Gail Christopher, DN


Dr. Gail Christopher has followed an unusual and indirect path to naturopathic medicine. Her earliest fantasies were to be a lawyer, then she wanted to become an actress, and eventually went to college to be a theater major. There she ran smack into racism while in undergraduate school. The only role she was offered was as a maid, which didn't rest with her sensibilities.

As part of the counter-culture mindset, she focused on developing long-lasting changes in social justice and racial discrimination. One of her earliest sparks for career change came from reading a book called "The Textbook of Black Diseases," which introduced her to the statistical inequalities in health care. Blown away from the disproportionate amount of chronic diseases among different races, Dr. Christopher dedicated her life's work to fixing the cultural inequalities in our healthcare systems.

While serving as Vice President of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Office of Health, Women, and Families in Washington, DC, Dr. Christopher directed PLACE MATTERS, a multi-year initiative to engage underserved, racial, and ethnic minorities.

Her experiences in the nation's capital set up her current position as Vice President for Programs at W.K. Kellogg Foundation where she leads the food, health and well-being, racial equality and community and civic engagement programming. She has authored and co-authored three books, a monthly column in the Federal Times, and has contributed to more than 250 scholarly articles.

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