Our Mission

Our mission is to equip our listeners, at all levels of training, with the consciousness and tools to practice antiracism in their health professions careers.

Podcast Episodes

Meet the Team

Utibe R. Essien

Team Member

Utibe Essien is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and a health disparities researcher in the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. He additionally serves as the director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity Program for Medical Students (CEED II) at Pitt. Dr. Essien completed Primary Care residency and General Internal Medicine fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Essien’s research focuses on developing interventions to advance equity in the management of cardiovascular diseases.

Twitter: @UREssien


Naomi Fields 

Team Member

Naomi F. Fields is a proud Miami, FL native who studied chemistry, Africana studies, public health, and dance at Williams College. After working as a research assistant and dancer in Boston, she matriculated at the Perelman School of Medicine, where she has focused on support of underrepresented medical trainees, mentoring, and qualitative research regarding young women’s sexual health. Naomi plans to become an Internal Medicine physician and policy advocate for women’s health and reproductive justice. In her free time, you can find her on her Peloton, cooking seafood mac & cheese, and Facetiming loved ones.

Twitter: .@NaomiFFields


Rohan Khazanchi

Co-Director

Rohan Khazanchi grew up in Omaha, NE and spent his undergraduate years studying neurobiology and music at Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Minnesota School of Public Health. His research and advocacy work have focused heavily on health equity, including projects on neighborhood deprivation & HIV disparities, social & structural vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic, parental incarceration & child/adolescent access to care, and structural competency in medical education. Beyond his academic interests, Rohan is an avid musician, an ice cream connoisseur, and loves exploring new restaurants and hiking trails with his family and friends.

Twitter: .@rohankhaz


LaShyra “Lash” Nolen

Team Member, Show Notes

LaShyra “Lash” Nolen is a Los Angeles native deeply passionate about the concerns of underserved and marginalized communities. Currently, she is a second-year student at Harvard Medical School where she is serving as the university’s student council president, the first documented black woman to hold this leadership position. She is a published author and fervent advocate for social justice with plans to pursue a Masters in Public Policy along with her medical degree to advocate for humane healthcare reform as a physician activist. In her free time she enjoys rapping, eating good food, and creating new memories with the people she loves.

Twitter: .@LashNolen


Michelle Ogunwole

Co-Director

Michelle Ogunwole is an internist and general internal medicine research fellow at Johns Hopkins. Her research focuses on clinical, policy and community based approaches to improving maternal health equity. Michelle was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and enjoys playing basketball  and competitive games of Uno with her family.

Twitter: .@DrChelleMD


Dereck Paul

Team Member

Dereck Paul is a writer, health disparities researcher, and fourth-year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. He studies the relationships between housing and health under his mentors at the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations and was a 2018 Student National Medical Association David E. Satcher MD, PhD Health Disparities Research Fellow for his work mapping the role of structural racism in susceptibility to homelessness. He writes and speaks about health equity, healthcare policy, medical education, and the underrepresented medical trainee experience.

Twitter: @dereckwpaul


Managing Editor

Chioma Onuoha is a recent graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in Human Evolutionary Biology and Global Health. Currently, she works as a research assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. Chioma’s research interests include pregnancy complications, sexual and reproductive health, racial hypertension disparities, and global health work. Chioma is an aspiring physician and in her free time enjoys watching television and playing soccer.

Twitter: @ChiomaOnuoha
 

 

Team Member

Jazzmin Williams is a Stockton, California native, Stanford alumna, and medical student at UCSF in the Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved (PRIME-US). She works with Expecting Justice, an academic-community collaborative, to investigate basic income supplementation as a unique approach to reducing adverse birth outcomes for Black and Pacific Islander families in San Francisco. She advocates for anti-racist policies in admissions, curriculum, and assessment through Student National Medical Association and White Coats for Black Lives. Outside of medicine, she writes about the health impacts of structural racism and potential policy solutions, mentors premeds from her hometown, and loves traveling, trying new restaurants, and going to as many concerts as possible.
 

Twitter: @jazzminciara