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Who is Dr. Aletha Maybank?

EssenceDr. Aletha Maybank is a young, highly respected physician on a mission. Her professional and volunteer lives reflect her passion to improve the quality of health in various communities – in New York City, nationally, and abroad. Her areas of expertise include preventive medicine, food and fitness, maternal and child health, cancer, HIV/AIDS, community health, and health inequities. In the media and on the lecture circuit, Dr. Maybank is highly sought after, appearing on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry show, BET’s 106 & Park, HuffPost Live, Our World with Black Enterprise, FOX 5 NY Good Day Street Talk, and various other outlets.

For her accomplishments, she has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Men, The Network Journal 40 Under 40, the Hip Hop Loves Foundation, and NV Magazine’s Movers and Shakers 2010, and others.

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