Health


Added 10/29/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Lesley Green-Rennis is a professor and chair of the health education department at City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College. Green-Rennis’ expertise is in public health history, health disparities and social determinants of health. Her recent research examines the behaviors and habits of college students that lead to different health outcomes.

A Latino man with short, straight, black hair with buzzed sides, stares directly at the camera with a small smile. He has a goatee and is wearing a lavender polo shirt and watch.
Added 10/14/21 | Location: Michigan | Subjects: ,

William Lopez is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He researches the effects of immigration law enforcement on communities subject to deportation and immigration raids. Lopez is also the director of public scholarship at the university’s National Center for Institutional Diversity.

A Pakistani woman with curly, dark brown hair smiles directly at the camera. She is seen from the chest up, wearing a black shirt and black blazer.
Added 09/16/21 | Location: Alabama | Subjects: ,

Henna Budhwani is an associate professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Public Health. A medical sociologist, Budhwani researches the causes and effects of health disparities among populations stigmatized due to their background, health status and residence in areas that lack resources. Her recent research focuses on improving COVID-19 and HPV vaccine uptake by addressing hesitancy.

An Asian woman with straight, chin length, dark brown hair, smiles directly at the camera. She is wearing a white scoop neck shirt, navy blue blazer, and a gold pendant necklace.
Added 09/16/21 | Location: Michigan | Subjects: ,

Young Anna Argyris is an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She researches the design, development and use of information technology for public health campaigns, and studies the health misinformation propagated via social media.

A Mexican man with short, curly, dark brown hair and a short beard smiles directly at the camera. He is wearing square, black, glasses, a while collared shirt, light blue suit jacket, and red, white, and blue pinstripe tie.
Added 09/16/21 | Location: Connecticut | Subjects: ,

Dr. Jorge O. Moreno is an assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and an internist. During the pandemic he has worked to increase vaccination among people with diabetes and obesity-related conditions, and creates informational videos in Spanish that discuss COVID-19 vaccines.

An African American woman with black hair in a low bun smiles at the camera. She is standing behind a podium with a microphone wearing a black and white, plaid, long sleeve dress.
Added 08/03/21 | Location: Georgia | Subjects: ,

Caroline Brackette is the assistant dean for accreditation and assessment and an associate professor at Mercer University in the College of Health Professions. She is a nationally certified, licensed professional counselor and clinical supervisor. She’s an expert in mental health counseling with a focus in sports.

Added 06/29/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , ,

Shavonne Moore-Lobban is a licensed psychologist and training director at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Washington, D.C. campus. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma.

Added 05/11/21 | Location: North Carolina | Subjects: ,

Dr. Tonia Poteat is an associate professor of social medicine, core faculty in the Center for Health Equity Research and a clinical provider certified in HIV medicine and gender-affirming medical care at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Added 04/18/21 | Location: | Subjects: ,

The source database below contains experts from racially or ethnically underrepresented backgrounds who can provide context and insight on the COVID-19 crisis. Each source has spoken to the media on their topic of expertise before, and most of them have spoken on the radio.

Added 04/06/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Priti Krishtel is a health justice lawyer and the co-founder of I-MAK, a nonprofit that focuses on improving global access to vaccines and medicines by challenging drug patent monopolies. Krishtel has spent nearly two decades exposing structural inequities affecting access to medicines and vaccines across the Global South and in the United States.

Added 02/23/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: , ,

Anup Malani is an economist who holds professorships at the University of Chicago’s law school and medical school. He also holds research positions at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Added 02/10/21 | Location: New Jersey, Pennsylvania | Subjects: ,

Kishana Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher of virology at Carnegie Mellon University and the co-founder and president of the Black Microbiologists Association. Her work looks at the role of two types of white blood cells — monocytes and macrophages — in the development of severe COVID-19.

Added 11/06/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects: , , ,

Marsha Jones is a grassroots organizer and health educator, and the co-founder and executive director of The Afiya Center, a reproductive justice organization in North Texas founded and directed by Black women.

