Jul 27, 2020
Nicole D. Vick, is an Author,
Speaker, Public Health Advocate, Professor, and Image Consultant
based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Health Educator Coordinator at
the Los Angeles County Department of Health and an adjunct
professor at Occidental College where she teaches
about health equity and social
determinants of health. She is on the board of three
community-based organizations: Esperanza Community
Health Advocates and Physicians for Social Responsibility (LA
She “fell in love with public health 20 years ago” and has never
looked back. She believes in using her professional,
educational and lived experience to teach, engage, and
In This Episode We
is at the heart of public health and her work.
she works with her undergraduate students to look inside themselves
and start to formulate ideas on how each of them can make a
difference in this field.
commitment to your local community on a small scale is crucial in
order to make bigger public health impacts.
to pursue being on your local community-based organization
lived experiences have shaped her life and career path.
educational attainment is one of the top ten social determinants of
health and how it affects all aspects of a person’s
need for eliminating current unfair systemic structures and the
need to start over creating new systemic foundations.
tips for managing public health projects and creating
- Purchase her Book:
Pushing Through: Finding the Light
in Every Lesson where
she talks about her life
journey, her “ah-ha” moments, her struggles as a teen mom, and how
public health concepts play out in a person’s life.
her TED talk on YouTube “Seeing Faces and Not Just Numbers.” In this
talk, she amplifies the importance of understanding the lived
experiences behind statistics, particularly in the field of public
the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us
Sick” - a seven-part
documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities
- “Ultimately public health is about community
and trying to make communities better and
- “People’s civil rights are not being met.
Black people have to fight to have their humanity
see health disparities. We see inequalities in quality of
education. We see housing is unaffordable. We see high
- “Racism is the reason why we see so many
different health outcomes.”
- “Poverty predicts poor health in such a
profound way that if we could eliminate poverty, we could raise the
status of our population in regards to
is an unfair situation as to how our community and society is
structured. It keeps certain people in poverty. We need to do
a better job of working towards eliminating those