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Section for Health Equity Dissemination Health Disparities Symposium

Health Disparities Symposium

NYU Langone’s Section for Health Equity, in collaboration with NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Department of Population Health, Office of Diversity Affairs, and the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center, sponsors the annual Health Disparities Symposium. The symposium features a keynote address; a series of short, engaging talks on the work being done to address health disparities and to achieve health equity; a panel discussion on controversies in population health; a listening session on community perspectives of research; and a poster session and awards ceremony.

The 2021 event was held virtually from October 19 through October 22, and offered continuing medical education (CME) and continuing nursing education (CNE) credits free of charge to all participants.

Looking Back to Leap Forward

Each year the symposium aims to highlight the current state of health disparities through the lens of a specific theme. The 2021 conference theme was “Looking Back to Leap Forward.” Conference topics explored policy, systems, and institutional change; collaborations and engagement with communities; pathway programs for underrepresented minorities in medicine; COVID-19 vaccination; environmental justice; climate change; and mental health.

More than 520 attendees joined from across the country, including faculty, staff, students, health providers, community health workers, and representatives from community-based organizations, healthcare facilities, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

VIDEO: Our 2021 Health Disparities Symposium featured speakers addressing a broad range of topics related to health disparities and health equity.

The keynote address was given by Dr. George A. Mensah, director of the Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about the presenters for our 2021 symposium.

The symposium also featured poster presentations, with awards given in the following categories.

Best Community-Based Organization Research Poster

Keith Chu, MD, MPH
Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
“Provider Barriers to Insulin Prescribing at a Community Health Center Network in Brooklyn, New York”

Best Student Research Poster

Gabriella Meltzer
NYU School of Global Public Health
“Associations Between COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Socio-Spatial Factors in New York City Transit Workers 50 Years and Older”

Best Programmatic or Research Staff Research Poster

Amin Yakubov, MPH
NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center
“Prescreening as a Tool for Increasing Oncology Trial Enrollment”

Best Postdoctoral Fellow or Faculty Research Poster

Perla Chebli
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
“A Community-Academic Partnership to Explore and Address Cancer Disparities in Southwest Chicago Arab Americans”


The agenda for our 2021 symposium featured the following presentations.

Tuesday, October 19

Welcome and Keynote: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Initiatives to Advance Health Equity: Looking Back to Leap Forward

Infusing Equity into Institutions Through Pipeline Programs: Past, Present, and Future

Wednesday, October 20

Listening and Learning: Advancing Vaccine Equity Through the New York Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (NYCEAL)

Fostering Authentic Community-Academic Partnerships That Use Science to Address Environmental Harm and Injustice

Thursday, October 21

Controversies in Population Health Panel: The Role of Health Systems in Responding to Climate Change Health Disparities

Meeting the Community Where They Are: Community-Centered Strategies to Address Mental Health During the Pandemic and Beyond

Friday, October 22

Poster Sessions