Bio

I am a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar. I write and teach on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health.

I work clinically and have a scholarly focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. I partner with San Diego 211, working with navigators to address the social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. I’m the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access for children and youth across California.

In partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Black Coalition Against COVID, I co-developed THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, a national campaign to bring information about the COVID vaccines directly to Black communities.

I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. I earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed my pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, I graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.