Lonias Gilmore, Director of Health Equity and Social Justice
Lonias Gilmore, MPH, is the Director of Health Equity and Social Justice for the Big Cities Health Coalition. Lonias is a mission-driven public health practitioner who believes we can eliminate the power in race, culture, home language, zip code, and socioeconomic status to predict health and well-being. She has more than 10 years of experience building partnerships to improve public health and leading policy, systems, and environmental change to improve health and education outcomes and advance health and racial equity.
Prior to joining BCHC, Lonias was a senior public health consultant with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Lonias was charged with protecting and promoting childhood nutrition and physical activity starting in the prenatal period through adolescence. She provided consultation and technical assistance nationally to government agencies, coalitions, workgroups, statewide partners, and community organizations on strategies to improve health and education outcomes and advance racial equity. She has also been involved in organizational change efforts to increase capacity to advance equity and to increase diversity and inclusion. Lonias received a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Langston University, the Historically Black University in Oklahoma.