The Master of Public Health Program, along with the Society of Public Health Advocates and the newly established Public Health Alumni Association, recently hosted its second annual health-equity symposium at Hof USA.
The event, “Promote Health Equity: Building a Health-Equity Movement,” included an academic panel and a networking luncheon. It brought together more than 100 experts, healthcare providers, government and nonprofit representatives, community members, students, and faculty to discuss strategies to decrease differences in the quality of health care in disadvantaged communities.
Speakers included Rick Kittles, PhD, director of the Center for Population Genetics at the University of Arizona, Carolyn McCummings, MPH, director of the Division of Social Health Programs and Minority Health at the Nassau County Department of Health, Jennifer Mieres, MD, senior vice president of community and public health at the North Shore-LIJ Health System, and Tamara Michel, MPH, community health coordinator at the Queens Library.
A group of 11 MPH and two MHA (Master of Health Administration) students created and implemented the day’s agenda under the direction of 2014 alumna Johanna Andrews, the founding president of the Public Health Alumni Association who was also the driving force behind the creation of the first symposium last year as second-year MPH student.
Nuzhat Qaderi, another MPH ’14 alum, also attended the symposium as a representative of Erase Racism, where she now works as community organizer. The group was one of ten community-based organizations who set up tables at the event to discuss how their services help build health equity.
The students are also members of the Society of Public Health Advocates, a student-run organization within the School of Health Sciences and Human Services that helps organize events every semester, including the annual National Public Health Week event series, to raise public awareness of critical health issues affecting the community.
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