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John Sankofa
Writer, Race and Equity
  • Profile
  • Outside Affiliations
  • John Sankofa is the race and equity writer at the Urban Institute, where he writes and substantively edits policy research products, including briefs, executive summaries, and Urban Wire blog posts. Before joining Urban, Sankofa wrote for several research and mission-driven organizations, including the National Medical Association, the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Health Policy Research Consortium, a racial disparities research project funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He was the principal writer of the national report of the Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce. In 2002, Sankofa was awarded the Kaiser Media Fellowship for his in-depth reporting on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities for the New York Amsterdam News.


    Outside Affiliations
    U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
    Veteran, VA health enrollee
    OutDoorAfro
    Member
    Black Vegetarian Society of NY
    Co-founder
    International Health Literacy Association
    Member/abstract reviewer
    Health Equity Leadership Exchange Network/Aetna Foundation
    Member
    Black Urban Gardening Society
    Member
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