Oni Blackstock, MD

Founder and Executive Director
Health Justice

Dr. Oni Blackstock is founder and Executive Director of Health Justice, a consultancy that supports health-related organizations to center anti-racism and equity in the workplace and to reduce health inequities in the communities they serve. She is a primary care and HIV physician and is recognized as a thought leader and influencer in the areas of HIV and health equity.

Dr. Blackstock previously served as an assistant commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she led the city’s response to ending the HIV epidemic. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein, College of Medicine where she provided clinical care and conducted HIV clinical research.

Within the health care and public health arenas, Dr. Blackstock has developed and implemented racial equity programs and initiatives, including establishing the first Bureau-based Racial Equity program at the NYC Health Department, which have led to improved workforce equity and more equitable administrative and programmatic policies. Additionally, her own experience living at the intersection of several marginalized identities has informed her deep commitment to advancing health equity.

Dr. Blackstock holds degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and Yale School of Medicine. She has been the recipient of awards and recognition from media outlets such as Marie Claire, GO, Out, and Essence magazines and community-based organizations such as Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Exponents. She has made multiple media appearances including sharing her expertise on Democracy Now!, CNN, MSNBC, and Good Morning America.

Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN

Nurse Educator – Office Based Addiction Treatment, Training and Technical Assistance Program
Boston Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Justin is a Clinical Nurse Educator for the State Technical Assistance and Treatment Expansion of Office Based Addiction Treatment (STATE OBAT) at Boston Medical Center, with specific expertise in infectious disease and their co-occurrence with substance use disorders, community outreach, and harm reduction. He serves as an expert on the Substance Use Disorder Care Continuum ECHO team, providing opioid addiction training and mentoring to health centers throughout the SUD care spectrum. He also sits on the item writing committee for the Addictions Nursing Certification Board, which oversees the accreditation of addiction nurses via the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice (CARN-AP) examinations.

Justin has dedicated his career to caring for patients living with HIV/AIDS and suffering from substance use disorders across the continuum of care, working first in the community for a mobile health unit offering free HIV/STI testing and case management services and most recently as a staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Infectious Disease Division. He is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse, serving as the President of the Boston Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, and a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse, serving as the Vice-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions. He is also the current President of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Justin received his BSN from Northeastern University in 2013 and is currently in a MSN program at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with a focus in nursing education.