When she considers how far she’s come, Dr. Paula Johnson sees the path that brought her from being a public school kid in Brooklyn to being the first Black woman president of Wellesley College and a tireless advocate for equity in medicine. It’s a path that refined her life’s work into a simple question: “How do we improve the health and well being of all women, particularly those who suffer the most inequity?”
It started with her grandmother, even though she didn’t realize it at the time.
“My grandmother’s psychiatric illness through a good part of my childhood was, when I look back, a motivating force,” Dr. Johnson says. Motivate it
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