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Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia is a physician and public health scientist at Brown University’s Schools of Public Health and Medicine. He has been in academic medicine since 1992 and has been a practicing physician, faculty member, department chair, Associate Dean and Center Director in medical schools, and a School of Public Health Dean. His primary research areas are health disparities and smoking cessation and nicotine addiction in African-American smokers. He has been continuously funded by NIH for 25 years,having been the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than $100 million in grants and has published 350 manuscripts. Ahluwalia has served on the U.S. government’s National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, on the Board of Directors of five national scientific organizations, and is currently appointed to the federal government’s Interagency Committee on Smoking and Health chaired by the US Surgeon General. 
Dr. Amelie Ramirez is Director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences, and Associate Director of Cancer Outreach and Engagement at the Mayes Cancer Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.The institute that Dr. Ramirez leads is the headquarters for Salud America!, a national program that uses innovative evidence-based research and communications to educate and activate an online network of more than 300,000 advocates to promote healthy change in equity for Latino and all families.  Dr. Ramirez has also personally trained and mentored over 300 Latino undergraduate pre-and post-doctoral students.  Her recognitions include a 2007 election to the National Academy of Medicine, a 2011 White House Champion of Change, the Everett M. Rogers Public Health Communication Award from the American Public Health Association, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.She's also on the San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council as President of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Sciences of Texas. Follow Salud America on Twitter: @SaludAmerica 
Angela Bryant, JD is the Assistant Secretary for Equity and Inclusion with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Angela served in the NC General Assembly representing Halifax, Vance, Warren, and parts of Wilson and Nash Counties from 2013 to 2018. In addition to serving as an elected official, she has dedicated her career to supporting a broad range of organizations in creating welcoming and successful environments for all cultural groups. She co-founded Visions, Inc. – a non-profit educational organization that has provided diversity and inclusion services to over 100,000 individuals and 600 organizations, including health care organizations and staff -- with the mission to empower the creation of environments where differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated. In this episode,  Angela discusses the fundamental skill of a leader on withholding judgement or anger with those who have a different opinion than you.Follow Angela on Twitter: @angelareb
Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable is Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees NIMHD’s annual budget to advance the science of minority health and health disparities research. NIMHD conducts and supports research programs to advance knowledge and understanding of health disparities, identify mechanisms to improve minority health and reduce health disparities, and develop effective interventions to reduce health disparities in community and clinical settings.  In this episode, Dr. Perez-Stable discusses the importance of effective communication skills needed to be an impactful leader.Follow NIMHD  on Twitter: @NIMHD
Dr. Debra J. Barksdale is Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at UNC Greensboro. Dr. Barksdale is an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow alumna and served as the only nurse appointed to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Board of Governors (PCORI) for 8 years, a past president of the National Association of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, an AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow, and a former DHHS Primary Health Care Policy Fellow and a Translational Research Fellow at the L. Douglas School of Government at VCU. She currently serves as the National League for Nursing representative to the Diversifying the Nursing Workforce Initiative which is coordinated by AARP. Dr. Barksdale recently completed her second term as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Nursing where she also served as the board liaison to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee and several expert panels. She holds degrees from the University of Virginia (BSN), Howard University (MSN-FNP), University of Michigan (PhD), and a post-master’s certificate in teaching (University of Pennsylvania). She is a recognized leader in the area of advanced practice nursing education and in equity, diversity, and inclusion. In this episode, Dr. Barksdale shares her advice on leadership and learning from mistakes.Book recommendation: Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less
Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Dean for Health Equity Research; C.N.H Long Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management; and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) in the Office for Health Equity Research at Yale School of Medicine. She  currently serves as Senior Advisor to the White House COVID-19 Response Team and Chair of the Presidential COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force at the Department of Health and Human Services. Previously, she served as co-chair of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board and community committee chair for the ReOpen Connecticut Advisory Group on behalf of Connecticut Governor Lamont. In this episode, Dr. Nunez-Smith discusses the key themes of setting boundaries, minority health, and setting the tone as a leader.Follow Dr. Nunez-Smith on social media: @DrNunezSmith (Twitter)@DrNunezSmith46 (Twitter)Book recommendations: Caste: The Origins of our DiscontentsThe Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How we Can Prosper Together
Dr. Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula is a Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a licensed clinical psychologist. As a Native Hawaiian, he is passionate about improving the health of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and has made a life-long commitment to improving their social and cultural determinants of health. He has led multiple, federally-funded research projects aimed at explaining, preventing, or treating cardiometabolic-related medical conditions in Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to achieve health equity. With colleagues, he has developed national and international research training programs to support Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other science-underrepresented students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty in pursuing a health science research career. In this episode, Dr. Kaholokula reflects on how the discrimination against native Hawaiians led to his academic and medical journey.
