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National Minority Health Month

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April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that continue to affect minority populations and encourage action through health education, early detection, and control of disease complications.

This page is dedicated to providing information on Downstate’s commitment to minority health, equity, access, and addressing disparities by highlighting activities over the past academic year. During the month of April, we’ll be building it out further with more information.

Please help us fully populate this page with information about people, community outreach, lectures, symposiums Grand Rounds (recorded zoom links welcome), research and grant funding. 

Submit your recommendations to ellen.watson@downstate.edu

Check back regularly to see what’s new!

 

Downstate College of Medicine Fourth Year Student Akya Myrie published editorial in the New York Daily News on the importance of diversifying New York’s Physician Workforce:

Spend a little on diversifying NYS doctors, reap big health rewards.

March 30th, 2021 | By Akya Myrie

 

Marlene Camacho-Rivera, SCD, MS, MPH, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health was appointed Assistant Dean for Student Engagement and Success for the School of Public Health in February 2021. Dr. Camacho-Rivera’s research focuses on designing community-engaged interventions to reduce chronic disease disparities in urban and racial and ethnic minority communities. Dr. Camacho Rivera was recently awarded a SUNY Prepare Innovation and Internship Program seed grant to conduct research on barriers to COVID-19 vaccination among high risk groups.

Camille A. Clare, M.D., MPH, was appointed Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, effective January 2021, and is leading Downstate’s efforts to improve access to key services for women and underserved populations in Brooklyn. Dr. Clare is a sought-after speaker for her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in obstetrics and gynecology and on national issue of addressing disparities in maternal healthcare and morbidity.

David Kaufman, Ph.D., FACMI, Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Health Professions, was awarded a grant of $895000 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund research on “Evaluating and Enhancing Health Informatics Technology for COVID-19 Response Workflow in a Specialized COVID-19 Hospital in a Medically Underserved Community.

W. Marcus Lambert, Ph.D., officially started April 1st as the Associate Vice President for Research Strategy and Operations. He is a nationally sought-after speaker on diversity in the scientific workforce and is contact PI on an NIH-funded initiative to increase the number of Ph.D. students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Wren Lester, Ph.D., Chief Experience Officer and Director of Patent Relations, was selected to join Press Ganey’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Client Advisory Council, reflecting her key role in driving these elements at University Hospital of Brooklyn, and insuring that patients receive compassionate, culturally sensitive care.

Seah H. Lim, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP, FACP, was appointed Division Chief of Hematology and Oncology at University Hospital of Brooklyn, effective August 3, 2020, and is helping to grow Downstate’s cancer care mission, including its precision cancer medicine program, which is critical to addressing cancer disparities in Brooklyn communities. He is also an expert in sickle cell, another disease that disproportionately affects our communities.

Brian K. McNeil, M.D., MBA, FACS, was appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Medicine in August 2020. Dr. McNeil, who as Urology Chief at UHB has worked to improve access to health care to vulnerable populations focusing on urologic care in medically underserved communities, now working to more broadly level the playing field by insuring that new generations of physicians are attuned to the need to serve underserved communities, especially in areas of concentrated poverty.

Downstate President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP, was appointed by Governor Cuomo to New York State’s Vaccine Equity Task Force in December 2020. The Task Force’s focus is to ensure thqt vulnerable and underserved communities are part of the stte’s vaccination program and enurse equitable distribution statewide.

Jameela J. Yuseff, M.D., MPH, MSHCDL, FACP, has been appointed Chief Medical Officer of Downstate’s University Hospital of Brooklyn, effective April 1st. A descendant of Guyanese immigrants who is strongly connected to the Central Brooklyn community, Dr. Yuseff is the first woman to hold this position in UHB’s history. Her vision includes addressing longstanding health disparities and advancing a culture of quality and safety.

Camille A. Clare, M.D., MPH, Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, moderated “Beyond Tuskegee: COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence and Equity” a panel for physicians and the community on March 30, sponsored by the Provident Clinical Society, a local affiliate of the National Medical Association.

Allen Lewis, Ph.D., CRC, Dean and Professor of the School of Health Professions, launched “The SOHP’s Dean’s Lecture Series on Culture,” with the goal of improving health outcomes within the culturally diverse and vulnerable populations that Downstate serves.

