Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS
Founding Director | UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Dr. Ford is Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her doctorate in Health Behavior from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining UCLA, she completed postdoctoral training in Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina and in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she was a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Kellogg Health Scholar.
Most of Dr. Ford’s research falls into two broad categories: (1) empirical studies examining the relationship between specific forms of racism, health inequities and healthcare inequities; and, (2) the development and advancement of conceptual and methodological tools to help researchers who study racism as a public health issue. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Annals of Epidemiology, Social Science & Medicine, the Wisconsin Law Review, and other peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Ford is privileged to have received several notable honors and she serves the profession broadly. In 2016, she was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Community-based Solutions to Promote Health Equity in the United States of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and named co-chair of the Committee on Science of the American Public Health Association’s newly formed Anti-Racism Collaborative. She serves on the Board of the Yancey Edgeley Fellowship, which was developed to further Antronette “Toni” Yancey’s legacy of promoting physical activity in diverse communities through “instant recess”, and she previously served as president of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues. She serves as a mentor in UCLA’s Center for Healthy Aging in Minority Elders (CHIME) program. In addition to her academic roles, she has been involved with the Black Radical Congress and has partnered with the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders.
Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, PhD, MPH
President, U-RISE, LLC | email@example.com
Collins AIrhihenbuwa is the former Dean of the College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University (SLU), Saint Louis, Missouri. He is also the Director of the Global Health Institute at SLU. He is currently the President of U-RISE, LLC. Dr. Airhihenbuwa is a global expert on health behavior a pioneer in centralizing culture in health behaviors. He has led research collaborations, institutional partnerships, and mentoring of faculty and professional staff at various institutions globally. As the author of PEN-3 model his work has informed and help to advance ways of addressing the intersection of culture, identity, and health globally. He is a consultant to several UN agencies including WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA. He led one of the earlier WHO efforts to galvanize multi-disciplinary efforts to address HIV and AIDS in Africa. He is the lead author of the Communications Framework for HIV and AIDS (the UNAIDS Communications Framework for HIV/AIDS: A New Direction, 2000);sponsored by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) involving 103 researchers and practitioners from 5 continents with the final report translated into French, Spanish and KiSwahili.
He has authored over 120 articles and book chapters. Books include Health and Culture: Beyond the Western Paradigm (1995);Healing Our Differences: the Crisis of Global Health and the Politics of Identity (2007);and Ethnicity: Theories, International Perspectives and Challenges (2013) co-editor (with Agyemang and de-Graft). He chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Philanthropy Alliance which funds projects in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. He has been a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a former President and Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Public Health Education. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. Until last year, he was Professor and Head, Department of Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University and Director of the Pan University Network for Global Health.
Gilbert Gee, PhD
UCLA Fielding School of Public Health | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gilbert C. Gee is a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences. His research examines how racism and other forms of structural disadvantage contribute to health and health care disparities. In addition, Gee's work examines stress, neighborhoods and environmental justice using a multi-level and life course perspective. His work also examines the health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and he has served as the program chair for the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association. His studies have been conducted in the USA, Japan, and the Philippines. Gee holds a bachelor's of arts in neuroscience from Oberlin College, a doctorate in social and behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and post-doctoral training in sociology from Indiana University.
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD
Morehouse School of Medicine | email@example.com
Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
As a methodologist, she has developed new ways for comparing full distributions of data (rather than means or proportions) in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. As a social epidemiologist, her work on race-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences. As a teacher, her allegories on race and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss.
She is a member of the World Health Organization’s Scientific Resource Group on Equity and Health and the National Board of Public Health Examiners, and recently completed service on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the board of directors of the American College of Epidemiology, and the board of directors of the National Black Women’s Health Project.
Robin D. G. Kelley, PhD
UCLA Department of History | firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA. From 2006 to 2011, he was Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC), and from 2003 to 2006 he was the William B. Ransford Professor of Cultural and Historical Studies at Columbia University. From 1994 to 2003, he was a professor of history and Africana Studies at New York University (NYU) as well the chairman of NYU's history department from 2002 to 2003. Robin Kelley has also served as a Hess Scholar-in-Residence at Brooklyn College. In the summer of 2000, Dr. Kelley was honored as a Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College, where he taught and mentored a class of sophomores, as well as wrote the majority of the book Freedom Dreams. During the academic year 2009–10, Kelley held the Harmsworth Chair of American History at Oxford University, the first African-American historian to do so since the chair was established in 1922. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2014. Kelley has published several books focusing upon African-American history and culture as well as race relations, including Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class, and Yo' Mama's DisFunktional!: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America. Kelley is also a prolific essayist, having published dozens of articles in scholarly journals, anthologies, and in the popular press, including the Village Voice, Boston Review, and the New York Times.
His book Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009), received several honors, including Best Book on Jazz from the Jazz Journalists Association and the Ambassador Award for Book of Special Distinction from the English-Speaking Union. It also received the PEN Open Book Award. The family of Thelonious Monk, notably his son T. S. Monk, granted Kelley access to rare historical documents for his biography. No other scholar has ever had such access and support from the Monk family. Kelley's most recent book, Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times (2012), explores the relationship between jazz and Africa in the era of decolonization and Civil Rights. He is currently completing A World to Gain: A History of African Americans, with Earl Lewis and Tera Hunter and a biography of journalist and adventurer Grace Halsell.
