Dr. Jessie Fields - Open Primaries Board Member
Dr. Jessie Fields is a Harlem physician and an outspoken advocate for political independence and structural political reform. She is a Board Member and National Spokesperson for Open Primaries. Dr. Fields was also a leader in the "Bloomberg on C" coalition for Michael Bloomberg's mayoral election.
Dr. Jessie Fields is Board Member and National Spokesperson for Open Primaries and an outspoken advocate for independent politics and structural political reform.
She is an attending physician in Internal Medicine affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and maintains a primary care general medical practice at the Mount Sinai Faculty Practice in Harlem. She is on the faculty of the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and is an adjunct faculty member at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. At both institutions, Dr. Fields is a role model for medical students pursuing careers in primary care in underserved communities.
Having grown up in a poor black community in Philadelphia, Dr. Fields set out on a career to bring better health conditions to poor urban communities. She was awarded a National Public Health Service Corps medical scholarship and attended Bryn Mawr College and the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1985, and became Board Certified in Internal Medicine the same year.
During medical school she worked on the West Side of Chicago at a neighborhood health center where she initiated a hypertension screening program. As a physician she would go on to practice at the same community health center.
Dr. Fields moved to New York City in 1991, initially working as a primary care physician for the Health Insurance Plan of New York, in Brooklyn and then for the 32-BJ Union Health Center in Manhattan.
An advocate for the health of the Harlem community, Dr. Fields took her commitment to community health into the political arena and has run for public office as an independent candidate, including for Manhattan Borough President in 2005 and for other local offices. She was a leader in the "Bloomberg on C" coalition that elected Mike Bloomberg mayor of NYC and speaks nationally on the importance of political mobility and independence for the African-American community.