Tammy Lee

Tammy Lee
Location: Oakland, California Cohort Start Year: 2018 Project Topics: Public Policy, Public, Population and Community Health Populations Served: African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Immigrants and Refugees, Low-Income Communities, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI), Young Children (0-5 years)
Community Epidemiologist
Alameda County Public Health Department

Alameda County aspires to be a place where everyone–regardless of where you live, how much money you have, or the color of your skin–can lead a healthy, fulfilling, and productive life. But the county is not there yet. It must tackle large and persistent health inequities based on place, race/racism, and income. As a community epidemiologist at Alameda County Public Health Department, Tammy helps people leverage data and research in their efforts to advance health equity. She examines critical questions about health inequities, like “why” and “so what.” She also conducts research in partnership with communities to bolster their capacity to advocate for change. Data by itself may not move the hearts and minds of people and decision-makers, but it can be a helpful tool in advancing change at multiple levels within institutions and communities.

Tammy’s commitment to health for all has roots in being a child of immigrants who greatly depended on the kindness of strangers; a community epidemiologist who has worked to advance equity in Alameda County for over a decade; and a mother of two who hopes all kids can thrive and be healthy.

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