Join us for a one-hour panel discussion with Hip Hop Public Health about the stigma and inequities experienced by K-12 students in accessing quality healthcare, particularly within historically under-represented communities. Our expert panelists will highlight the challenges students and families face when seeking the care they need and how these hurdles can impact student well-being. Specifically, they will discuss strategies and best practices for reducing stigma and expanding access to mental health care within underserved communities.
Olajide Williams, MD, MS, Founder & Board Chair, Hip Hop Public Health
Founder & Board Chair Olajide Williams, MD, MS is the Vice Dean of Community Health at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S). A specialist in the treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, Dr. Williams is also an attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical neurologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He attained his medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed his neurology residency and neuromuscular fellowship training at The Neurological Institute of New York. Dr. Williams is a world-renowned leader in stroke disparities and community-based behavioral intervention research. He is a principal investigator of multiple NIH awards, including a Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions in New York.
Lori Rose Benson
Lori joined Hip Hop Public Health in 2017 as the organization’s inaugural Executive Director, bringing 25+ years’ of experience in public health and education and deep expertise in developing and scaling innovative, equitable health, fitness, and wellness programs. Earlier in her career, Lori proudly served as the founding Executive Director of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs, orchestrating curriculum, assessment, and professional learning initiatives to revitalize health and physical education for 1.1 million students in 1,600 public schools. Lori also served as Vice President of Healthy Lifestyles for the YMCA of Greater New York, spearheading health innovation and chronic disease prevention programs to meet diverse community needs. Lori is a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concentrating in health equity and social justice, and an Adelphi University Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences.
Travis Gayles, MD, PhD, Chief Health Officer, Hazel Health
Dr. Travis previously served as the Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services for Montgomery County, Maryland, where he oversaw the county health system, including the county's school based health program. He brings significant pediatric clinical experience to Hazel, and has been a published researcher on topics such as the impact of exposure to bullying and interpersonal violence on adolescent risk-taking behavior. Dr. Travis is a faculty member at NYU and the co-chair of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT). He holds a BA from Duke University and an MD/PhD from University of Illinois.