An Argentine-American women with long brown hair smiles directly at the camera. She is wearing a black v-neck sweater with white buttons, standing in front of a blurred, brightly lit background.
Updated 07/20/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: ,

Dolores Albarracín is the 28th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor and the Alexandra Heyman Nash University Professor, with joint appointments in the Annenberg School for Communication and the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She also leads the Social Action Lab.

Updated 09/24/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks. He previously served as chief medical officer at Sutter Health, where he oversaw the quality and safety of the organization’s patient care, as well as research and education. Sutter Health is a not-for-profit health care network in California.

Updated 05/17/20 | Location: New York | Subjects: , ,

Dean Seneca is CEO of Seneca Scientific Solutions, a consulting agency that provides tribal nations and other clients with assistance in economic and community development. The agency’s services include strategic planning, epidemiology and health research.

Added 05/04/20 | Location: Illinois, New York | Subjects:

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.

Added 04/13/20 | Location: Texas | Subjects:

Sylvia Partida is the CEO of the National Center for Farmworker Health, where she oversees efforts to train medical professionals at community health centers serving uninsured or underinsured patients on the health needs of agricultural workers. The organization works with 174 community health centers across the country that receive federal funding to serve farmworker families.

Added 03/23/20 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Jean Accius is senior vice president of thought leadership and international affairs for AARP. His expertise is in aging, longevity, health and long-term care policy.  He has been quoted by Kaiser Health News on the rising costs of long-term care, Time on how millennials are increasingly providing care to their older relatives, and U.S.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: Canada, Mexico | Subjects: ,

Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the Internet and public health. She leads the Digital Health Lab at Meedan, a technology nonprofit, and studies health and technology as a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: South Carolina | Subjects: ,

Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is an assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina and an infectious disease physician who has focused on the care of vulnerable patients in the U.S. and abroad.

Added 02/17/20 | Location: California | Subjects:

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.

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Pierre Vigilance is associate dean for public health practice and an associate professor of health policy and management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. He is an expert on health policy, public and community health, social determinants of health, and policy and program development.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. 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.

Updated 04/02/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Magdalena Cerdá is an associate professor and director of the Center for Opioid Epidemiology and Policy at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s department of population health. Previously, she was an associate professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis.

Updated 02/16/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , , ,

Anita Chandra is the vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Previously, she was the director of the Justice, Infrastructure and Environment program at the RAND Corporation.

Updated 07/28/21 | Location: New York | Subjects:

Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health, especially in communities of color. She works with schools, organizations and companies to discuss self-care, wellness, and related topics, and aims to normalize conversations about mental health.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: North Carolina | Subjects: ,

Maria Mayorga is a professor of personalized medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University. She is an expert in developing predictive models of health and economic outcomes using data. Mayorga also works on the allocation of resources for Emergency Medical Service systems using applied probability and mathematical models.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Bindu Kalesan is an assistant professor of medicine and director of the Center for Clinical Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. Previously, she was an assistant professor of surgery and epidemiology at Columbia University.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Yanira Cruz is CEO and president of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), which focuses on improving the quality of life for the older Latino population as well as their families and caregivers. Cruz is an expert in public health, aging issues and health programs and policies for Hispanics.

Updated 04/12/21 | Location: California | Subjects: , ,

Lanhee J. Chen is the director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the public policy program at Stanford University and the David and Diane Steffy Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His research interests include health care policy, the design of public institutions and advanced policy analysis.

Updated 04/16/21 | Location: Arizona | Subjects: , ,

Dr. Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and division chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix. Her research interests include women’s heart health and heart disease prevention practices in women.

Updated 04/13/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Dr. Seema Yasmin is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, a clinical assistant professor in Stanford University’s department of medicine, and visiting professor at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, where she teaches crisis management and communications.

An African-American man with short, gray hair and mustache smiles directly at the camera. He is wearing rectangular, clear glasses, a gray collared dress shirt, a red tie with teal circles, and a black suit jacket.
Updated 10/01/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Dr. Georges Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association in Washington, D.C. He is an expert on infectious diseases and administrative leadership in health systems. Benjamin is a board certified doctor in internal medicine.

