Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D- Richmond) honored Dr. Vicki Alexander as the 15th Assembly District Woman of the Year Award recipient.
“It brings me great pleasure to present this award to Dr. Alexander for her devotion towards education, health equity, and social justice for all,” said Thurmond.
Alexander is the founder and board president of Healthy Black Families (HBF), Inc. HBF, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization in July 2013 to support the growth and development of healthy Black families and individuals.
She also founded the Black Infant Health Program in Berkeley in 2000, and was instrumental to the creation of the Alameda County Coalition to fight infant mortality to address disparities in infant mortality rates.
Alexander received her medical degree from UC San Francisco. She completed her residency in obstetrics and Gynecology, and her Master’s degree is in Public Health from Columbia University.
First at San Francisco General and then at Harlem Hospital, Alexander has worked in the interest of Public Health for decades, concentrating on the social determinants of health. She retired in 2006 from the City of Berkeley as the Maternal Child Health Director and Health Officer.
In retirement, volunteerism has been at the core of Alexander’s life.
She has participated in groups and activities to improve the living conditions for women and children. These organizations include the Rainbow Coalition (chaired the Women’s Commission), Center for Constitutional Rights, Reproductive Rights National Network, Planned Parenthood, City Maternal and Child Health, and other national organizations.
Her previous awards include Woman of the Year Award, Berkeley (2011); the Martin Luther King, Lifetime Achievement Award, Berkeley (2014); National Jefferson Award for Community Service (2015); the Alameda County African American Black History Month Award (2017); and the Madame CJ Walker Award for Black Women (2017).