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J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Trust for America's Health, a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. Nadine previously served as a senior official in the Obama Administration as the deputy assistant secretary for minority health and the director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There, she provided executive leadership on administration priorities, including the Affordable Care Act and criminal justice reform, and oversaw a budget of $57 million dedicated to improving the health of minority populations in the U.S. A pediatrician with epidemiology training, Nadine was previously the chief medical officer in the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, where her portfolio included adolescent health, environmental health, disaster preparedness, and global health. In 2008-2009, she served as a White House Fellow, assigned to HHS and later to the Office of the First Lady as a policy advisor. Prior to joining the federal government, Nadine was a clinical instructor and research fellow at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she conducted research on community risk factors for violence. She completed her pediatrics residency training and served as chief pediatrics resident and clinical instructor at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. A first-generation Haitian-American, Nadine earned a Bachelor of Arts in French with Honors from Stanford University, a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Nadine is a Fellow of the second class of the Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.