Emily Wang, MD, MAS is a Professor in the Yale School of Medicine and Public Health and directs the new SEICHE Center for Health and Justice. The SEICHE Center is a collaboration between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale Law School working to stimulate community transformation by identifying the legal, policy, and practice levers that can improve the health of individuals and communities impacted by mass incarceration. She leads the Health Justice Lab research program, which receives National Institutes of Health funding to investigate how incarceration influences chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and opioid use disorder, and uses a participatory approach to study interventions which mitigate the impacts of incarceration. In this episode, Dr. Wang discusses her journey to working with incarcerated populations, and how global conceptualizations of incarceration compare to those in the United States. Additionally, she sheds light on current issues in the criminal justice system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wang discusses her current work, where her team collaborates with community health workers with a history of incarceration. She conveys the importance of engaging these stakeholders in public health work, as they are vital to community revitalization. Twitter: @ewang422
Brian Smedley, PhD is chief of Psychology in the Public Interest, where he leads APA’s efforts to apply the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and social justice. In this episode, Dr. Smedley discusses how work in social justice has been instrumental in addressing the challenges of current events (e.g., COVID-19, racial inequality, etc.). He illustrates how much this body of work has grown since the late 90s, when issues of racial justice and health inequities were viewed with skepticism in academic and healthcare settings. Dr. Smedley also discusses the leaders who played an impactful role in his career, from scholars in medicine, psychology, public health, and other fields. He shares that "leadership really boils down to relationships...the best leaders are those who focus on those relationships." Additionally, he asserts that everyone has the potential to be a leader, but that it is important to have integrity about one's work, life, and level of commitment. Twitter: @BrianDSmedleyPublication: Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care
Chandra L. Ford, PhD, MPH, MLIS is 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). Her work offers conceptual and methodological tools for studying racism as a public health problem. In this episode, Dr. Ford describes how her career journey pivoted unexpectedly as a result of her experiences as an undergraduate student. Issues of interpersonal and institutional racism compelled her to switch focus from nutrition to racism, with particular attention to gender and intersectionality. She discusses her current work in these arenas, and the challenges related to conducting her research in academic settings. Dr. Ford emphasizes the importance of understanding how racism shapes the kinds of questions we ask, the kinds of work we do, and the places where we lend our support. She shares how she addresses issues of racism and inequity, not only in her scholarly work, but as a mentor. Twitter: @DrChandraFordBook Recommendation: Racism: Science & Tools for the Public Health Professional
Carlos del Rio, MD is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady. He is also Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. He is co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and co-PI of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit and the Emory Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit. In this episode, Dr. del Rio discusses his journey to working in global public health, which began in his work tackling the HIV epidemic. Dr. del Rio also shares the importance of taking a global health approach in local settings, parallels between the HIV epidemic and COVID-19, the leadership challenges during the current pandemic, and how they are exacerbated by polarized political views. He discusses the prevailing health inequities that, despite extensive conversation, remain under-addressed in medicine and public health. Additionally, Dr. del Rio discusses the role of mentors in his own leadership journey, and the importance of having mentors throughout one's career. Twitter: @CarlosdelRio7Book Recommendation: On Leadership
Angela Rosenberg, DrPH, PT, BCC is a leadership consultant who earned her Master’s in Public Health and her Doctorate in Leadership Development at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Through her company, Inside Out, Dr. Rosenberg focuses on individualized leadership development and the development, facilitation, and evaluation of executive leadership teams. She is a Board Certified Leadership Coach (BCC) and is certified to administer and train on a wide range of leadership assessment tools –however, The Enneagram typology for gaining insight into personal motivation and growth is admittedly her favorite. In this episode, Dr. Rosenberg takes a deep dive into the Enneagram Typology, and how to use it as a tool in leadership. She discusses the nine Enneagram types, along with strengths and challenges that come with each typology. Twitter: @rosenbergangelaBuy her book: Nine Perfect Petals: The Enneagram for Flower Gardeners
Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, currently serves as the Chief Health Equity Officer and Group Vice President for the American Medical Association (AMA), where she focuses on embedding health equity across all the work of the AMA and leading the Center for Health Equity. In this episode, Dr. Maybank discusses her experiences in the medical field and her desire to pursue public health. It was in her work with the Office of Minority Health that she became entrenched in health disparities work. Issues such as racial justice and health equity have since been a focal point in her career. Additionally, Dr. Maybank describes the cadre of people in her professional circle who serve as allies and leaders. The relationships that she has cultivated personally and professionally, coupled with her self-care regimen, have been fundamental to her ability to lead. Twitter:  @dralethamaybankLearn more about the AMA's  Prioritizing Equity Video SeriesBook recommendation: All About Love: New Visions
Keith Norris, MD, PhD is an internationally recognized clinician scientist and health policy leader. A board certified nephrologist and member of the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative, Dr. Norris has been instrumental in shaping national health policy and clinical practice guidelines for chronic kidney disease. In this episode, Dr. Norris describes the three mentors who played a pivotal role in his career journey, and how their guidance molded him into the leader he is today. He also describes how his choice to take on administrative roles was influenced by his desire to navigate obstacles in conducting research. His leadership roles, however, were not without challenges, and Dr. Norris shares how he has navigated important issues, from program closures to budget cuts. Book recommendation: Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success
Lauren Smith, MD, MPH, is the Chief Health Equity and Strategy Officer for the CDC Foundation, a newly created role for which she brings over 25 years of experience in healthcare delivery, management, public policy and public health. In this episode, Dr. Smith describes her early interests in science and the social determinants of health, which influenced her career pursuits in medicine, government, and public health. She shares her experiences working in government, and the transition to working at a social impact consulting firm. She shares her process for choosing leadership opportunities: figure out your calling - the highest and best use of your skill set, along with what you are uniquely situated to do. Additionally, Dr. Smith describes the challenges of the pandemic and racial injustices as core issues facing leaders today.
