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2021: Health Disparities in the World of COVID-19 and Going Forward
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Virtual Keynote Features National Expert on Equity & Health Issues, Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

From Exposure to Vaccination: The Role of Structural Racism in COVID Inequities

Event Held On: April 30, 2021, 11:15 A.M. to 12 P.M.

Our keynote speaker is Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, who is a national expert on equity and health issues.  He is dean and Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  

Dr. LaVeist has focused on social and behavioral factors influencing racial differences in health outcomes and quality of life for African Americans. He is the director and executive producer of “The Skin You’re In,” a documentary series about racial inequalities in health. He is also author of six books including “Minority Population and Health: An introduction to health disparities in the United States” (the first text book on health disparities).

An award-winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

Keynote Speaker

Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist
Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist

Dean & Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity

School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine

Tulane University

Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D. was appointed dean of the Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2018. Previous to that he served as chairman of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University (GWU), Milken Institute School of Public Health. He joined GWU after 25 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the William & Nancy Richardson Professor in Health Policy and Founding Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, his doctorate degree from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral studies in gerontology and Health Management & Policy at the Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. LaVeist’s research focuses on health equity, having conducted major studies of cultural competency in healthcare, social determinants of health, and health policy analysis. In addition to his extensive record of publication in scientific journals, he has written for Newsweek Magazine, Baltimore Sun and other mass media outlets. He has authored or edited six books, and is executive producer, and narrator for THE SKIN YOU’RE IN, a documentary series about racial inequalities in health that is currently in production.

His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control, Department of Defense, Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sage Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research. He is the recipient of the “Innovation Award” from the National Institutes of Health, and the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. In 2013 he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine.

Thomas LaVeist is dean of the Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He has an extensive record of publication in scientific journals as well as numerous mass media outlets, and is director and executive producer of “The Skin You’re In,” documentary series about racial inequalities in health. He is also author of six books including “Minority Population and Health: An introduction to health disparities in the United States” (the first text book on health disparities). An award winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the “Innovation Award” from National Institutes of Health, the “Knowledge Award” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

Forum Participants

Leaders

Havidán Rodríguez
President
University at Albany
State University of New York

Lawrence Schell
Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities
Distinguished Professor
Anthropology
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
University at Albany
State University of New York

James A. Dias
Vice President for Research
Executive Council
University at Albany
State University of New York

Moro Salifu
Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center
Chair and Professor of Medicine
The Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology
Chief, Division of Nephrology
Director of the Kidney Transplant Program
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Daryll C. Dykes
Chief Diversity Officer at Upstate Medical University
Assistant Professor of Diversity and Inclusion
Upstate Medical University

Theresa A. Pardo
Special Assistant to the President
Associate Vice President for Research
Research Professor
Public Administration & Policy
International Affairs
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany, State University of New York

Wilma Alvarado-Little
Associate Commissioner
New York State Department of Health
Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention

 

Panelists and Speakers

Ladan Alomar
Former Executive Director
Centro Civico, Inc

Hayward Derrick Horton
Professor
Sociology
University at Albany
State University of New York

Gregory Owens
Convener, Albany Minority Health Task Force
Coordinator: The Rev. Leonard D. Comithier,  Jr. Institute
Retired, Deputy Commissioner/Director of the Office of Youth Justice with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

Katheryn Roberson
Fellow, Health Disparities Research Training Program
Psychology Extern at Children's Hospital of New York
Advanced Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology

Simone A Seward
Fellow, Health Disparities Research Training Program
Staff Associate of Student Affairs
Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Upstate Medical University

 

