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Who is Dr. Torian Easterling?
Dr. Torian Easterling, MD, MPH serves as the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer (NYCDOHMH).
Dr. Easterling has been a senior leader at the Health Department for more than 5 years.
Dr. Easterling was previously the Deputy Commissioner of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where he oversaw programmatic work aimed at reducing overall premature mortality and closing the racial gap on the leading causes of preventable death.
He was also the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health, where he assisted in the advancement of key programming to address pressing issues such as maternal deaths and gun violence.
Dr. Easterling is a community physician dedicated to achieving the health outcomes that all people deserve, both locally and globally, through health equity, social justice, and movement-building.
Dr. Easterling earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, a doctorate in medicine (MD) from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and a master’s degree in public health (MPH) from New York Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai. He did his Family Medicine residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, New York, and his General Preventive Medicine Residency at the Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai in New York.
First Deputy Commissioner, Chief Equity Officer
September 24, 2020 – Dr. Torian Easterling was named First Deputy Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer by the Health Department today. Dr. Easterling will be the agency’s top deputy and serve as the agency’s chief coordinator for non-COVID health issues in his new position. As the department’s first Chief Equity Officer, he will also unify and direct the department’s internal and external equity agendas.
Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said, “Dr. Easterling has dedicated his career to health equity and social justice, which are principles that guide the Health Department.” “I am looking forward to collaborating with Dr. Easterling as we work to make New York a more equitable and healthier city.”
“My passion for social justice, health equity, and movement building led me to public health service.”
“I worked to advance and operationalize an equity framework to achieve the health outcomes that all people deserve during my time at the Department of Health,” said First Deputy Commissioner Dr. Torian Easterling.
“As we face this unprecedented crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic intersecting with longstanding racial inequalities, we must work even harder to address systemic health inequities like violence, chronic disease, and maternal health outcomes.
I’m excited to keep working with communities and key stakeholders across this great city to reimagine our city and communities so that we can all live healthier lives.”
Dr. Easterling was most recently the Deputy Commissioner of the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW). CHECW aims to eliminate health inequities for New York City’s most marginalized residents and reduce overall premature mortality from the leading causes of preventable death through a racial and social justice approach.
Dr. Easterling led the reorganization of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness as Deputy Commissioner, as well as the agency’s equity plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Easterling was the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health prior to becoming the Deputy Commissioner. He co-led the agency’s NYC Birth Equity Initiative, which aims to eliminate racial disparities in severe maternal morbidity and infant health outcomes.
Dr. Easterling earned a Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, and a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H.) from New York’s Icahn School of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY, as well as a General Preventive Medicine residency at New York’s Icahn School of Medicine.
Family MedicineFamily medicine doctors are primary-care physicians trained to meet the diverse health needs of children and families.
Is Dr. Torian J. Easterling Accepting New Patients?
Yes, Dr. Torian J. Easterling is accepting new patients at this office.
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