Biosketch of Fleda Mask Jackson, Ph.D.

fleda_portraitA scholar, educator, and activist, Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson is the President and CEO of MAJAICA, LLC, a national research firm and think tank. Dr. Jackson is the leader and creator of Save 100 Babies, a cross sector network based in Atlanta, Georgia devoted to a social determinants, asset-based  approach for eliminating racial disparities in birth outcomes. She is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Health Behavior Change at Morgan State University and a University Affiliate at Columbia University. Fleda Mask Jackson was a Professor (rank of Professor) of Applied Public Health at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and most recently completed a term as a visiting scholar in the Psychology Department at Spelman College.

With academic preparation in education, psychology and anthropology, Dr. Jackson's work is aimed at advancing the well being of women, children, families, and communities that is informed by community-based, culturally sensitive research. Over the past decade her work has been devoted to the study of the intersection of racial and gendered stress and its impact on the health and reproductive outcomes among African American women. 

With major grant support from the CDC and the Ford Foundation, she led a research team whose efforts have produced a contextualized measure for assessing the intersection of racial and gendered stress  (Jackson, Hogue, Phillips Contextualized Stress). This work also includes  an intervention model expressly designed to respond to the particular psychosocial health risks of racism and sexism confronted by African American women. Funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and HHS Region IV is supporting the translation of her extensive work on contextualized stress to inform national and regional policies and practices that advance clinical and community level prevention and intervention designed to ensure equitable birth outcomes and good physical and emotional health for African American women across the lifespan.     

Dr. Jackson has worked collaboratively and conducted research with health agencies and academic institutions in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Wisconsin.The author of numerous scientific articles, book chapters and presentations, Dr. Jackson has served as a consultant and adviser for a wide range of organizations that include the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, the Center for Excellence in Women’s Health at the Harvard Medical School, The Ford Foundation (SisterSong), the Rhea and Lawton Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies at the University of South Florida, and the Children's Defense Fund. She  served as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Health Disparities for the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and was approved by the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM). She was the chair and co-chair for the United Way of Greater Atlanta's Babies Born Healthy Initiative and is a member of the expert panel for the Clayton County Board of Health"s Perinatal Coalition.

The recipient of the Spelman College Alumnae Achievement Award in Health and Science and the Delta Award for Health Activism, the city of Atlanta honored her work by naming September 23rd, 2002 as Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson Day. Dr. Jackson's work was featured in When the Bough Breaks, an episode from the award-winning PBS series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and in the documentary, Crisis in the Crib produced by Tanya Lewis Lee. 

Fleda Mask Jackson received a B.A. degree from Spelman College in Atlanta and  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  


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