Christina Pardo, M.D., MPH, Assistant Professor and Director of Health Equity in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who has been a leading campus voice in the fight for racial equity in maternal health, received an Honor and Merit award from the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti for her support and well being of the Haitian community on March 8th. Last year, Dr. Pardo was featured by PIX 11 News in its spotlight on “Birthing While Black.”

Moro Salifu, M.D., MBA, MPH, MACP, Professor and Chair of Medicine, delivered the keynote at the 31st Annual Symposium of the Greater New York Hospital Association, presenting on ghe COVID-19 response and how the epidemic has affected minority populations.

Teresa Smith, M.D., Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Affiliations and Designated Institutional Official participated in a podcast with the Greater New York Hospital Association to share the GME perspective during the pandemic.

The School of Public Health hosted “COVID-19 Risk and Health Equity: Public Health Perspectives from Brooklyn,” on April 6, to discuss the evolving community experience in the covid-19 era. The discussion was moderated by Lori Hoepner, Dr. PH, MPH, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, and W. Marcus Lambert, Ph.D., Associate VP of Research Strategy and Operations.

Downstate’s Sixth Annual Cancer Health Disparities Symposium on March 5 addressed the roles healthcare providers, scientists and community groups can play in mitigating the cancer health disparities in communities of color.

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health recognized Dr. Anthony Fauci for his leadership on COVID-19 and posthumously honored James A. Mahoney, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, who put his life on the line to join other first responders in providing critical care to our most vulnerable patient communities during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020, during its annual gala on October 14th.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine, in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, relaunched its Maternal Care Services at two sites: the Family Practice site in Suite B, and the Family Health Services at 840 Lefferts Avenue to help bridge disparities gaps in prenatal care.

Downstate’s Special Treatment and Researh (STAR) Program launched the #FasterThan campaign, a new marketing campaign to raise awareness about the hepatitis C virus, to promote testing for this illness.

President’s Multidisciplinary Investigator Seminar (PREMIS) Series: “A Conversation with Dr. David Satcher: Notes on Learning While Leading,” was held on December 9, 2020.

"A Conversation with Richard Rothstein: The Color of Law” was held on October 22, 2020

Research Day is an annual event sponsored by the School of Graduate Studies. This year it will be held virtually. Of the 300 plus presentations, quite a few focus on minority health, disparities, and equity, as detailed below, and encompass a broad range of Downstate Schools, Colleges, Departments, and programs.

Name(s) - Click for Presentation

Department/School

Advisor, Department

Classification

Title - Click for Abstract

Samara Skwiersky

Resident Internal Medicine PGY2

MaryAnn Banerji, Endocrinology

Clinical Research

Sugar Is Not Always Sweet: Exploring the Relationship Between Hyperglycemia and COVID-19 in a Predominantly African American Population

Ahmed Badran

Resident Pediatric endocrinology PGY6

Vivian Chin, Pediatric endocrinology

Clinical Research

Hyperglycemic Emergencies in Minority Children with Diabetes

Mariam Majzoub

Resident Allergy and Immunology PGY5

Rauno Joks, Allergy and Immunology

Clinical Research

Risk Factors for Mortality from COVID-19 in a New York Inner city Epicenter

Pakinam Mekki

College of Medicine Student

Jason Lazar, Cardiology

Clinical Research

Nocturia and Electrocardiographic Abnormalities Among Patients at An Inner-City Cardiology Clinic

Jannat Ara

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

Unemployment and Shared Decision Making in an Inner-city Population of Dialysis and Kidney Transplant Patients

Jannat Ara

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward a COVID-19 vaccine in an Inner-City Patient Population

Lauren Gruffi

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

Attitudes Towards Healthcare and the COVID19 Vaccine in an Inner-City Population of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Family Medicine (FM) Patients

Lauren Gruffi

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

Attitudes Towards Policing in Inner-City Population of CKD, Dialysis, Kidney Transplant, and Family Medicine Patients

Stefan Hamaway

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

The Impact of Comorbidities, Stress, and the COVID-19 Pandemic on Male Sexual Health in an Inner-City Patient Population with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

Lawrence Langan

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Clinical Research

Differences of Beliefs, Knowledge and Practices Regarding COVID19 in Older vs Younger Inner-city Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or Kidney Transplant (KTx)

Nicolle Siegart

College of Medicine Student

Crystal Marquez, Family Medicine

Clinical Research

Development of a Social Determinants of Health screening protocol during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Christina Ellison

