National Spokesperson | Open Primaries
Dr. Jessie Fields is an attending physician in Internal Medicine affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health Systems in Manhattan. She maintains a busy primary care general medical practice at the Mount Sinai Faculty Practice in Harlem. She is on the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where she is a role model for medical students interested in pursuing careers in primary care in underserved communities.
Having grown up in the Black community in Philadelphia, Jessie 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.
Upon finishing her internal medicine residency training in the late 1980’s she began to practice medicine in the poor Black community of Lawndale on the Westside of Chicago. There she became familiar with the social and economic conditions of poverty and how those conditions impact a person’s health. She decided to go outside the clinic and become involved in the political and social development of the community.
As 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 is very active as an independent leader and spokesperson for nonpartisan political reform.
Dr. Jessie Fields has been a strong supporter of opportunities for young people and a leader of the All Stars Project, a performance based youth and community development center that helps thousands of young people from inner city communities to grow, learn and develop.