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Kelly Davis

Position: Movement Leader
Categories: Movement Leader

Kelly Davis, MPA is the inaugural Director of the Equity and Innovation Unit within the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, Ms. Davis is responsible for identifying gaps in public health efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in maternal, infant and reproductive health, incubating new initiatives, and supporting anti-racist policy and advocacy strategies. During her tenure at DOHMH, Ms. Davis has led healthy eating and active living initiatives and served as one of the founding members of the Center for Health Equity, where she conceptualized the Family Wellness Suites, community respite and healing spaces for parents and children. Ms. Davis has spearheaded planning, implementation and oversight of several special initiatives, including the City’s first HIV public awareness campaign totally focused on women. Her most recent work includes a severe maternal morbidity/maternal mortality initiative supporting 14 maternity hospitals in a long-term institutional transformation process that addresses structural racism, bias, resilience, and trauma-informed care. Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University, where her senior thesis explored how women of color experienced contraception in the 20th Century, and a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.