College of Medicine Student

Christina Pardo, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Clinical Research

Assessing social determinants of health among obstetric patients in Brooklyn during the COVID-19 pandemic

Myanna Olsen

College of Medicine Student

Christina Pardo, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Clinical Research

Comparison of Socioeconomic Needs between Pregnant and non-Pregnant patients in a Low-Resource Neighborhood During Covid-19

John Hordines

College of Medicine Student

Andrew Winer, Urology

Clinical Research

Role of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis in Men of African Descent

So Yeon Pak and Omran Gdara

College of Medicine Student

Andrew Winer, Urology

Clinical Research

The Role of Genomic Testing to Guide Active Surveillance Strategies for Black Men with Low and Intermediate Risk Prostate Cancer

 

 

 

 

 

Zhou Fang

School of Graduate Studies - Molecular & Cellular Biology Student

Ming Zhang, Anesthesiology and Cell Biology

Clinical Research

Abnormal C5 production and activation contributes to the mortality of COVID-19 patients

Ernie Cote

School of Graduate Studies - Neural & Behavioral Science Student

Juan Marcos Alarcon, Pathology

Neural & Behavioral Science

Impacts of Early Life Stress on the Neurobiology of Depression

Jeremy Levit

College of Medicine Student

Michele Pato, Psychiatry

Neural & Behavioral Science

Childhood adversity and psychotic experiences among ethnic minorities with schizophrenia

Amauri Gomez

Bridges to Medicine Masters of Physiology

Mary Valmont , Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

Other - Education

COVID-19 Reveals Educational Inequalities of Distance Learning Experiences and First-Year College Enrollment for Black High School Seniors

Michele Waldman, Kendall Berry, Tara DeRosa and Karen Kachko

College of Health Related Professions Student

Krystal Brewington, Occupational Therapy

Other - Needs Assessment

Implementation of a Service Learning Occupational Therapy Program in Nicaragua

Ryan Doherty, Clinton Akalonu, Nathalie Cadacio and Samra Qadeer

College of Health Related Professions Student

Vikram Pagpatan, Occupational Therapy

Other - Needs Assessment/Program Development

Occupational Therapy Program Development for SUNY Downstate's Student-Run Free Clinic

Gabrielle Estevez-Inoa

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, College of Medicine

Other - Nutrition

Dietary Changes After the Covid19 Pandemic in Inner-City Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Kidney Transplant (KTx) Patients: Lower Caloric and Protein Intake

Alzina Fok, Akilina Belskaya, Liana Buchinsky, Elizabeth Carey and Michelle Wu

College of Health Related Professions Student

Nancy Kline, Occupational Therapy Department

Other - Occupational Therapy Research

Leadership in Occupational Therapy: Influencers of the Field

Evan McNeil

Hunter College / SUNY Downstate Summer Program in Translational Disparities and Community Engaged Research Program (SPRINTER)

Tina Adjei-Bosompem, Office of Diversity Education and Research

Public Health

Economic Stability and COVID-19: Through the lens of NYC

Wajiha Kazmi

College of Medicine Student

Carla Boutin Foster, Office of Diversity Education and Research

Public Health

The Brooklyn United to Improve Lifestyle Management in Diabetes (BUILD) Toolkit: Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Develop and Evaluate Diabetes Self-management Educational Material

Michel Josaphat Michel

School of Public Heath Student

Carla Boutin-Foster, Office of Diversity Education and Research

Public Health

Social Interactions and Mental Health Impact during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of the COVID-19 Impact Survey

Timineri Yaboh

Research Assistant Coordinator for Dr. Boutin-Foster

Carla Boutin-Foster, Office of Diversity Education and Research

Public Health

Workforce disruption and the mental health impact during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of the COVID-19 Impact Survey

Lynna Zhong

College of Medicine Student

Carla Boutin-Foster, Associate Dean, Office of Diversity Education and Research

Public Health

“I want to feel good about myself”: Motivations for Weight Loss Among Black Women Enrolled in a Pilot Weight Loss Intervention in Brooklyn, NY.