Margaret Moss, PhD, JD, RN, is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota), and has equal lineage as Canadian Sioux/ Saskatchewan. She is currently, at the University of British Columbia as Director of the First Nations House of Learning, and in the Faculty of Applied Science as an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. Dr. Moss is the first and only American Indian to hold both nursing and juris doctorates. In this episode, Dr. Moss discusses her formative years as an adopted Indigenous child experiencing the, now illegal, assimilation practices in the U.S. She shares her love of learning, which began in her early childhood, and propelled her academic pursuits in science, nursing, and ultimately law. She describes issues of loss, historic trauma, and prejudice, and how she has overcome those obstacles throughout her personal and professional life. Twitter: @mpm40Get Dr. Moss's book:  American Indian Health and Nursing   
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH,  a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. In this episode, Dr. Galea describes his early beginnings in Medicine and the decision to pivot towards a career in public health. He comments on the biomedical achievements in response to the pandemic, as well as the structural challenges that emerged and/or were exacerbated as a result of the pandemic. His advice to leaders in these uncertain times is to recognize both the successes and failures that are connected to the pandemic, particularly the health inequities that continue to be present in our society. The four key components of leadership that Dr. Galea addresses are: integrity, hard work, compassion, and self-restraint. Twitter: @sandrogalea Buy Dr. Galea's Book (Available Nov 2021): The Contagion Next Time
Season 3 Trailer

Season 3 Trailer


In this episode, Dr. Valerie Stone shares her leadership trajectory, from her early years serving in leadership roles in high school to the many roles that she has taken on over the years. She also describes her leadership approach, which involves identifying important gaps and working with others to fill them. While her approach has been consistent over the years, her leadership style has changed slightly, as she focuses on emotional intelligence. Valerie Stone, MD, MPH is the Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Stone is an academic journal internist as well as an HIV/AIDS focused infectious disease specialist, and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Quote (01:55) | Journey (02:56) | Leadership Approach (06:20) | Using her voice (09:24) | Cultivating Self-Awareness (11:40) | Navigating the current state of change (15:20) | Mentors and Sponsors (20:05) | Sponsorship (24:49) | Current challenges for leaders (29:19) | Self Care (31:35) |  Current Reads (33:40)| Advice to younger self (36:30)Follow Dr. Stone on social media:Twitter: @valstonemd
In this episode, Dr. Joseph Betancourt reflects on how early beginnings with his family upbringing influenced his journey to medicine and his outlook on how he approaches his work and opportunities. He also talks about the work he has done around diversity, equity and inclusion, in particular, how to think about and deliver cross cultural competency and communication to improve patient care. Dr. Betancourt provides advice for future leaders about learning through engagement when exploring a passion and moving forward with humility and confidence.Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH is the Vice President and Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and the founder and senior advisor and faculty of the Disparities Solutions Center at MGH. Dr. Betancourt is nationally and internationally recognized expert in health policy, health care disparities, diversity, cross cultural medicine, and has served on several institute of medicine and national academy committees, including the one that many of us in the field will see as a landmark report on equal treatment as well as increasing diversity in the healthcare workforce.TIMESTAMPS: Intro (00:00) | Journey (01:49) | Cross cultural practice and communication (09:06) | Advice for young leaders (13:40) | Proud Accomplishment (19:13)| Critical leadership opportunities (24:38) | Self-Care (29:04) | Leadership book recommendation (32:22)| Advice to younger self (33:14)Follow Dr. Betancourt on social media:Twitter: @jbetancourtpr MGH Disparities Solutions Center: @MGHDisparities 
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