Dr. Easterling has served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness (CHECW) at the Health Department. CHECW seeks to use a racial and social justice approach to eliminate health inequities for those who are most marginalized in New York City and to reduce overall premature mortality from the leading causes of preventable death. During his time as Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Easterling led the restructuring of Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness and has led the agency’s equity plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to serving as the Deputy Commissioner, Dr. Easterling served as the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Health’s Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health. In this role, he launched the Brownsville Neighborhood Health Action Center and co-led the agency’s NYC Birth Equity Initiative, which works to eliminate racial inequities in severe maternal morbidity and infant health outcomes. Dr. Easterling holds a Bachelor of Science from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School, and a Masters of Public Health (M.P.H) from Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai in New York. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens, NY and a General Preventive Medicine residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Sinai in New York.