Headshot of a latin american woman with chin length, brown hair smiling directly at the camera. She is wearing a dark gray blazer and a blue and beige scarf.
Updated 04/17/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Diana Hernández is an associate professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is an expert on community-based health care, minority health, environmental risk factors and urban health. She focuses her work on the social and environmental determinants of health in vulnerable populations.

Updated 04/20/21 | Location: Illinois | Subjects: ,

Aida Luz Maisonet Giachello is a research professor in preventive medicine at Northwestern University. Her work focuses on social and racial health disparities and chronic diseases, particularly among Latinos and African Americans. She is a member of the board of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the American Diabetes Association.

Added 11/16/15 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects: ,

Dr. Raina Merchant is an associate vice president of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. She’s also the director of the Center for Digital Health and co-director of the National Clinician Scholars Program.

Updated 04/10/21 | Location: Florida | Subjects: , ,

Dr. Julio Frenk is the president 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. He has written extensively about universal health coverage and health equity.

Updated 08/04/21 | Location: California | Subjects: ,

Akilah R. Carter-Francique is the founder of Francique Sport and Education Consulting LLC, which provides education, research and development for sports participation. She is an associate professor at San Jose State University (SJSU) in the department of African American studies.

Added 07/05/15 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: , , ,

Maite Arce (Mai-tay Ahr-say) is a leading voice in creating access and enhancing opportunities for Latino communities to connect with information, partners and resources they need for a better life. She is the founder and president/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, a D.C.-based national nonprofit known for its network of community-based partners.

Updated 02/10/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable is director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health. He is an expert in Latinx health care and health care disparities, as well as smoking cessation.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: Pennsylvania | Subjects:

Alex Ortega is a professor of health policy and the director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health. Ortega is an epidemiologist, health services researcher and community health interventionist.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: Arizona | Subjects: , ,

Mark Trahant is an editor at Indian Country Today, an online news outlet, and has decades of experience in journalism, editing and reporting with a focus on Native American issues.

Updated 04/18/21 | Location: Texas | Subjects: ,

Luis Zayas is dean of the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas, Austin and the Robert Lee Sutherland Chair in Mental Health and Social Policy. He is also a professor of psychiatry at the Dell Medical School and president of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: Georgia | Subjects: ,

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

Updated 04/19/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects:

Dr. Kavita Patel is a nonresident fellow in economic studies at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, and a primary care physician. She served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in the White House.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: Nevada | Subjects: ,

Dr. Pedro “Joe” Greer is the founding dean of the Roseman University College of Medicine, a Nevada-based medical school in the planning stages. Previously, he was a professor of medicine, founding chair of the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, and associate dean for community engagement at Florida International University.

Updated 04/11/21 | Location: Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Edwin Park is a research professor at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy. Previously, he was vice president for health policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He also worked as a Medicaid professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and as an attorney specializing in health law.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: Tennessee | Subjects: ,

Dr. Wayne Riley is 17th president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He is a primary care general internist with experience in academic medicine, patient care, research administration, academic health center administration, health care management, health policy, biotechnology, the corporate sector, government service, advocacy and organized medicine.

Updated 01/16/21 | Location: New York | Subjects: ,

Galina Espinoza is the president and editor in chief of Rewire.News, where she leads a team of editors and journalists reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights and justice. She has held executive roles at NBC News and People, and is the former editorial director of Latina Media Ventures.

Updated 04/06/21 | Location: New Jersey | Subjects: ,

Dwayne Proctor is the senior adviser to the president at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which works to improve health and healthcare. He focuses on issues of health equity and the social determinants of health.

Updated 04/04/21 | Location: Maryland | Subjects: , , ,

Claudia Galindo is an associate professor of education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park’s College of Education. She spoke to NPR’s Claudio Sanchez in 2013 about the academic shortcomings of Latino children compared to their white counterparts.

Updated 01/11/21 | Location: Massachusetts | Subjects: , , , ,

Dr. Raynard Kington is the Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. Previously, Kington served as the president of Grinnell College from 2010 to 2020. Kington’s research interests are in “socioeconomics and race and how they impact health and health care.” Kington holds a bachelor’s of science and an M.D.