Shannon Lectureship to feature U.S. Health and Human Services leader

J. Nadine Gracia, M.D.
J. Nadine Gracia, M.D.

J. Nadine Gracia, M.D., M.A.S.C., an advocate for minority and underserved populations as a member of the U.S. Department of health and Human Services, will present the 2016 Dr. Reaner and Mr. Henry Shannon Lectureship in Minority Health at noon on Feb. 26 at the School of Medicine. Gracia currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and Director of the Office of Minority Health.

Gracia lectures nationally on health disparities and health equity, while overseeing the implementation of action plans to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. A pediatrician, she previously served as the chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, providing program and policy leadership for a number of programs from global health to climate change.

A former White House Fellow, Gracia served as a policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama in the Let’s Move! Initiative to battle childhood obesity. She has been named one of the 100 History Makers in the Making by the African-American news site, TheGrio, and one of Washington’s Powerful Women by the BET channel.

Gracia received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh and earned a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her pediatrics residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she was a chief resident. She is also a national president emeritus of the Student National Medical Association and a past postgraduate physician trustee of the National Medical Association.