Culture of Health Equity Network, President| email@example.com
Barbara Krimgold is the Founding President of the Culture of Health Equity Network at the Institute for Alternative Futures (IAF), where she also is the Senior Health Program Director. In addition, she serves as a health and social policy expert for the Resilient Cities social equity project – piloting projects in Boston, Massachusetts, and Athens, Greece – supported by the Bertelsmann Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Soros Open Societies and the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities.
She directed the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program and helped design the new Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) human capital and leadership development programs at the IAF.
Prior to joining IAF, Ms. Krimgold was director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s postdoctoral Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the Center for Advancing Health (CFAH), a Washington DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to translating health research to policy and practice. With over $20 million in support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, she directed pre-doctoral and postdoctoral Kellogg Scholars and Fellows training programs which supported over one hundred health researchers now serving in leadership positions in U.S. universities, foundations, executive and legislative branches of government, think tanks and health advocacy organizations. These scholar alumni are racially and ethnically diverse, and focus their efforts on health equity and reducing health disparities. The culture of health equity network maintains a newsletter for this outstanding community of scholar alumni.
Ms. Krimgold served as co-director of the Diversity Data project, and contributed to its first report, “Children Left Behind: How U.S. Metropolitan Areas are Failing America’s Children.” She helped develop a website on immigrant health issues. In 2000, she organized and co-authored a Conference Report on “Income Inequality, Socioeconomic Status and Health: Exploring the Connections” and its executive summary, “Improving Health: It Doesn’t Take a Revolution.”
Prior to 2000, Ms. Krimgold worked with a number of non-profit organizations. She also served for over a decade as a health policy professional within the U.S. Government, in senior positions within the Office of Management and Budget and as the lead health policy staffer for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.
She graduated from Harvard College and won a National Defense Education Act postgraduate fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In 2014, she was awarded an honorary Phi Beta Kappa by Harvard for her work on health inequalities research, policy and advocacy. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Prevention Institute and Global Camps Africa.
Keith C. Norris, MD, PhD
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine | KCNorris@mednet.ucla.edu
Dr. Keith C. Norris is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist and health policy leader who has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines in the area of kidney disease. He has been one of most highly funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) investigators in the nation, and one of the most highly cited scientists in the world in the area of chronic kidney disease and health disparities. He has been a powerful advocate for minority institutions and served for 7 years as the president of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Program Association.
After leaving Cornell in 1976 at the age of 19, he attended Howard University College of Medicine. Upon graduation in 1980, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He then completed his residency training and chief residency in internal medicine. From 1983-86, he trained in nephrology at the combined West Los Angeles Veterans Administration-UCLA program. In addition to being board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, he is an American Society of Hypertension, Specialist in Clinical Hypertension. In 2014 he received his doctorate in religious, spiritual and metaphysical philosophy. After serving as Executive VP for Research and Health Affairs and Interim President at Charles Drew University he returned to UCLA as a Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Community Engagement Research Program.
In 1995, he was selected to join the inaugural National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Dialysis Outcomes Quality Initiative, where he worked for a decade helping to transform practice guidelines and national health policy for patients with chronic kidney disease. He was also a founding member of the CMS ESRD continuous Performance Measures workgroup. He presently serves as a member of the NKF Kidney Early Evaluation Program (KEEP) executive committee, the American Association of Kidney Patients (AAKP) Medical Advisory Board and the ESRD Network 3 Medical Review Board. He is a member of the NIDDK-United States Renal Data System advisory board. He also serves as an advisor to pharmaceutical and dialysis companies.
His research interests focus on hypertension and chronic kidney disease in disadvantaged populations. Other research areas include the role of Vitamin D and oxidative stress in health disparities, and enhancing community-academic partnerships. He was the 1 of 19 Principal Investigators for the multi-site NIH funded African American Study of Kidney Disease and Hypertension (AASK) and the AASK Cohort Study, the largest comparative drug intervention trial focusing on renal outcomes conducted in African Americans. Dr. Norris was the founding Principal Investigator for the first national translational research network dedicated to reducing health disparities, the NIH-RCMI Translational Research Network.
As an early teen, Margaret Prescod emigrated along with her family from Barbados in the Caribbean, to the US and immediately became involved in the civil rights movement. After moving to Los Angeles she was an active supporter of the efforts of the Utility Workers Union of America Local 132 in their successful effort to win pay equity for woman Gas Company workers. It was the first such victory in private industry in the United States.In the mid-1980’s, in response to police reports of the serial murders of Black Women in South LA, Margaret founded the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders which resulted in the establishment of a reward by LA City and an LAPD task force to investigate the murders. Her work was reflected in the recent HBO film about the murders entitled “Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” The Nick Broomfield film was short listed for an Academy Award in the documentary category. Margaret was active in the UN women’s decade where she coordinated the lobbying efforts that succeeded in getting governments to agree to measure and value unwaged work in the home, on the land and in the community in national accounts.
Margaret Prescod is the host and producer of “Sojourner Truth” a popular nationally syndicated drive-time public affairs program on Pacifica Radio’s KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York City and WPFW in Washington DC as well as several other stations including in Atlanta, Olympia Washington, Portland Oregon, where she has interviewed key figures including Harry Belafonte, Danny Glover, the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Toni Morrison, four time Grammy winner Ben Harper and others. Margaret was named by the LA Weekly as the best radio personality in Southern California. She is the author of Black Women Bringing It All Back Home, which was published in the UK.