Lonias Gilmore, Director of Health Equity and Social Justice

February 2022

Lonias Gilmore

Lonias Gilmore, MPH, is the Director of Health Equity and Social Justice for the Big Cities Health Coalition. BCHC is a forum for the leaders of America’s largest metropolitan health departments to exchange strategies and jointly address issues to promote and protect the health and safety of the more than 61 million people they serve.

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.

Contact Lonias at lgilmore@bigcitieshealth.org.