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Meet The Black Woman Just Named Co-Chair To President-Elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 Taskforce

Meet The Black Woman Just Named Co-Chair To President-Elect Joe Biden's COVID-19 Taskforce

Today, President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris announced their advisory council to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic with some of the nation's leading doctors and scientists. At the helm is Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith with her co-chairs Dr. David Kessler and Dr. Vivek Murthy.

"Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts," President-elect Biden said in a press release. "The advisory board will help shape my approach to managing the surge in reported infections; ensuring vaccines are safe, effective, and distributed efficiently, equitably, and free; and protecting at-risk populations."

Dr. Nunez-Smith comes from Yale University, an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health, and Management at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research focuses on marginalized communities' health and creating an equitable and accessible healthcare system for all.

"Everyone is affected by this pandemic, yet the burden is disproportionate," Nunez-Smith said in a statement. "We know communities of color are grieving at high rates and are facing substantial economic impact. The transition advisory board is setting a course for everyone in our country to experience recovery." 

According to the Yale press release announcing her appointment, "Munez-Smith is an internist and an expert in healthcare equity, is the founding director of Yale SOM's Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership, which trains healthcare practitioners to address disparities in healthcare access and outcomes that affect people of color and other vulnerable populations. She is also the founding director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center at the Yale School of Medicine."

Her official Yale bio lists Dr. Nunez-Smith as the Deputy Director for Health Equity Research and Workforce Development for the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Core Faculty in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, and Research Faculty at Yale's Global Health Leadership Institute. She comes from the Virgin Islands, earned a BA from Swarthmore College, an MD from Jefferson Medical College, and an MHS from Yale University.

We're glad to have you on our nation's team on this road to recovery! Congratulations, Dr. Nunez-Smith

Photo Credit: Yale School of Medicine