A Journey to the Center of Health Equity: Pioneering Beyond the Bedside

Dr. Kamillah Wood is a physician leader, public health policy practitioner and board-certified community pediatrician with over a decade of leadership and management experience in the non-profit, government, academic and corporate technology sectors. Dr. Wood is a recognized leader and speaker with expertise on the intersection of housing, transportation, and health, including developing multi-sector approaches to foster system and policy change to advance racial and health equity. She currently sits on the board of The Community Builders, a leading non-profit affordable housing developer who owns, manages, and builds quality affordable housing for families and seniors. Dr. Wood most recently served as Head of Community Safety Policy at Lyft, serving as the leading voice in setting company priorities around rideshare safety public policy. Prior to this role, she was Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer at the Children’s Health Fund in New York City.

Dr. Wood joined the Children’s Health Fund from Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) where she served as Senior Vice President of Health and Housing. At SAHF, she became a nationally renowned policy expert on the intersection of health and housing, facilitating partnerships with the health sector and informing policymakers on critical issues at the intersection of health and housing. In 2015, Dr. Wood was appointed as Special Policy Advisor and White House Fellow to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). At USDOT, she advised the Secretary and other senior leaders on the intersection of health and transportation, as well as economic opportunity and equity. As a community pediatrician, Dr. Wood continues to serve families in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C. at Children’s National Hospital. She was previously the Associate Medical Director at the Children’s Health Center at THEARC at Children’s National Hospital, where she managed the operations of the health center and mobile health program; led community-based asthma quality improvement initiatives; started a civic engagement program for patients and families; and instructed pediatric residents and students as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Wood completed her residency and was a Chief Resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; received her Medical Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, graduating with the distinction of Alpha Omega Alpha; Master of Public Health from Harvard University School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy; and Bachelor of Science from Howard University, graduating with the distinction of Phi Beta Kappa.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the connection between housing and health using a racial equity lens
  2. Analyze the evolution of housing and health interventions, differentiating between the upstream and downstream solutions
  3. Explain hospitals and health systems role in advancing health equity through equity


  • Kamillah Wood, MD, MPH

This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on February 14, 2024.

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