Paris Thomas MS | MCHES | PhD

Executive Director

Dr. Paris Thomas is a devoted health and racial equity leader, researcher, and advocate based in Chicago. As the Executive Director of Equal Hope, she plays a pivotal role in driving the organization's mission to promote health equity and eliminate disparities for historically marginalized communities through culturally competent interventions.

Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Dr. Thomas has a deep-rooted passion for promoting health equity. Her motivation stems from personal experiences within her own family, where she witnessed the impact of the healthcare system on their health outcomes. Driven by a desire to create positive change, Dr. Thomas has dedicated her career to promoting health through intersectionality and innovative strategies that improve access to care for under-resourced communities.

Dr. Thomas boasts an impressive academic background, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physiology from Grand Valley State University, a Master of Science Degree in Public Health Education from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD in Health Sciences from Northern Illinois University. Her doctorate research focused on the lived experiences of high-risk Black men exposed to community violence in Chicago, shedding light on their unique health challenges and behaviors.

Throughout her career, Dr. Thomas has actively led health equity initiatives across various sectors of the healthcare field. From working with Federally Qualified Health Centers to Managed Care Organizations, Quality Improvement Agencies, and Hospitals, she has consistently championed the cause of creating an equitable healthcare system for individuals of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Currently, Dr. Thomas is immersed in expanding Equal Hope's successful health equity model. Her focus includes increasing diversity and inclusion in clinical trials, as well as ensuring reproductive justice for women in Illinois. Alongside her professional endeavors, Dr. Thomas is also a proud wife and mother to three amazing children.

Dr. Paris Thomas continues to be an exemplary leader in the pursuit of health equity and a beacon of hope for marginalized communities. Her commitment to promoting equality in healthcare is evident in her strategic vision, research, and tireless efforts to improve the lives of others. With her expertise and passion, Dr. Thomas is making a significant impact on the journey towards a more equitable and inclusive healthcare system.