Nineequa Blanding is the Health Justice Senior Editor at Nonprofit Quarterly. With over 15 years professional experience, she has dedicated the entirety of her career towards working at the intersection of health and social justice. Prior to joining NPQ, Nineequa was Vice President at Health Resources in Action where she led the direction and growth of the organization’s grantmaking services, comprising a portfolio of over $50M towards community health and biomedical research. Nineequa was the former Director of Health and Wellness at the Boston Foundation (tBF), where she applied her vision, leadership and racial equity lens to develop, implement, and evaluate the Foundation’s strategic priority to improve population health. Prior to her work at tBF, she held senior leadership positions at the Boston Public Health Commission where she led local and statewide strategies to advance health equity. She also held former roles with Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Nineequa currently co-chairs the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (PRC) Community Advisory Board. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Spelman College, a master’s degree with honors in public health from Long Island University in—her hometown—Brooklyn, NY. Nineequa was previously funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct post-baccalaureate research in trauma-related risk factors for post-traumatic stress disorder at Emory University and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University.
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