Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, the 20th Surgeon General of the United States, was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence on September 5, 2017. Dr. Adams, a board-certified anesthesiologist, served as Indiana State Health Commissioner from 2014 to 2017. Dr. Adams, a Maryland native, has bachelor’s degrees in both biochemistry and psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a master of public health degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine.
Dr. Adams’ motto as Surgeon General is “better health through better partnerships.” As Surgeon General, Dr. Adams is committed to maintaining strong relationships with the public health community and forging new partnerships with non-traditional partners, including business and law enforcement.
U.S. Surgeon General
Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H.
David Satcher, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and public health administrator with an extensive track record of leadership, research, and community engagement. Dr. Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002) and the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001). He also served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Dr. Satcher has held top leadership positions at the Charles R. Drew University for Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He has received over 50 honorary degrees and has received numerous awards from diverse organizations and agencies. Currently, Dr. Satcher is the Founding Director and Senior Advisor for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia
Founding Director for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the
Morehouse School of Medicine
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Niva Lubin-Johnson has been an advocate of quality healthcare for all and is the 119th President of the National Medical Association. In its 123-year history, she is the third President and first woman to serve as President, Speaker of the House Delegates and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
She was in the last class to finish her medical degree in 3 years from Southern Illinois University and completed Internal Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Lubin-Johnson was in private practice for 29 years and continues to serve on various committees at two hospitals on the Southside of Chicago.
Dr. Lubin-Johnson is Vice-Chair of the Women’s Physician Section and has been Chair of the Minority Affairs Section of the American Medical Association. She is a member of the American College of Physicians and Life-member of the Student National Medical Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She believes in the need for wellness and preventive care to prevent physician burnout and is laser-focused on increasing the numbers of African Americans entering and completing medical school and completing residency.
President, National Medical Association
Niva Lubin-Johnson, M.D., FACP
Attorney Daniel E. Dawes is a nationally recognized leader in the health equity movement and has led numerous efforts to address health policy issues impacting vulnerable, under-served, and marginalized populations. He is a health care attorney and administrator, and serves as the executive director of government affairs and health policy at Morehouse School of Medicine. He is also a lecturer of health law and policy at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute.
Dawes was instrumental in shaping the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform.
Author, 150 Years of ObamaCare
Daniel E. Dawes
Faith Hunter began her practice of yoga and meditation in the early 90s as a way to cope while her beloved brother Michael was dying from complications related to AIDS. Through mindfulness and personal reflection, Faith was able to release her fears and experience an awakening from within.
Faith is the owner and creator of Embrace Yoga DC, and uses the technology of breath, movement, sound (chanting & music), and stillness, in a fresh and modern way to encourage students to live an epic life.
International Yoga and Meditation Expert
Award winning hip hop artist and platinum producer from the legendary rap group dead prez, Khnum “Stic” Ibomu, is a wellness activist, certified long distance running coach, a certified archery instructor, a certified group fitness instructor, author, writer and a recipient of the Betty Shabazz Social Justice, The Black Men’s Holistic Health and the Humane League’s Humane Hero awards. He is the creative director of RBG FIT CLUB - an urban holistic lifestyle and merchandising brand he co-founded alongside his wife, Afya.
Afya Ibomu is a holistic nutritionist, author, the vice president of RBG FIT CLUB and has been plant based since 1990. Afya is certified in holistic health and holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Afya is a celebrity nutritionist and crochet designer working with hip hop artists such as Erykah Badu, Common, Dead Prez and Talib Kweli.
Founders of RBG Fit Club
Khnum 'Stic' & Afya Ibomu
Jay Ell Alexander is a public relations practitioner with a genuine commitment to giving back to the local community through her passion for communications, health and fitness.
In April 2018, Jay Ell became the sole owner and CEO of Black Girls RUN!, acquiring the national running organization after six years of serving as the organization's PR Director and National Manager.
Owner & CEO, Black Girls Run!
Jay Ell Alexander
Lincoln Mondy is the filmmaker behind Black Lives / Black Lungs, a short film investigating the strategic infiltration of the black community by the tobacco industry. The film has received media attention from The Huffington Post, NPR, Colorlines, NowThisNews and other media outlets under his direction. With a background in communications and politics, Lincoln is passionate about utilizing communications to amplify the voices of commonly excluded groups of people and helping cultivate stories that educate, inspire and mobilize.
Filmmaker, Black Lives/Black Lungs
Mark Hunter is the founder and executive director of the Dr. Michael A. Hunter Foundation which assist HIV positive individuals in rural parts of Louisiana. He is also a founding member of the SERO Network for HIV/AIDS Advocacy that advocates against the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS.
Founder & Executive Director of the Dr. Michael A. Hunter Foundation
Nathan Hale Williams is an award-winning filmmaker, award-winning author, entertainment attorney, and television personality. His latest film, 90 DAYS, which he wrote, directed and executive produced alongside Empire’s Jussie Smollet was screened at over thirty top international festivals receiving several “Best” awards, including, an African Movie Academy Award (Africa’s Oscar equivalent) for Best Disapora Short and Overall Winner, Best Actress and the Audience Choice Award at the 2018 Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase. Nathan is the executive producer and producer of the NAACP Image Award and GLAAD Media Award nominated film, Dirty Laundry (FOX/Codeblack).