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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2019
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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University To Host “Legacy of Arthur Ashe in The 21st Century” Memorial Lecture

Fordham University Professor Dr. Christina Greer to Present 27th Annual Lecture Honoring Arthur Ashe’s Mission to End Disparities in Medicine

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (December 3, 2019) – The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University will host the “Legacy of Arthur Ashe in the 21st Century” lecture tomorrow, Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

This is the 27th annual event held to honor Ashe’s leadership in fighting disparities in health care.

The lecture will be presented by Dr. Christina Greer, an Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies at Fordham University and outspoken advocate in the fight to end racial disparities in health care and in all public services. This year’s lecture will specifically address how the ongoing work of medical professionals, educators, advocates and public officials must shift to meet the unique needs of both patients and students in the modern healthcare ecosystem.

Dr. Greer – the 2018 Fellow for the McSilver Institute for Policy at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and recipient of the 2018 Fordham University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching ­– conducts critical research centered on racial and ethnic politics.

The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health was founded by Arthur Ashe in 1992, just two months before his death, to address longstanding gaps in health care services and education for communities of color, and has helped foster critical research and awareness partnerships to improve health care both across New York City and nationwide.

WHAT: 27th Annual Memorial Lecture to Honor Arthur Ashe’s Legacy & Ongoing Work To End Disparities In Health Care 

WHO: Dr. Christina Greer, Associate Professor at Fordham University
           Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate         

WHEN:  Wednesday December 4, 2019
               10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
               (Lunch will be served)

WHERE: Downstate Health Sciences University,
                School of Public Health Academic Building
                450 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203

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About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit www.downstate.edu or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.