Originally from Miami, Florida, Chanelle Diaz attended Williams College where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. While earning her
MD/MPH from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, she was actively involved in harm-reduction advocacy work, including co-founding
the Florida Needle Exchange Initiative and co-authoring a study on the cost of injection drug use to Miami’s safety net hospital. The study was highly influential and effective in supporting the Infectious Disease Elimination Act, legislation which led to the establishment of Miami’s first pilot syringe exchange program. She is currently completing residency in Primary Care and Social Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. Chanelle is interested in using health care to promote social justice and human dignity, with a focus on immigrant health. Currently she's focused on training physicians to provide immigration
detention evaluations, developing sanctuary clinic and hospital policies, and advocating for improved access to health care for undocumented patients.