“Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Tobacco Use” webinar on June 24th!

Please join us on June 24th for our next exciting webinar entitled, Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Tobacco Use featuring Phil Gardiner, Kimberly Bankston-Lee, and Jahmal Miller. Registration link is under our Upcoming Events section.

About the Speakers

jmJahmal Miller is the Deputy Director of the Office of Health Equity within the California Department of Public Health. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Jahmal as the first to lead the newly created office. On July 2, 2014, the California State Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to confirm him, and the decision was upheld and ratified by a unanimous senate floor vote. Prior to his appointment, Jahmal spent more than fifteen years in private-sector health-leadership positions with Kaiser Permanente and Sutter Health, respectively. Jahmal received a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Columbia University in New York. Jahmal is a native of Sacramento, where he graduated from Hiram Johnson West Campus High School. He is married to Kimberly Graham-Miller, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist in track and field, currently serving as assistant track and field coach at Sacramento State University. The Millers are proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Skye and Leah ages 7 and 6.

Phil Gardiner

Phillip Gardiner, DrPH is a public health activist, administrator, evaluator and researcher. Throughout his research career, Dr. Gardiner has maintained his community activism to address racial disparities in health, through writing, organizing, evaluating and public speaking. Currently, Dr. Gardiner is the Social & Behavioral Sciences and Neurosciences and Nicotine Dependence Research Administrator for the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP), University of California Office of the President. Dr. Gardiner is also the Co-Chair of the African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), a group of Black professionals dedicated to fighting the scourge of tobacco impacting African American communities in California and nationally.


Kimberly Bankston-Lee is the Senior Program Director for two tobacco control programs, Saving Our Legacy: African Americans for Smoke-free Safe Places, (The SOL Project) and Breathe California, Sacramento-Emigrant Trails’, Sacramento Taking Action against Nicotine Dependence (STAND Project). Ms. Bankston-Lee has 17 years of experience planning, developing and implementing tobacco control programs. Ms. Bankston-Lee has worked with restaurateurs, the rental housing industry, community colleges and trade schools, and government agencies to adopt smoke-free policies and ordinances. She has developed numerous educational materials and campaigns such as policy tool kits, guides for adopting smoke-free policies, pamphlets, brochures and post cards on various tobacco issues and products; and developed TV, radio and social media campaigns to increase awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke, nonsmokers’ rights, and support for smoke-free outdoor policies.