Brief bio


Dr. Anita Ravi is a board-certified family physician, public health researcher and co-founder of the PurpLE Health Foundation. The Foundation is based on Dr. Ravi’s work creating and operating the PurpLE (Purpose: Listen and Engage) Clinic at the Institute for Family Health in New York City.  The clinic, founded in 2015, was designed to provide long-term medical care for people who have experienced human trafficking and individuals impacted by other forms of trauma, including sexual assault and domestic violence. in four years, PurpLE clinic served over 300 patients and earned national recognition for its pioneering work in healthcare delivery for survivors of human trafficking.  fueled by the lessons learned from the PurpLE Clinic,  Dr. Ravi and her colleagues launched the purple health foundation to create a  "purple model" of healthcare delivery outside of the traditional healthcare system, for women and girls who have experienced gender-based violence.  Dr. Ravi received the 2016 Family Medicine Education Consortium’s “Emerging Leader” Award and she regularly draws, writes and speaks at events across the country on how the health care system must radically adapt to meet the needs of survivors of trafficking and other forms of gender based violence.

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Dr. Ravi’s advocacy work includes serving as the vice chair of the American Medical Association’s Womens Physician Section Governing Council and is a board member of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians. She also conducts forensic examinations for people seeking asylum and facilitates health education workshops in correctional settings and in collaboration with community based organizations for people who have experienced homelessness,  incarceration and/or trafficking.


Dr. Ravi is a graduate of Washington University in St.Louis, received her Medical Degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, her Masters in Public Health from Yale University and her Masters in Health Policy research from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program.

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