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On Wednesday, January 27th, we partnered with the Release the Pressure Coalition to bring you a special two-part discussion hosted by our own Tom Joyner. This no holds barred conversation featured an all-Black male panel, focusing on racism in health care and the impact of health inequity in the Black community. Watch:
Meet the panelists!
Oliver Tate Brooks, MD, Immediate Past President, National Medical Association (NMA)
Oliver Tate Brooks, MD received his undergraduate degree in biology from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1977, graduating in three years. While at Morehouse, he received the Frederick E. Mapp Prize in Biology for excellence in biology. Dr. Brooks received his medical degree in 1981 from Howard University College of Medicine, where he was a summer instructor in biochemistry. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital-Oakland, where he practiced for four years before accepting a position at Watts Healthcare Corporation. Dr. Brooks is Chief Medical Officer and past Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Watts Healthcare Corporation in Los Angeles, California (CA) where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Jordan and Locke High School Wellness Centers. He is a Medical Director for L.A. Care Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans whose mission is “to provide access to quality health care for Los Angeles County’s vulnerable and low-income communities and residents”. He holds staff appointments at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, CA and at Martin Luther King Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Brooks is immediate Past-Chair of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, a consortium of 43 community health centers in the southern California area, and immediate past president of the National Medical Association – part of the Release the Pressure Coalition.
Christopher Goins, Chief Equity Officer, Thrive Chicago
Christopher Goins is currently the Chief Equity Officer for Thrive Chicago and charged with leading President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative in Chicago, which is in partnership with the Obama Foundation. He is a passionate advocate for racial equity in education and has dedicated his professional career to closing the opportunity gap for black students. The former Founding Principal of Butler College Prep from 2013-2019, the school and Goins received national recognition as the number one public school in Illinois, serving black students, for its academic growth and for its ONESOUL initiative aimed at ending the 2% crisis of males of color in the teaching field.
Charles Harris, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP Charles E. Harris, II, is a Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner in the Chicago office of the international law firm, Mayer Brown LLP. His practice focuses on class actions, arbitration, contract disputes, administrative actions, privacy, and cybersecurity. Also, as a registered patent attorney, he has litigated IP disputes. Charles has distinguished himself as a versatile lawyer. He has prepared matters for trial, tried cases, and argued appeals. Charles received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MS in Biology, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University, and JD, summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After law school, Charles served as a law clerk to the late Judge David D. Dowd Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Charles grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and has also been a man of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. for over 25 years.