Sojourner Truth Lecture: Dr. Aletha Maybank

February 20, 2020 Add to Calendar

7:30–9 p.m.


Shanahan Center, Auditorium
320 E. Foothill Blvd.
Claremont, CA 91711


Office of Institutional Diversity


Dr. Aletha Maybank, a pediatrician with expertise in health equity and social justice, is the first chief health equity officer for the American Medical Association. She is tasked with helping embed health equity across the organization and elevating the importance of and sustaining the AMA's health equity efforts.

An authority on preventive medicine, food and fitness, maternal and child health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, community health and health inequities, Maybank was deputy commissioner and founding director of the Center for Health Equity in New York City (2014–2019), assistant commissioner at the NYC Health Department (2009–2014) and founding director of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services' Office of Minority Health (2006–2009), which focused on reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic minority groups.

Making health an accessible topic is important to Maybank, and she is a well-known author and speaker. She is co-founder of the "We are DocMcStuffins Movement" to encourage young girls of color to enter the field of medicine and a former columnist for EBONY magazine ("Doctor's Orders") and HuffPost. She has taught medical and public health students on topics related to health inequities, public health leadership and management, physician advocacy, and community organizing in health.

She has served as a medical contributor for television and film projects, including Soul Food Junkies by Byron Hurt, and Present and Unaccounted for: Black Women in Medicine by Crystal Emery. Organizations that have recognized her work and service include The Network Journal (40 Under 40), NV Magazine (Movers and Shakers 2010), the National Coalition of 100 Black Men, and the Hip Hop Loves Foundation.

Maybank is a founding board member of the Artemis Medical Society, an international mentoring, networking and advocacy organization of over 2,500 Black female physicians. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine and an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a pediatrician board certified in preventive medicine/public health.

The Sojourner Truth Lectureship, established in 1983, honors the achievements and contributions of outstanding African American women in the U.S. and the African Diaspora. Conceived and administered by faculty in the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies, the lectureship is sponsored by six of The Claremont Colleges: Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps colleges and Claremont Graduate University.