Research Expertise and Interest

racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Research Description

Tina Sacks is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. Her vast experience includes serving as special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director at the Baltimore City Health Department as well as executive director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.

In the News

Breaking the cycle of shame about mental struggles in athletics

Long before sports superstars Naomi Osaka and Simone Biles braved the spotlight to defend their mental health, Graig Chow, a certified mental performance consultant at UC Berkeley, studied the culture that pushes elite athletes like NBA players Chamique Holdsclaw, Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan to their breaking points.

Race, law, and health policy

As the country moves toward reopening — and with it some sense of “normalcy” — UC Berkeley researchers said simply returning to normal isn’t enough. Rather, they said, dismantling structural racism must be part of any reopening strategy.

COVID-19’s unequal toll on black Americans: A Q&A with Tina Sacks

The recently-released data are shocking: COVID-19 is infecting and killing black people at an alarmingly high rate. An Associated Press analysis — one of the first attempts to examine the racial disparities of COVID-19 cases and deaths nationwide — has found that, of nearly 3,300 of the 13,000 deaths so far, about 42% of the deceased were African American. Black Americans account for about 21% of the total population in the areas covered by the AP analysis.

Featured in the Media

Please note: The views and opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or positions of UC Berkeley.
January 28, 2019
Many African American women experience discrimination in their doctors' offices, and assistant social welfare professor Tina Sacks has researched and written a book exploring some of the ways the malpractice presents itself -- often through delayed or denied diagnosis and treatment -- and potential solutions to the problem. "When you look at inequalities in healthcare, you see a lot of studies tying the problems to race and poverty, but there's not a lot about educated, insured black women who are not poor," Professor Sacks says. "Yet infant mortality rates for black women with a college degree are higher than those for white women with just a high school education. I wanted to dig deeper into the personal experiences behind this disparity." The book is called Invisible Visits: Black Middle-Class Women in the American Healthcare System (Oxford University Press, 2019), and this Q&A with Professor Sacks originated at Berkeley News.
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