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Tina Sacks

Assistant Professor

TINA SACKS is assistant professor at the School of Social Welfare. Her fields of interest include racial disparities in health; social determinants of health; race, class and gender; and poverty and inequality.

Prior to joining Berkeley Social Welfare, Dr. Sacks spent nearly a decade in federal service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she honed her macro-practice skills in public health and social work. Her vast experience includes serving as special assistant to the director of the CDC, legislative director at the Baltimore City Health Department as well as executive director of the Illinois Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.



  • Racial Disparities in Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Poverty and Inequality

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2015, IIS Manuscript Mini-Conference Grant, The Institute of International Studies (IIS)

Curriculum Vitae

Expanded Publications

Tina K. Sacks (2017): Performing Black womanhood: a qualitative study of stereotypes and the healthcare encounter, Critical Public Health, DOI: 10.1080/09581596.2017.1307323


Gunn, Alana J., Sacks, Tina K., and Jemel, Alexis (2016). "That's not me anymore": Resistance strategies for managing intersectional stigmas for women with substance use and incarceration histories. Qualitative Social Work.

Sacks, T. (2015). "New Pathways to Analysis through Thick Description: Historical Trauma and Emerging Qualitative Research." Qualitative Social Work. 14(6) 753–757.


Ferrera, M. J., Sacks, T. K., Perez, M., Nixon, J. P., Asis, D., & Coleman, R. W. L. (2015). Empowering immigrant youth in Chicago: utilizing CBPR to document the impact of a youth health service corps program. Family & community health, 38(1), 12-21.

Sacks, T. (under review). Mobilizing class resources and presenting the self: The differential healthcare experiences of black middle class women.

Campos-Castillo, Celeste, Benjamin W. Woodson, Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Tina Sacks, Michelle Fleig-Palmer and Monica E. Peek. Forthcoming. "Examining the Relationship between Interpersonal and Institutional Trust in the Political and Health Care Contexts." in Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Trust: Towards Theoretical and Methodological Integration, edited by E. Shockley, T. M. S. Neal, L. M. PytlikZillig and B. H. Bornstein. New York: Springer

Sacks, T. (2013). “Race and Gender Concordance: Strategy to Reduce Health Disparities or Red Herring? Evidence from a Qualitative Study.” Race and Social Problems.

Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Sacks T., Mininger, C., McClintock, MK, & Olopade, O. (2008). “Targeting Health Disparities: Linking Upstream Determinants to Downstream Interventions.” Health Affairs.

Furimoto-Dawson, A. & Gehlert, S., Sohmer, D., Olapade, O., & Sacks, T. (2007). “Early life conditions and mechanisms population health vulnerabilities.” Health Affairs.


Sacks, T. (2015, January). “Use of the Vignette Technique in a Qualitative Study of Health Disparities.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T., Das, A., Jones, A., Hoffman, C., Staller, K., Padgett, D., Gilgun, J. (2015, January). “Beyond Description: A Workshop on Moving from Description to Analysis in Qualitative Social Work Research.” Panel discussion held at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Sacks, T. (2014, October). Negotiating the Health Care Encounter: Race, Class and Gender in the Age of the Affordable Care Act. University of California Berkeley Alumni Weekend Speaker’s Series (invited).

Sacks, T. (2014, January). “Sanguinity and the Black Body: African American Women, Hysterectomy and Reproductive Freedom.” Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Sacks, T. (2013, March). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the University of Illinois at Chicago Engendering Society Conference, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2013, January). "Ain’t I a Woman": Black Middle Class Women Discuss Race and Gender Preference in Healthcare. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, October). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Sacks, T. (2012, January). Mobilizing Class Resources and Presenting the Self: A Qualitative Study of Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at the Society for Social Work Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. 

Sacks, T. (2011, October). The Black Women’s Health Care Project: Health and Resilience Among the Black Middle Class. Presentation delivered at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. (2010, October). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Using Qualitative Data to Explore Perspectives of Middle Class African American Women.Presentation delivered at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Mininger, C. & Sacks, T. (2008, January). Measuring the Built Environment in Breast Cancer Research. Paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Sacks, T. & Brazelton, J. (2005, December). Loneliness: A Risk Factor for Breast Cancer Among African-American Women. Paper presentation at the American Public Health Association. Philadelphia, PA.


Sacks, T. (2012, December). “Demonstrate You Are Also a Person”: Healthcare Disparities Among Black Middle Class Women. Presentation delivered at Rush Medical Center University Preventive Medicine Grand Rounds, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2012, June). Black, Female, and Middle-Class: A Healthcare Negotiation. Presentation delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Studies, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T (2009, January). Understanding Health Care Disparities: Perspectives of Middle class African Americans. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. (2008, May). Middle-class African-Americans: Persistent Health Challenges. Presentation to the Health Economics Workshop, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Curry, A., Bird, Jason, Darrow, J. (October, 2008). Exploring Opportunities and Challenges for Teaching Assistants. The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Teaching Workshop, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. Mininger, C. & Gehlert, S. (2007, April). Social Isolation, the Built Environment, and Breast Cancer. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Gehlert, S. (2006, November). Felt Loneliness and Breast Cancer Outcomes. Proseminar Series at the Institute for Mind and Body, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Sacks, T. & Mininger C. (2006, November). Trans-disciplinary Research: Breast Cancer and the Social Environment. External Advisory Committee-National Institutes of Health (NCI and NIEHS), Chicago, IL.