Visions of the Black Experience 2021

Conversation: COVID-19 Impact on Black Health

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Lisa Merritt MD Moderator

Multicultural Health Institute and Secretary of the GCMS

Dr. Lisa Merritt, a board-certified physiatrist, is a leader in her field and longstanding member of numerous professional organizations. including Board Member, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the National Medical Association (NMA), the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), Since moving to Sarasota in 2006, Dr. Merritt in her practice and as Executive Director of the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI), has had a singular impact through several highly successful initiatives; the Sarasota Community Health Guide, United Sarasota, the Newtown Health Care Access Report, MHI Scholars program, and creation of the Multicultural Action Team (MAT) and Gatekeepers and Safekeepers of Community Health. Through these and other collaborative efforts, MHI has touched thousands of lives, working with schools, local community and faith-based organizations to promote science, technology, engineering, creative arts math and health (STEAMH) careers. Dr. Merritt has authored numerous articles on multicultural health issues, physical medicine, rehabilitation and integrative medicine topics, and has also lectured both nationally and internationally on such issues and been featured in Fortune Magazine. She is regularly called upon by regional and national media as an expert on a variety of medical topics and issues. Currently adjunct professor at New College of Florida, she completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University and received her M.D. Degree from Howard University, trained in family and community medicine at University of California, San Francisco, and completed her residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Cheryl L. Holder, a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Internist, HIV Specialist, once Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and a participant in NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels, dedicated her career to improving health of underserved populations. 

Since 2009, at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, she teaches about the social determinants of health, diversity, HIV prevention and the health impact of climate change. She serves as Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity and Community Initiatives.

Her leadership roles extends to several medical and climate change-focused organizations. She is president of Florida State Medical Association, Founder and Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and Co-chair of Miami Dade Heat Health Task Force. Most recently, her TED Talk “The link between climate change, health and poverty” garnered over 250,000 views. Dr. Holder's TED TALK.

Dr. Yusif Addae is an obstetrician-gynecologist in Sarasota, Florida and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Morton Plant Hospital and Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He received his medical degree from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine and has been in practice between 11-20 years.

Kristopher Fennie, PhD

Kristopher Fennie is an epidemiologist and faculty member at the New College of Florida. He teaches epidemiologic methods, global health, social epidemiology, epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, among other courses. He co-directs the Health Culture and Societies program at New College. His research centers on the intersection of social determinants of health and infectious diseases in vulnerable populations, namely in the context of HIV related outcomes. He helps the Multicultural Health Institute by engaging students in MHI to learn about community health.