Black History 365: Dr. Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH

We are highlighting examples of Black excellence throughout the year! Feel free to send us suggestions!

I am a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar. I write and teach on the relationship between structural racism, inequity and health.

I work clinically, teach nationally, and have a scholarly focus on the child and public health impacts of structural inequality. I partner with community-based and non-profit organizations, public health departments, and academic centers to understand and address forms of social inequality that contribute to poor and inequitable health outcomes. I’m the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children’s Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access for children and youth across California.

In partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation, Black Coalition Against COVID, and Unidos US I co-developed THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us, a national campaign to bring credible information about the COVID vaccines directly to Black, Latinx, and Spanish-speaking communities.

I graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. I earned a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed my pediatric residency at University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, I graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an M.P.H.