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Section for Health Equity Health Disparities Symposium

Health Disparities Symposium

NYU Langone’s Section for Health Equity is pleased to announce our Fifth Annual Health Disparities Symposium on Thursday, October 24, 2019, co-sponsored by NYU Langone’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Department of Population Health, and Office of Diversity Affairs.

The symposium will feature 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. A full agenda will be posted here soon.

We invite you to join us by registering for the 2019 Health Disparities Symposium.

The symposium is held each fall and includes presentations of new research. Our goal is to provide a forum for community members and researchers to share resources and information on the subject.

At the symposium, you have the opportunity to connect with faculty, staff, students, clinicians, community partners, policy makers, healthcare systems, funders, and industry and private sector organizations; spark interdisciplinary collaborations; and find out about research opportunities.

The daylong Health Disparities Symposium includes many presentations and discussions, including the following:

  • 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)
  • short presentations of research and programs related to health disparities and health equity, covering topics such as immigration, incarceration, transgender health, and advocacy
  • a panel discussion on a current controversy in population health
  • a listening session with the community about current research
  • a poster session and awards ceremony

2018 Symposium Highlights

With support from Google, we hosted NYU Langone’s Fourth Annual Health Disparities Day Symposium on October 24, 2018. The event was attended by approximately 300 people, including faculty, staff, students, health providers, community health workers, and representatives from community-based organizations, healthcare facilities, and New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Jarrett Adams, Esq., provided the morning keynote address, telling the story of his wrongful conviction and exoneration, and the connection between mental health and the justice-involved population. The keynote was followed by four “mini-talks” focused on mass shootings, HIV, services for the justice-involved, and the homeless.

Next was a panel on “Communities Holding Institutions Accountable for Advancing Health Equity: Best Practices in Partnerships.” The panel was followed by a poster session, which for the first time included a flash session in which those with the top scoring poster abstracts were given the opportunity to present their poster on the conference stage for three minutes each. During the Controversies in Population Health Panel, a lawyer, researchers, and clinicians presented diverse perspectives on how to mitigate the opioid crisis.

Poster Presentation Awards

The day ended with the presentation of four awards to the following individuals for their excellent poster presentations.

Community-Based Organization Category

Lessons Learned from a Qualitative Evaluation of a Bilingual Parent Training for Chinese Parents of Children with Special Healthcare Needs
Presenters: Matthew Chin and Pauline Sikat, Charles B. Wang Community Health Center

Postdoctoral Fellow/Faculty Category

Targeting Obesity and Hypertension by Using a Shared Decision Making Model to Improve Sleep Quality in Minority, High-Risk Patients
Presenters: Humberto Mendoza, Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Research Fellow, and Zerremi Caga-anan, NYC Health + Hospitals, Lincoln Center for Clinical and Community Research

Programmatic or Research Staff

Lead Poisoning Prevention in New York City’s South Asian Community
Presenter: Kolapo Alex-Oni, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Examining Chinese and Korean Americans’ Beliefs Toward Organ Donation to Inform the Development of Culturally and Ethnically Tailored Educational Materials
Presenter: Tiffany Cheng, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago