Dr. Chinazo Cunningham is Executive Deputy Commissioner of Mental Hygiene in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where she oversees mental health, substance use, health promotion for justice-impacted populations, and developmental disabilities. She is a physician board-certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine and has spent over 20 years providing care, developing programs, and conducting research with people who use drugs. For decades, she has also collaborated with community-based harm reduction organizations. Her research has focused on improving access to care, utilization of health care services, and health outcomes. Dr. Cunningham has authored over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts, has been the principal investigator on numerous federally-funded grants, and has been recognized by local and national mentoring awards. Dr. Cunningham has also served on and chaired numerous local and national advisory committees, guideline committees, and grant-review study sections. She and her work have also been featured on several major media outlets.