Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM
Clinical Residency Program Director
HealthPartners Occupational and Environmental MedicineAffiliate Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Zeke McKinney, MD, MHI, MPH, FACOEM is the OEM Residency Program Director at HealthPartners and manages the majority of OEM residents training during the HealthPartners OEM residency. He is the current President of Advocates for Better Health (formerly known as Twin Cities Medical Society) and is the immediate Past President of the Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association (CSOEMA). Dr. McKinney has expanded the OEM residency research activities and has numerous research grants, most notably of which includes work on a COVID-19 vaccine trial, for which the HealthPartners Institute is a site. Because of this COVID-19 vaccine trial work and being a Black male physician from the local area, Dr. McKinney spent much of the COVID-19 global pandemic working on providing good health communication and combating disinformation through partnering with community leaders to encourage public health protections for the pandemic; these efforts led to the development of a year-long community-based vaccine clinic at his barbershop in a primarily Black community, in addition to him and his barber being featured in public health advertising for COVID-19 vaccines for the Minnesota Department of Health. Through his health communication work, he has become one of the most prolific OEM physicians on social media in the United States. He has otherwise published and is working on multiple studies on occupational health disparities, firefighter health and safety issues, vaccine hesitancy and other topics. His clinical focus is on environmental – occupational or not – toxicologic exposures to dusts, chemicals, molds, or infectious agents, often leading to chronic and complex illnesses, for which his clinic is one of the small number with this unique focus in the United States.