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Lecture Series & Seminars

Health Disparities Grand Rounds Lecture


Dr. Marilyn Fraser, the CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the PI of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center co-sponsored a talk with the Office of Diversity Education and Research on health disparities during Otolaryngology Grand Rounds.
Dr. Fraser provided a brief overview of health disparities and social determinants of health with examples of conditions facing a high prevalence of disparities. She also discussed the measurement of disparities and tangible solutions for decreasing disparities through community engagement, research, and education.


Pride Club Activities


In November of 2017, Downstate’s PRIDE club hosted a Queer Peer Panel discussion during the annual Sex In Medicine Week. Four students of different identities on the gender and sexuality spectra answered questions that were submitted anonymously from those attending the event. Topics included the individual instances of subjective, conscious LGBT experience and how these identities impact healthcare professions.


PRIDE club has also been working with their faculty advisor, Dr. Merlino, to plan a Lavender graduation ceremony in the Spring of 2018 as well as the continuation of Dr. Merlino's LGBT mentoring group--which is open to the entire Downstate community. The PRIDE club continues to work with faculty to create an environment of support and open celebration of diversity of identity. Just recently, an initiative was started to create gender neutral restrooms throughout the medical center.


Microagressions Lecture

The Office of Diversity Education and Research collaborated with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Counseling Services to conduct a lecture series on microaggressions, burnout and stress during Wellness Week in October of 2017. The event was sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. A representative from each office discussed the available resources on campus to assist faculty, staff and students in learning how to cope with these situations and several others in order to be healthy, happy and productive.