Women at the Helm: Closing the Health Disparities Gap for Women and Their Families

Women at the Helm

Thursday, May 6, 12:00-1:30pm (via Zoom)

Women at the Helm: Closing the Health Disparities Gap for Women and Their Families  

Women's leadership matters! Women have been at the helm and on the frontline, leading the fight against COVID-19. Women’s leadership brought a profound understanding of the adverse social determinants of health that exacerbated the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and their families. Their leadership brought innovation, creativity, and resolve; elements that are critical to crisis leadership. In this mini conference, women leaders showcase how they advanced health equity through spearheading bold government and community responses to the crisis. The conference will highlight initiatives that women leaders in government and in the community launched to address the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on women and their families. Click here to register.


Donna Frescatore, State Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Health

Speakers and Moderators:

Wilma Alvarado-Little, Director, Office of Minority Health Disparities Prevention

Jammella Anderson, Founder, Free Food Fridge Albany  

Honorable Dr. Dorcey Applyrs, Chief Auditor, City of Albany  

Dr. Shai Butler, Vice President for Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Saint Rose  

Karen Carpenter Palumbo, President & CEO, Vanderheyden, Inc.

Honorable Aileen Gunther, New York State Assembly

Gwen Wright, Candidate, Rensselaer County Executive

Sponsored By:

Center for Women in Government and Civil Society

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy


State Academy for Public Administration (SAPA), CapitalWomen, League of Women Voters

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