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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Fleda Mask Jackson, C’73, Ph.D.

Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson
Panelist – Mental Health and Health Behaviors in the African American Community

A scholar, educator and activist, Fleda Mask Jackson is the president of Majaica LLC, a national research firm and think tank. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed publications and presentations on the topic of racial and gendered stress and its impact on maternal and infant outcomes for African American women.

Jackson has appeared in a number of documentaries, including “When the Bough Breaks: Unnatural Causes (is inequality making us sick?).” She has been cited in articles for ProPublica, NPR, Essence and Ebony among others. Jackson has served as a consultant and adviser for institutions and organizations, including the Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, the Ford Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Southern Regional Office. Also, she served as a member of the advisory subcommittee on health disparities for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and was approved by the Obama White House to be a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality.

Jackson is the recipient of the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Science and the Delta Award for Health Activism. In 2009, she received the Pioneer Award from the Center for Black Women’s Wellness. Jackson was honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta with the Live United Award for her work in launching “Babies Born Healthy.” The Georgia Public Health Association honored her with their Maternal and Child Health Award. In 2018, she was recognized by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance for groundbreaking research. In 2019 she received a national March of Dimes award for her research and service in leading the development of a consensus statement on birth equity.