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National Advisor and Judge
National Advisor and Judge

Uché Blackstock, M.D.

Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity

Dr. Uché Blackstock is a physician and thought leader on bias and racism in healthcare. She is the Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, which partners with healthcare and related organizations to address racism in healthcare and to eradicate racial health inequities, through trainings and consulting services.

In 2019, Dr. Blackstock was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of “10 Diversity and Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With.” In 2020, she was one of 31 inaugural leaders awarded an unrestricted grant for her advocacy work from the Black Voices for Black Justice Fund.

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I'm excited to be involved in this innovation incubator because the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that racial health inequities are largely mitigated by locally focused interventions. I'm encouraging organizations from New York City to submit innovativeideas with the goal of mobilizing for health equity.

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Dr. Blackstock’s writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, the Washington Post and STAT News for the Boston Globe. Since June 2020, she has been a Yahoo News Medical Contributor and appears regularly on cable and broadcast news programming to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic and to amplify the message around racial health inequities.

She is a former Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the former Faculty Director for Recruitment, Retention and Inclusion in the Office of Diversity Affairs at NYU School of Medicine. She left her faculty position at NYU School of Medicine in December 2019 after almost 10 years to focus on Advancing Health Equity.

Dr. Blackstock received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University. She currently lives in her hometown of Brooklyn, New York with her two small children.

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