Black History Month: African-American Health Pioneers

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  • Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler (1831-1895)
  • Phill Wilson (1956-present)
  • Dr. Regina Benjamin (1956-present)
  • Dr. Lonnie Robert Bristow (1930-present)
  • Dr. Dorothy Lavinia Brown (1919–2004)
  • President Barack Obama (1961-present)
  • Ben Carson (1951-present)
  • Jocelyn Elders (1933-present)
  • Otis Boykin (1920-1982)
  • Charles Drew (1904-1950)
  • Mary Eliza Mahoney (1845-1926)
  • William Augustus Hinton (1883-1959)
  • Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983)
  • Daniel Hale Williams (1858-1931)
  • Paying Homage
  • Michelle Obama (1964-present)

Dr. Regina Benjamin (1956-present)

A trailblazer, this former U.S. surgeon general was appointed in 2009 by President Obama. Dr. Benjamin was the force behind the first National Prevention Strategy, believing that social determinants played a major role in our health outcome. She also spoke out about the need for Black women to care more about health than their hair. 

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