Jahmil Lacey is the Director of TrapMedicine, a public health initiative designed to address health disparities among Black men and boys leveraging the cultural capital of barbershops. He serves as a Researcher at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center where he supports prostate cancer health disparities studies and community initiatives including SF CAN Prostate Cancer Task Force, Alameda County and San Francisco Men’s Health Committee, and the Prostate Cancer Survivor Support Group for African American Men.
Jahmil also runs a low-income housing program for youth and adults with severe psychological trauma. He began his career with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) where he developed policy and programs to advance economic development efforts in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. His work contributed to the creation of the Fresh Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Initiative, an interagency effort between the Mayor’s Food Policy Task Force, NYC Department of City Planning to attract and retain fresh food enterprises in food deserts throughout NYC’s outer boroughs. Since 2010, he has worked in various disciplines including mental health, food justice, policy and advocacy, research, community organizing, and workforce development to understand the complexities of health inequity and to prepare himself to become a physician and researcher whose line of attack is through a social determinants of health and social justice lens. As manager of the James Logan school-based health clinic, he designed a mobile outreach effort to increase clinic utilization, developed culturally relevant health education content/initiatives for 5,000 students, trained peer health educators, and led the implementation of a school-wide effort to connect students with mental health services. As a volunteer Medic at Berkeley Free Clinic, he counseled uninsured and homeless patients on sexual health, harm reduction, and self-care. While at Youth Uprising he created a health careers pipeline program for young people disconnected from formal education. Jahmil earned an MSc in Social Policy and Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Urban Studies and Economics from Morehouse College.