Nineequa Blanding

Nineequa Blanding is NPQ’s former Senior Editor of Health Justice. Blanding has dedicated the entirety of her career toward working at the intersection of health and social justice. Prior to joining NPQ, Blanding was vice president of Health Resources in Action, where she led the direction and growth of the organization’s grantmaking services. Blanding was the former director of health and wellness at the Boston Foundation, where she applied her vision, leadership, and racial equity lens to develop, implement, and evaluate TBF’s strategic priority to improve population health. Prior to her work at TBF, Blanding 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. She currently cochairs the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health’s Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board. Blanding has a BA in psychology from Spelman College, and an MPH with honors from Long Island University, and she was previously funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct postbaccalaureate research in trauma-related risk factors for post- traumatic stress disorder at Emory University and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at Duke University.