Pandemics and Policing: On Racism, Adversity, and Health

Pandemics and Policing: On Racism, Adversity, and Health
Rhea Boyd

Rhea Boyd, MD, MPH


Rhea Boyd MD, MPH is a pediatrician, public health advocate, and scholar who writes and teaches on the relationship between structural racism, inequity, and health. She has a particular focus on the child and public health impacts of harmful policing practices and policies. She serves as the Chief Medical Officer of San Diego 211, working with navigators to address the social needs of San Diegans impacted by chronic illness and poverty. She is also the Director of Equity and Justice for The California Children's Trust, an initiative to advance mental health access to children and youth across California.

Dr. Boyd graduated cum laude with a BA in Africana Studies and Health from the University of Notre Dame. She earned an MD at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2017, Dr. Boyd graduated from the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Minority Health Policy Fellowship at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, earning an MPH.

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