Resident Faculty, Unit 1
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Professor Tina Sacks is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial inequities in health, social determinants of health, and poverty and inequality. Professor Sacks focuses on how macro-structural forces, including structural discrimination and immigration, affect women’s health. Her work investigates the persistence of racial and gender discrimination in health care settings among racial/ethnic minorities who are not poor. She published a book on this subject entitled Invisible Visits: Black Middle Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford, 2019). Her current work, funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, investigates the physical, mental, and emotional toll of striving for upward social mobility among Black people in the United States.
Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. Her vast experience includes serving as special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director at the Baltimore City Health Department as well as executive director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.
More from Professor Sacks:
“I look forward to cultivating the students’ deep sense of curiosity about the world by getting to know who they are academically, personally, and professionally.”