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Anita Kumar, PhD

Director, Collaborative Health Equity Practice

Anita brings to BARHII over 15 years of work on health equity and a deep passion for how neighborhood conditions shape our health and well-being.

She joins BARHII from East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), an Oakland-based community development corporation, where she served as Director of Neighborhood Collaborations. In this role, she led the strategic vision and direction of the organization’s place-based collaborative work to advance its Healthy Neighborhoods approach. She also served as the backbone convener for the Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative, where she managed a multi-sectoral collaborative of 30+ partners to implement place-based strategies to support the health and well-being of East Oakland residents.

Prior to EBALDC, Anita worked as a researcher at Amnesty International USA, helping to launch the organization’s health and human rights campaign. She has 10+ years of research experience, advocating for the role lived experience plays in shaping safe, accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare for low-income communities of color. While healthcare access for under-resourced communities is a critical need, she found herself gravitating to research highlighting the increasing role of place and community development in driving community health. Anita holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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