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 

She can be heard here:

 

Last updated: Feb. 12, 2020

Edwin Park

With over ten years of experience analyzing Medicaid and other public health care programs at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he is now the Vice President for Health Policy, Edwin Park knows health care—and better yet, he knows how to make the often-confusing subject understandable and relatable for everyday consumers.

Prior to his current role he worked as a Medicaid professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and as an attorney specializing in health law. He has brought his intricate knowledge of federal and state health policy to the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. He is also a frequent guest on NPR, most recently discussing health insurance exchanges and concerns over the federal COBRA option for unemployed workers.

Vice President for Health Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Areas of Expertise: Medicaid, Medicare, Public Health, Health Care, Health Care Reform

Location: El Cerrito, CA

Contact Info: 

CBPP Press Office

Email:communications@cbpp.org

Phone: (202) 408-1080

Heard on NPR:

All Things Considered: GOP Budget Plan Slashes Health Care Spending