Medical Physician, Advocate
Dr. Oni Blackstock is founder and Executive Director of Health Justice, a consultancy that supports health-related organizations to center anti-racism and equity in the workplace and to reduce health inequities in the communities they serve. She is a primary care and HIV physician and is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the areas of HIV and health equity.
Dr. Blackstock previously served as an assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she led the city’s response to ending the HIV epidemic. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein, College of Medicine where she provided clinical care and conducted HIV clinical research.
Within the health care and public health arenas, Dr. Blackstock has developed and implemented racial equity programs and initiatives, including establishing the first Bureau-based Racial Equity program at the NYC Health Department, which have led to improved workforce equity and more equitable administrative and programmatic policies. Additionally, her own experience living at the intersection of several marginalized identities has informed her deep commitment to advancing health equity.
Dr. Blackstock holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Yale School of Medicine. She has been the recipient of awards and recognition from media outlets such as Marie Claire, GO, Out, and Essence magazines and community-based organizations such as Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Exponents. She has made multiple media appearances including sharing her expertise on Democracy Now!, CNN, MSNBC, and Good Morning America.
TOPICS: Health disparities, Health inequities, Race and Racism, Unconscious Bias