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Tina Sacks is an assistant professor at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare. Her fields of special interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. Her vast experience includes serving as special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director at the Baltimore City Health Department as well as executive director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

Media Mentions

January 16, 2021: About 40% of coronavirus vaccine trial participants aren't white — and the data shows the shots are safe for everyone (Business Insider) 

December 18, 2020: When Black people are wary of vaccine, it's important to listen and understand why (CNN) 

September 30, 2020: Berkeley scholars’ biggest takeaways from first 2020 presidential debate (Berkeley News) 

August 13, 2020: What is implicit bias? The invisible racism that makes Black women dread the doctor's office (Today) 

October 1, 2020: Black Women Aren’t More Likely To Get Breast Cancer, but They Are More Likely To Die From It (Well and Good) 

August 9, 2020: Black women account for less than 3% of U.S. doctors. Is health care finally ready to face racism and sexism? (Fortune) 

July 12, 2020: Coronavirus data show growing disparities in income and race in Bay Area (San Francisco Chronicle) 

June 30, 2020: ‘We can’t ever go to the doctor with our guard down’: Why Black women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer (Fortune)

June 29, 2020: Race, law, and health policy (Berkeley News) 

June 28, 2020: Opinion: Why society should stop calling Black women strong (HS Insider) 

June 22, 2020: Why Are Black Mothers At More Risk Of Dying? (Forbes) 

June 5, 2020: What we can do about coronavirus and racial inequality (Los Angeles Times) 

June 2, 2002: COVID-19 Has Hit African Americans the Hardest. Here’s Why. (Cal Alumni Association) 

April 15, 2020: Frontline volunteers caught up in red tape, wooed to private hospitals instead (Politico) 

April 10, 2020: COVID-19’s unequal toll on black Americans: A Q&A with Tina Sacks (Berkeley News) 

October 25, 2019: When we talk about prison, let formerly incarcerated people speak (The Daily Californian) 

October 3, 2019: From Mississippi to Chicago to Belarus, ancestors guide her way (Berkeley News) 

August 21, 2019: UC Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice (University of California) 

August 15, 2019: Berkeley to mark ‘400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice’ (Berkeley News) 

July 9, 2019: Opting out of procedures during childbirth tied to discrimination (Reuters) 

June 24, 2019: Why middle-class black women dread the doctor’s office (University of California) 

January 30, 2019: Professor Tina Sacks on maintaining social welfare programs in the Trump era (Berkeley News) 

February 24, 2019: The ongoing significance of racism in American medicine (OUP Blog) 

January 21, 2019: Expert discusses why middle-class black women dread the doctor's office (Medical Xpress)

November 10, 2018: UC Berkeley researchers find widely used health care algorithm is biased (The Daily Californian)