13th Annual Health Equity Symposium

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Panelists and Speakers

Executive Director of the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention
Pozen Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Equity Leadership at Yale School of Management
Fatimah is the Executive Director of the Health Alliance for Violence


Intervention (HAVI) and a Pozen Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Health Equity Leadership at Yale School of Management. The HAVI is a national network of hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) serving violently injured patients by addressing the social determinants of health. Through innovative community/hospital partnerships in over 80 Cities in the US and abroad, the HAVI has expanded health-based, trauma-informed care by cultivating a powerful national alliance of ER doctors, trauma surgeons, researchers, violence prevention professionals, and communities impacted by violence. Fatimah’s vision for social change has been shaped by a rich heritage of resilience in the wake of harm: from her father‘s incarceration to her family’s experiences with homelessness. She is fighting for a system that centers racial equity, preventative public health strategies, and trauma-informed care delivery. Prior to joining the HAVI, Fatimah was Deputy Director of Equal Justice USA, a national criminal justice reform organization in which she led an award-winning program on community trauma and police community relations. Fatimah has received numerous honors and distinctions including 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Fellowship. She is a psychotherapist by training and a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her work at the HAVI has been featured in The Washington Post, TIME Magazine, NY Times, CNN, NBC News, Health Affairs, and The Trace. Twitter @fatimah_loren

President, Reede Scholars, Inc.


Dr. Mary E Fleming, MD, MPH, FACOG is a board-certified OB/GYN with more than a decade of clinical experience. She completed her medical degree at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Meharry Medical College. Due to her interests in eradicating health inequities and improving healthcare for the underserved, she matriculated to Harvard Medical School as a Commonwealth Fellow in Minority Health Policy where she also obtained a Masters in Public Health. She practiced as a generalist in Norristown, PA for four years before deciding to transition to a full-time locum tenens physician. In this capacity, she has worked in several states across the country and globally.

LHD Regional Medical Director
Chairperson, Reede Scholars, Inc. Annual Health Equity Symposium Committee


Dr. Shantel Hébert-Magee serves as the new Regional Medical Director for Region One, the Greater New Orleans area. A physician, health policy advisor and minority health strategist, she currently serves as the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Laboratory Director for the Office of Public Health. As a clinical pathologist and researcher, she has focused her clinical-effectiveness and device-development research on addressing early detection and diagnosis of pancreatic and biliary malignancies. She is the founder of Under the Scope Foundation, Inc. a 501(c)(3) examining the intersection between technology, health access and education to mitigate the sociobehavioral and environmental factors associated with disease in underserved communities.


Dr. Hébert-Magee is a graduate of Mt. Carmel Academy in New Orleans. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clark Atlanta University, earned a medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and an MPH in health policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Chief Executive Officer, Safe Passages


Josefina Alvarado Mena was awarded an Echoing Green Fellowship in 1996 after finishing her J.D. to create the Educational Empowerment Program to provide free legal education and services to students in the school to prison pipeline in Oakland, California. In 1999, Josefina was recruited by an incoming Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District to lead equity reforms and head the Department of Student, Family, and Community Services. During her tenure she helped expand after-school programs, violence prevention programs, parent engagement and mental health programs throughout the school district. As director of the department, she also led the effort to develop the Safe Passage Middle School Strategy that resulted in a 72% decrease in suspensions for violence at target high need middle schools in Oakland. Josefina was then recruited to lead Safe Passages, a city-wide initiative designed to reduce violence among the children and youth of Oakland. Josefina was one of only 5 employees when she arrived at Safe Passages. Currently the organization has a staff of 125.


As the Chief Executive Officer for Safe Passages, Josefina has grown the organization from a foundation funded initiative to a leading independent 501(c)(3) Multi-service Nonprofit Organization that implements a continuum of programs that serve children and youth, from birth through college and career. Safe Passages is currently funded by the California Reducing Disparities Project in the California Department of Public Health to address mental health disparities among African American youth through the Law and Social Justice Life Coaching Program. A native of Oakland, Josefina grew up in one of the neighborhoods served by Safe Passages. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1996. She is also a recipient of the following honors and awards: Echoing Green Global Fellowship; Outstanding Education Advocate 1999, People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO); Advocacy Award, California Latino Civil Rights Network 1998, James Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award 2009, and Stanford Social Entrepreneurs in Residence Fellowship 2016.

Director of Emergency Psychiatry
UC Davis Health


Phillip Murray, MD is a physician leader currently working in adult and child psychiatry with an interest in health systems and innovation focused on vulnerable populations. He has obtained a Master's of Public Health with focus in health management from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy. He completed a practicum project looking at ways to expand behavioral health services for a large health system. Prior to that he completed a Chief Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Child and Adolescent program of Columbia and Cornell Universities, New York, NY. Dr. Murray is committed to pipeline projects for underrepresented minorities in medicine, as evidenced by his prior role as Chairman of the American Psychiatric Association/SAMHSA Minority Fellows Program. Dr. Murray received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA in 2010.


Currently he is providing clinical leadership to provide direct care and inform workflows for patients experiencing psychiatric emergencies in the emergency department at UC Davis Health and the 12-bed behavioral health unit. Also directly supervising residents and medical studies as the site director for undergraduate and graduate medical education programs for emergency psychiatry services.


He completed his adult psychiatry residency at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Health Alliance in 2014. He has served in a variety of clinical settings, which continues to inform his work at the individual and systems levels.

Founder and Principal Consultant of Lorio Forensics
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine
Adjunct Faculty at Emory School of Medicine


Dr. Sarah Y. Vinson is a triple board-certified Child & Adolescent, Adult and Forensic Psychiatrist. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Lorio Forensics, a multidisciplinary forensic mental health expert consultation company grounded in relevant clinical experience and cultural and structural competency. She has provided direct patient care in juvenile and adult correctional facilities and served as a forensic mental health expert in family, civil, criminal, state and federal courts. Dr. Vinson is a sought-after speaker, educator and forensic expert. She is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine and holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Emory School of Medicine.  In addition to her numerous engagements at medical meetings, she has been an invited lecturer at multiple national attorney and judges conferences. She has won numerous awards in recognition of her leadership and service, including the Outstanding Young Alumna Award from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2018. Dr. Vinson is a proud graduate of Florida A & M University and completed her training in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance in adult/general psychiatry and in both Child & Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine.