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Section for Health Equity 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 talk (past speakers include Donna Lieberman, JD, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene); 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 event will be held virtually in 2020 over the course of October 13 through 16. For the first time, we will also be offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits free of charge to all participants.

Turning Research Into Action

Each year, the event aims to highlight the current state of health disparities through the lens of a specific theme. This year’s conference theme will focus on how we turn “Research Into Action.” As the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has unfolded in the backdrop of continued structural racism faced by communities of color, it is more critical than ever before that research uncovering inequities in health is disseminated, translated, and actionable. The conference will explore how various institutions turn research into action. Conference topics will explore a variety of health inequalities, and speakers will be encouraged to address the ways in which COVID-19 has highlighted structural inequities that have existed across time.

After participating in this activity, attendees should be able to do the following:

  1. Define social determinants of health and explain how they contribute to health disparities
  2. Identify linkage models and the benefits to patients of linkages between physician practices and community resources
  3. Describe the ways research and data have been used to take action

We invite you to view the event agenda. Please note that additional speakers are being confirmed.

Please register for the event at our dedicated CME page. Please note that attendees are not required to attend all sessions.

CME Accreditation Statement

The NYU Grossman School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The NYU Grossman School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is provided by NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

The Politics of Health, Disparities, and Equity

The 2019 symposium, titled “The Politics of Health, Disparities, and Equity,” was our largest yet, attended by over 300 individuals, including faculty, staff, students, health providers, community health workers, and representatives from community-based organizations, health care facilities, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Marisa Raphael of Planned Parenthood provided the keynote address, the story of her personal and professional health equity journey, and offered an overview of social determinants of health, structural inequities, different types of racism, and the work public health practitioners can do at the individual, institutional, and structural levels to achieve health equity.

The keynote was followed by four talks focused on the role of politics and social movements in reducing racial health disparities; service provision to survivors of torture and other forced migrants; stigma, discrimination, and disparities among people who use drugs; and challenges and responses to immigrant healthcare access. Next was a panel discussion featuring four New York City-based Clinical and Translational Science Institutes (CTSIs) on “Building Community Power through Research: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Community-Academic Partnerships in New York City.”

Following the panel was a poster session, including a “slam” session in which representatives for the top-scoring poster abstracts were given the opportunity to present their poster on the conference stage for three minutes each. Finally, during the Controversies in Population Health Panel, diverse perspectives were provided on the role of public health insurance expansion in addressing health disparities.