Chris Ramirez

College of Medicine Student

Eugene Dinkevich, Pediatrics

Public Health

Gender differences in depression prevalence before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in a  predominantly Black Adolescent/Young Adult population

Amarachi Uwaga

College of Medicine Student

Eugene Dinkevich, Pediatrics

Public Health

Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic On Obesity Risk in High Risk Youth In Brooklyn: A Pilot Study

Alexander Hall

College of Medicine Student

Ellen Ginzler, Medicine

Public Health

Identifying COVID-19 infection rates and outcomes in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

Alecia James

School of Public Heath Student

Michael A. Joseph, Mailman SPH, Columbia University

Public Health

Increased Odds of Diabetes in Obese Black New Yorkers: Findings from the 2018 New York City Community Health Survey (CHS)

Basim Ahmad

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Public Health

Perceptions of Inner-City Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Kidney Transplant (KTx) Patients on Colorectal Cancer (CRC) and Colonoscopy

Alexander Imas

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Public Health

Beliefs Concerning the COVID-19 Vaccine in an Inner-City Dialysis Population

Galina Udod

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Public Health

The Association Between Complementary Medicine (CAM) Use and COVID19 Perceptions in Inner-City Kidney Patients

Galina Udod

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Nephrology

Public Health

Confidence in COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines Among Inner-City Nephrology Patients

Jacob Gaines

College of Medicine Student

John Shields, Urology

Public Health

Understanding of dietary modification for kidney stone prophylaxis in an Afro-Caribbean Population

Maisam Begum

School of Public Heath Student

Tonya Taylor, College of Medicine

Public Health

COVID-19 and Food Insecurity

Marco Stillo

School of Public Heath Student

Tonya Taylor, College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, and the Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program

Public Health

Urgent Needs among Vulnerable Populations; A Baseline Analysis of the SUNY Downstate COVID-19 Cohort Study

Marco Stillo

School of Public Heath Student

Tonya Taylor, College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, and the Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program

Public Health

Social Determinants of Health and Isolation; A Baseline Analysis of the SUNY Downstate COVID-19 Cohort Study

Marline Attallah

School of Public Heath Student

Tonya Taylor, College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, and the Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program

Public Health

COVID-19 and its impact on Health care reach among different ethnic groups.

Tonya Taylor

Assistant Professor, COM/ID and STAR Program

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Quality Improvement

The COVID Cohort Study (CCS)

Vivienne Au

College of Medicine Student

Jean Eloy, Otolaryngology, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ

Quality Improvement

Effect of Operative Time on Complications following Thyroidectomy for Thyroid Cancer

Venkatesh Sabhae Gangadharappa

Resident Allergy and Immunology PGY5

Rauno Joks, Medicine

Quality Improvement

Influenza Vaccination of Brooklyn Residents Questionnaire

Danielle Akinsanmi

Resident Pediatrics PGY2

Saema Khandakar, Kings County Department of Pediatrics

Quality Improvement

Addressing Food Insecurity during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Quality Improvement Project

Khaleda Akter

Resident Medicine PGY2

Melissa Lee, King County Adult Primary Care Department

Quality Improvement

Breaking Sad: Improving Chronic Illness Through The Impact Collaborative Care Model For Management of Depression In An Urban Underserved Primary Care Practice

Siavash Ganjbakhsh

Resident Family Medicine PGY3

Richard Sadovsky, Family Medicine

Quality Improvement

Would a provider-performed PHQ-2 followed by a PHQ-9 improve detection of depression during the pandemic in a clinic at an Urban University Hospital Based Family Practice Center?

Darren Bodkin

Resident Pediatrics PGY3

Rizwana Shams, Pediatrics

Quality Improvement

Making Breastfeeding Matter Mother Infant Dyad Education and Support in the Ambulatory Clinic

Davinder Chima

Resident Psychiatry PGY5

Cathryn Galanter, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Social Research

Sleep Trouble in Children of Parents at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross Sectional Survey

Michael Goldberg

College of Medicine Student

Mariana Markell, Department of Nephrology

Social Research

The Impact of COVID-19 on Grocery Shopping Habits and Social Distancing Attitudes in an Inner-city CKD Patient Population

 


Check Out Some of Our Websites Dedicated Minority Health, Diversity, and Inclusion:

Office of Diversity Education and Research

Diversity Education & Research

Graduate Medical Education: Diversity Equity and Inclusion Couuncil – Current Projects

SUNY Downstate GME - Current Projects


View the Official U.S. National Office of Minority Health Campaign.