Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Andrea Boyd has spoken about the health disparities experienced by Black Americans. In response to the murder of George Floyd, Dr. Boyd became more involved with political activism and the fight for social justice. She was one of many physicians who supported the George Floyd protests throughout the pandemic, saying “protest is a profound public health intervention.” In an interview with Time magazine, Boyd said, “If people were to understand that racism, and all of the social and political and economic inequalities that racism creates, ultimately harms people’s health. they would see that protest is a profound public health intervention, because it allows us to finally address and end forms of inequality.” On June 17, 2020, Boyd gave expert testimony to the U.S. Congress' House of Representatives' House Committee on Energy and Commerce on “Health Care Inequality: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 and the Health Care System.”
Julissa Darden has a BA in Communications and Black Studies, is a Life Coach, Reiki Master, works as the Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Stanford Medicine Partners, serves on the Inclusion, Diversity and Health Equity Steering Committee, SHC Health Equity Committee and manages all projects for the SMP Medical Disparities Task Force. She has spent many years studying Critical Race Theory and is passionate about organizational transformation and personal development. Her life’s mission is to make a meaningful impact in the lives of others, always through a lens of the highest and greatest good of all those concerned.