Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH ’06, was named associate commissioner and director of the Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The Center for Health Equity is considered the foundation of the city health department’s efforts to address health disparities, as mentioned in the mayor’s management report.
Prior to her new role, Maybank served as assistant commissioner of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, where she oversaw the completion of several public health and safety programs such as new bike lanes, a doula initiative, promotion of breast-feeding, and HIV testing. Maybank also served as founding director of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in New York and launched the Office of Minority Health, which focused on reducing health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities.
Maybank’s areas of expertise include preventive medicine, food and fitness, maternal and child health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, community health, and health inequities. She is a founding board member of the Artemis Medical Society, an international mentoring, networking, and advocacy organization of over 2,500 Black female physicians.