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Tanisha Fazal is a professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. She focuses on sovereignty, international law, and armed conflict. Her current research looks at the long-term cost of war and the effects of medical care improvements in conflict zones.
Richard Yi is a professor of psychology at the University of Kansas, where he specializes in addiction studies. Yi analyzes the behavioral and economic approaches that lead to decision and behavioral processes in health.
Dr. Michael J. Blackwell is the director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he works to improve access to veterinary care for low income families and their pets.
king yaa is an educator who focuses on the health and wellness of queer, transgender, and non-binary folks. Originally based in Cape Town, South Africa, king yaa’s work grew out of their experiences as a transmasculine genderqueer person in the health care system.
Kemi Yemi-Ese is a therapist, visual artist, and disability rights advocate based in Austin, Texas. Her paintings focus on her experiences living with a disability and are inspired by her Nigerian heritage.
Dr. Rachel Bervell is a medical resident at John Hopkins University who focuses on health equity and reproductive health and justice. She co-founded The Black ObGyn Project, an organization for Black OB-GYN residents that focuses on anti-racism, equity and inclusion.
Payal Chakraborty is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Population Medicine. She specializes in sexual and reproductive health and focuses on reproductive health disparities among LGBTQ individuals.
Liza Fuentes is a research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute. Fuentes’ studies focus on access to and the use of contraception, abortion, abortion restrictions, self-managed abortion, reproductive autonomy and clinical training in reproductive health.
Josie Rodriguez-Bouchier is a queer, non-binary, Latinx licensed acupuncturist and queer reproductive health and justice advocate. Since 2008, they have been helping folks with wombs to conceive with the help of traditional Chinese medicine.
Elle Lett is a Black, transgender woman; a statistician-epidemiologist; and a physician-in training at the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. She applies the theories and principles of Black Feminism to understanding the health impacts of systemic racism, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination on oppressed groups in the United States.
Dr. Oni Blackstock is the founder and director of Health Justice, a consultancy firm that works with health-related organizations on centering anti-racism. She is a primary care and HIV physician and serves as an attending physician at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.
Lourdes Dolores Follins is a Black, queer psychotherapist, author, and public speaker on the mental health and well-being of queer, trans and intersex people of color. She has been a social worker for nearly 30 years, and was a professor at the City University of New York and a mental health researcher.
Arjee Restar is a social epidemiologist and health equity advocate, and a professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Her research examines the behavior, social and structural determinants of health, particularly in transgender and nonbinary communities.
Dr. Navaratnam (Theeb) Partheeban is a clinical veterinarian at Westpoint Farm Vets in Chelmsford, U.K., and the co-founder of the British Veterinary Ethnicity and Diversity Society (BVEDS).
Dr. Adewole “Ade” Adamson is a dermatologist, a professor at the University of Texas, Austin. He cares for patients at high risk for skin cancer or who have atypical moles. He also studies access to healthcare, especially to dermatology and skin cancer treatment.
Dr. Donald Warne serves as the associate dean of diversity equity and inclusion and director of the department of Indigenous health at the University of North Dakota. He leads the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) and masters in public health program as well as one of the world’s first doctoral programs in Indigenous health.
Lesley Green-Rennis is a professor and chair of the health education department at City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aliasger Salem is the Bighley Chair and Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. He researches the design of novel drugs and gene delivery systems to target specific diseases and parts of the body, decrease side effects and increase efficacy.
Caroline Brackette is the assistant dean for accreditation and assessment and an associate professor at Mercer University in the College of Health Professions.
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.
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.
The source database below contains experts from racially or ethnically underrepresented backgrounds who can provide context and insight on the COVID-19 crisis.
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.
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.
Kishana Taylor is a postdoctoral researcher of virology at Carnegie Mellon University and the co-founder and president of the Black Microbiologists Association.
Crystal Burwell is a mental health counselor who specializes in treating young people suffering from depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.
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.
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.
Dr. Kartik Cherabuddi is a clinical associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Florida and the director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at UFHealth.
Dr. Stephen Lockhart is the chairman of the nonprofit Parks California, which supports the state’s parks.
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.
Dr. Aletha Maybank is the first chief health equity officer of the American Medical Association and one of its vice presidents.
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
Dr. Lona Mody is a professor of internal medicine, geriatrics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research lab studies antibiotic-resistant pathogens and develops measures to prevent their spread. With a research focus on the aging population, Mody has studied interventions to prevent infections and reduce transmission of drug-resistant pathogens in high-risk populations.
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.
Nat Gyenes is a researcher who focuses on the intersection of the Internet and public health. She has looked at how epidemics, prolonged public health challenges and digital health misinformation effect societies.
Dr. Krutika Kuppalli is a medical officer with the World Health Organization in emerging diseases and zoonoses unit supporting COVID-19 health operations. She works with technical and clinical teams to help develop tools and guidance on treating COVID-19 patients.
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.
Miesha Marzell is an assistant professor of public health at Binghamton University, part of the State University of New York system.
Dr. Pierre Vigilance is a lecturer 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.
Regina Shih is the director of the Social and Behavioral Policy Program and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Jay Shendure is a professor of genome sciences at the University of Washington.
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.
Anita Chandra is the vice president and director of RAND Social and Economic Well-Being and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Imelda Reyes is a clinical assistant professor at Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a pediatric nurse practitioner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Dior Vargas is an activist and spokesperson with expertise in mental health, especially in communities of color.
Maria Mayorga is a professor of personalized medicine in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at North Carolina State University.
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
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.
Lanhee J. Chen is the director of domestic policy studies and lecturer in the public policy program at Stanford University. His research interests include health care policy, the design of public institutions and advanced policy analysis.
Dr. Martha Gulati is a professor of medicine and division chief of cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix.
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.
Darin Padua is a professor and the chair of the Exercise and Sport Science department and associate director of the Motion Science Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel
Esmeralda Casas-Silva is a scientific program manager at the National Cancer Institute, where she leads the Cancer Moonshot Biobank project.
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.