Gayle Cummings is the Program Director and an Associate Professor in the Public Health Program at Touro University California (TUC). She received her Master of Public Health degree from the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley and then went on to do an NIH Fellowship with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at UCSF. Subsequently, she co-founded the Center for the Analysis of Multicultural Issues (CAMI), a program planning and evaluation firm, responsible for conducting program and research evaluation, strategic planning, and analysis for disease prevention and health promotion programs. For the last 15 years, as co-principal and consultant for CAMI, she helped develop, implement, and evaluate programs primarily focused on assisting under-served communities throughout California and in and around the Bay Area.
Currently completing her doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology, her dissertation focuses on how the campus diversity climate influences the degree to which institutions can make changes to implement and or improve diversity and inclusion related policies. In addition, as part of the TUC Public Health Program, she is working with her colleagues to develop a new MPH specialization, “Health Equity and Criminal Justice”, focused on the health impacts of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities, within the public health framework. According to Professor Cummings, this is an often overlooked public health epidemic that she and her colleagues hope to bring to greater light within the health field. Of particular interest is the recognition of the injustice of our justice system and the intersectionality of racism and the social determinants of health.