#NYTReadalong | Dr. Olajide Williams (Founder, Hip Hop Public Health)

Updated: Aug 23

Our guest on this week’s edition of @Sree’s Sunday #NYTReadalong is Dr. Olajide Williams, founder and Board Chair of Hip Hop Public Health, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that works with iconic Hip Hop influencers –– like founding artist Doug E. Fresh, and Artist Advisory board members Chuck D, Darryl DMC McDaniels, and Ashanti –– using art, music, and science to create memorable content wrapped in hip hop and powered by science to inspire, educate and engage young people and ultimately save lives.


Dr. Williams is the Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology and a tenured professor and Associate Dean of Community Research and Engagement at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is co-Chair of the Academy of Community and Public Service, co-Chair of Columbia University’s Medical Campus Anti-Racism Task Force, and co-director of the Columbia University Community Wellness Center

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Also known as the “Hip Hop Doc,” Dr. Williams is a board member of the Partnership for a Healthier America whose honorary chair is former First Lady Michelle Obama, where he helps guide health equity-related activities. Dr. Williams is also an expert on COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in communities of color and COVID-related health disparities.


Dr. Williams, through his work with Hip Hop Public Health, is particularly interested in supporting the mental health of children. This is particularly important at the start of another school year and after two and a half years of living in a pandemic.


Dr. Williams has received numerous awards and accolades including being named on Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People list, Root 100’s most influential Blacks in America list, Advertising Age’s Creative 50 list, and consecutive New York Magazine’s Best Doctors list.


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