New Board Appointment and Elected Officers

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The National Black Leadership Commission on Health (Black Health) is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Oni Blackstock to its Board of Directors. Ms. Deborah Wafer, Black Health’s newly elected Board Chair, announced, ‘We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Blackstock, whose unique background and diverse experiences, are great assets to Black Health’s Board and the organization. With great anticipation we look forward to working with her”.

Dr. Oni Blackstock is a primary care and HIV physician and researcher. She is a former assistant commissioner for the Bureau of HIV for the New York City Department of Health. Her research considers the experiences of women and people of color in healthcare. During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. Blackstock shared advice on how people in New York City could maintain sexual health and slow the spread of coronavirus disease as well as guidance for people with HIV and HIV care providers about the intersection of HIV and COVID-19.

Black Health 2021 Board of Directors 


Board Chair
Deborah Wafer, Medical Science, HIV Prevention, Gilead Science, Inc.

Vice Chair
Anthony Harmon, Vice President, American Federation of Teachers

Bert Petersen, MD., FACS, Director, Breast Surgery Clinic St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx NY

Kimberly Williams, Director, Public Affairs and Alliance Development Novo Nordisk, Inc.

Executive Committee Member-at-large
Paulette Heath, Retired Executive, Director, National Policy & Advocacy of Infectious Diseases Johnson & Johnson

Board of Directors-at-large 

Honorable Johnny Ford, Member, City Council and Former Mayor Tuskegee, AL Chairman, Black Health Board of Directors, 2015 – 2020

Reverend Dr. James Favorite, Board Chair, Affiliate of Tampa; Retired Senior Pastor, Beulah Baptist Church, Tampa, FL Chairman, Black Health Board of Directors, 2010 – 2014

Reverend Roosevelt Dixon, Board Chair, Affiliate of Rochester Senior Pastor, Grace Unity Fellowship Church, Rochester, NY

Dr Oni Blackstock, Primary care, HIV physician and researcher

Rochelle Hunter Mosley, Entrepreneur, Owner, Salon 804

Reverend Frank Bostic, Board Chair, Affiliate of Buffalo Senior Pastor, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Buffalo, NY

Dina Foster-Osbourne, Licensed Real Estate Agent, Halstead Real Estate, LLC

Reverend Dr. Frank Tucker, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Washington, DC

Board Chairman Emeritus

Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, Senior Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church

Board Member Emeritus 

Debra Y. Fraser-Howze, Founder, President and CEO, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.

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