 articles on health disorders as well as issues of policy, poverty and health in the U.S. and continues to advise federal and local politicians on health-care policy.

Dr. Greer has been featured on The Diane Rehm Show, NBC Latino and PBS.

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Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida International University’s College of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: Public Health, Home-Based Health Care, Underserved Communities

Location: Miami, FL

Contact Info: 

Office: (305) 348-4554

Direct: (305) 348-0169

Mobile: (305) 450-2822

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