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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, and Office of Diversity Affairs, 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 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.

Poster Presentation Awards

The symposium ended with the presentation of four awards to the following posters representing excellence in their respective categories.  

Community-Based Organization Category

Presenter: Shannon Ciprut
Poster: “Randomized Trial of Community Health Worker-Led Decision Coaching to Promote Screening Decision-Making for Prostate Cancer Screening among Black Male Patients and their Providers”
Authors: Danil Makarov, Angie Fagerlin, Shannon Ciprut, Natalia Martinez-Lopez, Jerry Thomas, David Brown, Marissa Toussaint, Huilin Li, Michele Shedlin, Heather Gold, Rueben Warren, Peter Ubel, Joseph Ravenell

Post-Doctoral Fellow/Faculty Category

Presenter: Alexandra Ursache
Poster: “Sleep Health is Associated with Observed Classroom Behavior and Academic Achievement among Children of Color from Historically Disinvested Neighborhoods”
Authors: Alexandra Ursache, Rebecca Robbins, Alicia Chung, Spring Dawson-McClure, Dimitra Kamboukos, Esther Calzada, Girardin Jean-Louis, Laurie Miller Brotman

Programmatic or Research Staff Category

Presenter: Krina Shah
Poster: “Health Disparities and a Local Native American Nation: A Toxic Legacy Continues”
Authors: Krina Shah, Gabriella Meltzer, Judith Zelikoff

Student Category

Presenter: Yonathan Ararso
Poster: “Using Point-of-Care HbA1c Testing to Identify Black and African-American Men with Undiagnosed Diabetes and Prediabetes in Communities with Poor Glycemic Control”
Authors: Yonathan Ararso, Marcela Osorio, Joseph Ravenell, Mary Sevick, Loria Young, Kevin Mai, David Brown, Stephen Wall, David Lee