Dr. William Latimer speaks with Dr. Martine Hackett, an associate professor in the Department of Health Professions at Hofstra University and the Director of the Master of Public Health Program. Her research and community-based work is focused on maternal child health, suburban health equity and the intersection of health and housing. She is also the co-founder of the Birth Justice Warriors, an organization committed to eliminating black maternal and infant mortality in Nassau County. Dr. Hackett previously served as a deputy director at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health and also had a decade of experience as a television producer. She has a BFA in film and television from New York University, a MPH from Hunter College, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center. On this episode of PHA Dr. Hackett discusses Suburban Public Health. When it comes to public health, where you live matters. During the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 in New York, thousands of people fled the city for the suburbs seeking more space and a healthier environment. For decades, the suburbs seemed to offer a healthy and safe alternative, a way to distance and protect people from the health problems of the city. However, the perceived health benefits of suburban life deny the reality that fragmented jurisdictions and pockets of local control in the suburbs created their own unique set of public health problems. Dr. Hackett discusses her new research as well as her background, growing up in the Bronx.