Facilitators

Name

Title

Organization

Rukhsana Ahmed Associate Professor and Department Chair, Communication University at Albany, State University of New York
Rownoka Ashakhan Student Assistant, Student Organization Resource Center University at Albany, State University of New York
Heather Bennett Executive Director NY Chapter American College of Physicians
Guthrie Birkhead Professor Emeritus, School of Public Health University at Albany, State University of New York
Christine T. Bozlak Associate Professor, Health Policy, Management and Behavior University at Albany, State University of New York
Lauren Bushnell Student University at Albany, State University of New York
Melissa Carr Rowe Director of Operations Upstate Medical University College of Nursing
Jack DeHovitz Distinguished Service Professor SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Winsome Foderingham Foundation Relations University at Albany, State University of New York
Ashley M. Fox Associate Professor, Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs University at Albany, State University of New York
Shirley Girouard GWEP Co-director SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Annis Golden Associate Professor, Communication University at Albany, State University of New York
Rebecca Greenblatt Assistant Professor SUNY Upstate Medical University
Marcus Lambert Associate Vice President for Research Strategy and Operations SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Jennifer Manganello Professor, Health Policy, Management and Behavior University at Albany, State University of New York
Matthew Matsaganis Associate Professor Rutgers University
Lakia Maxwell Research Assistant SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Tom McPheeters Convener at South End Community Collaborative AVillage...,  Inc.
Christopher P Morley Professor & Chair, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine SUNY Upstate Medical University
Butho Ncube Epidemiologist New York State Department of Health
Alex L. Pieterse Associate Professor & Doctoral Training, Director, Counseling Psychology, Educational & Counseling Psychology, School of Education University at Albany, State University of New York
Dina Refki Clinical Associate Professor and Executive Director, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society University at Albany, State University of New York
Amy Rockferry Researcher SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Patrick Romain Senior Academic Advisor/EOP Counselor, Office of Academic Support Services, EOP University at Albany, State University of New York
Pamela D. Straker Psychologist, Life/Business Coach, Author, Speaker SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Kate W. Strully Associate Professor, Sociology University at Albany, State University of New York
Brian Thompson Physician SUNY Upstate Medical University
Elizabeth Vásquez Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics University at Albany, State University of New York
Jessica Wenger Graduate Assistant University at Albany, State University of New York
Dwight Williams Clinical Professor, SPH University at Albany, State University of New York
Tracey E. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor, School of Public Health SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
Agenda

President’s Forum on Health Disparities: Health Disparities in the World of Covid-19 and Going Forward 

An NIH/NIMHD S21 Endowment Sponsored Event

Virtual Event on Zoom 

April 30th, 2021 11:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

Jointly hosted by the University at Albany/Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities; SUNY Upstate Medical University; and SUNY Downstate Medical University /Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. 

 

Agenda
11:00 AM - 11:19 AM 

Welcome and Introductions & UA-Downstate-Upstate Partnership on Health Disparities 

Lawrence Schell, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

Havidán Rodríguez, President, University at Albany, State University of New York

James A. Dias, Vice President for Research, University at Albany, State University of New York

Moro Salifu, Director, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, Chair and Professor of Medicine, The Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology, Chief, Division of Nephrology, Director of the Kidney Transplant Program, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Daryll C. Dykes, Assistant Professor, Diversity and Inclusion, Upstate Medical University

11:20 AM - 11:22 PM

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker

Lawrence Schell, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

11:23 AM – 12:00 PM 

Keynote: From Exposure to Vaccination: The Role of Structural Racism in COVID Inequities 

Thomas A. LaVeist, Dean & Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

12:01 PM – 12:07 PM

Introduction to Reaction Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Lawrence Schell, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

12:08 PM – 12:45 PM 

Reaction Panel:

  • Hayward Derrick Horton, Professor, Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York

  • Ladan Alomar, Former Executive Director, Centro Civico, Inc

  • Daryll C. Dykes, Chief Diversity Officer, Upstate Medical University; Assistant Professor of Diversity and Inclusion, Upstate Medical University

  • Katheryn Roberson, Fellow, Health Disparities Research Training Program; Advanced Doctoral student in Counseling Psychology; Psychology Extern at Children's Hospital of New York;

12:46 PM - 12:52 PM

Introduction to Relationship Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Lawrence Schell, Director, Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

12:53 PM – 1:18 PM

Relationship Panel: Government, Community and University

  • Gregory Owens, Convener, Albany Minority Health Task Force; Coordinator, The Rev. Leonard D. Comithier, Jr. Institute; Retired, Deputy Commissioner/Director of the Office of Youth Justice with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.

  • Theresa A. Pardo, Special Assistant to the President; Associate Vice President for Research; Research Professor, Public Administration & Policy, International Affairs, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York

  • Simone A Seward, Fellow, Health Disparities Research Training Program; Staff Associate of Student Affairs, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Upstate Medical University

  • Wilma Alvarado-Little, Associate Commissioner, New York State Department of Health, Director, Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities Prevention

1:19 PM - 1:28 PM

Breakout Introduction & Directions 

1:29 PM - 1:33 PM

Virtual Break 

1:34 PM - 2:18 PM

Simultaneous Breakout Sessions 

The breakout sessions will serve several purposes:  they will build awareness among participants of ongoing research across the campuses; provide an opportunity to meet potential collaborators; and to define critical issues for research going forward.

We expect each breakout to identify ONE or TWO high priority issues that can be reported at the Forum closing. 

  1. Role of Community Partnerships: Covid-19 and After
  2. Vaccination and Trust
  3. Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health in Families and Persons
  4. Health Communication, the Digital Divide and Messaging on Covid 19
2:18 PM - 2:20 PM

Closing Remark

2021 President's Forum on Health Disparities "Health Disparities in the World of COVID-19 and Going Forward"