Jacquelyn Taylor is the inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity. Her undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing are from Wayne State University, College of Nursing in Detroit Michigan. She is prepared as both a pediatric nurse practitioner and a school nurse practitioner. She holds a certificate in molecular genetics from Georgetown University and has completed additional coursework in cardiovascular epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Taylor also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Urban Health of Older Populations at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to coming to NYU, Jacquelyn Taylor served as a faculty member and coordinator of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a tenured associate professor in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty at Yale University, New Haven. Dr. Taylor’s research has been consistently funded via University [University of Michigan Office of the Provost and School of Nursing Pilot Award], Foundation [Robert Wood Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars], and Federalsources [P20 and P30 pilots, K12 award, and an R01] all as PI.