Foreword contributor, Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, is a public health researcher and commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In February 2015, she wrote a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine regarding the adverse health effects of racial discrimination against African Americans. She holds a B.A. in history and science from Harvard University, an M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and an M.P.H. from the University of Washington.