Health Justice at Upstate
In 2018, SUNY Upstate hosted its first diversity in medicine conference, entitled Health Justice at Upstate: Breaking Down Barriers. 115 attendees participated in the conference, including students, faculty, and staff from three universities.
In 2019, we are proud to announce this new tradition will continue with Health Justice at Upstate: Shifting the Power. In response to participant feedback, the 2019 conference will include shorter sessions and more interactive workshops.
From a 2018 participant: "Going into healthcare, I almost feel immobilized because doctors don't normally seem to have much power in terms of creating change... The keynote speaker addressed all of these structural things and ongoing projects/research that are happening."
Monday, January 21, 2019
9:30am - 4:00pm
|9:30AM - 10:00AM||Registration & Breakfast|
|10:00AM - 10:30AM||Opening Address|
|10:30AM - 10:50AM||Break - Exhibition Hall on 1st Floor of NAB|
|11:00AM - 11:25AM||Breakout Session A||Achieving Universal Coverage with NY Health|
|Upstate's Public Health Initiatives|
|11:25AM - 11:35AM||Break - Exhibition Hall on 1st Floor of NAB|
|11:35AM - 12:00PM||Breakout Session B||Balancing Activism and Academics|
|Mentorship for High Schoolers & Undergraduates|
|Native American Healthcare|
|12:00PM - 12:10PM||Break - Exhibition Hall on 1st Floor of NAB|
|12:10PM - 12:35PM||Breakout Session C||Healthcare in the Prison System|
|Health Effects of Inequality|
|12:35PM - 1:30PM||Lunch - Exhibition Hall on 1st Floor of NAB|
|1:30PM - 2:30PM||Afternoon Workshops||Legislative Advocacy for Universal Healthcare|
|Leveraging Privilege for Change|
|Shifting the Power: A Plan for Action|
|Storytelling for Social Justice|
|When Does Difference Become a Disparity?|
|2:30PM - 2:45PM||Break - Exhibition Hall on 1st Floor of NAB|
|2:45PM - 4:00PM||
Medical Alumni Sponsored Keynote Address
Asteir Bey, RN, IBCLC & Aimee Brill, CD
2019 Medical Alumni Sponsored Keynote Speakers
Asteir Bey, RN, IBCLC & Aimee Brill: Co-Directors, Village Birth International
2019 Breakout Session Speakers & Workshop Facilitators
Sunny Aslam, MD, presenting Achieving Universal Healthcare with NY Health
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Habiba Boru, presenting Refugee Health
Owner, Habiba's Ethiopian Kitchen
Yolanda Brown, FNP, presenting Healthcare in the Prison System
Nurse Practitioner, Onondaga County Justice Center
Nakeia Chambers, MSEd, facilitating When Does Difference Become a Disparity?
Director of Multicultural Affairs, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Maryann Grandinetta, panelist for Mentorship for High Schoolers & Undergraduates
Director of Student Success Initiatives, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Sipho Mbuqe, PhD, presenting Health Effects of Inequality
Senior Counselor, Student Counseling Service, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Christopher Morley, PhD, presenting Upstate's Public Health Initiatives
Chair of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Krystal Ripa, MS, panelist for Mentorship for High Schoolers & Undergraduates
Director of Special Admissions Programs, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Ursula Rozum, facilitating Storytelling for Social Justice
Upstate Organizer, Physicians for a National Health Program
Brian Thompson, MD, presenting Native American Healthcare
Assistant Dean for Diversity, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Andrea Shaw, MD, presenting Refugee Health
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate Medical University
Current Students at SUNY Upstate Medical University:
- Robertha Barnes, MS/MD Candidate, panelist for Balancing Activism and Academics
- Azfar Basunia, MD Candidate, panelist for Balancing Activism and Academics
- Adaobi Ikpeze, MD Candidate, facilitating Leveraging Privilege for Change
- Zacharia Mohamed, MD Candidate, panelist for Balancing Activism and Academics
- Althea Porter, MD Candidate, panelist for Mentorship for High Schoolers & Undergraduates
- Azwade Rahman, MD/MPH Candidate, panelist for Balancing Activism and Academics
- Sydney Russell Leed, MD Candidate, facilitating Leveraging Privilege for Change
- Jonathan Thomas, DPT Candidate, panelist for Mentorship for High Schoolers & Undergraduates
Current Students at University of Rochester Medical School:
- Mahima Iyengar, MD Candidate, facilitating Legislative Advocacy for Universal Healthcare
- Rohith Palli, MD/PhD Candidate, facilitating Legislative Advocacy for Universal Healthcare
2018 Keynote Speaker
Helena B. Hansen, MD, PhD: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Submit a Workshop
If you are interested in leading a workshop at a future conference, please reach out to the current planning committee co-chairs, Sydney Russell Leed and Adaobi Ikpeze at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Health Justice at Upstate: Shifting the Power will be held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 21, 2019 from 9:30am to 4pm.
Please register here if you are interested in attending.
Health Justice Scholars
Scholarships are available for current students below the graduate level. Awards will be based on demonstrated commitment to the health professions, racial equity in medicine, and the Syracuse community.
The application cycle for 2019 awards is closed. Please check back later this year for information on the 2020 award applications.
The following organizations will have tables on the first floor of the New Academic Building during the conference to share their work. Please stop by and visit during breaks in the conference!
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Health Justice at Upstate conference! All donations go through the Upstate Foundation to be used for Health Justice at Upstate expenditures, including the annual conference, scholarships for high school and undergraduate students, and establishing an endowed fund to ensure the program's sustainability.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Health Justice at Upstate fund, please visit the Upstate Foundation website, select the Designation "Other", and enter "Health Justice at Upstate."
If you have donated and do not see your name or department below, please contact the 2019 planning committee co-chairs, Sydney Russell Leed at firstname.lastname@example.org and Adaobi Ikpeze at email@example.com. Thank you for your generosity.
Current and Past Sponsors
- Admissions Office
- Center for Bioethics and Humanities
- Center for Civic Engagment
- College of Graduate Studies
- College of Health Professions
- Department of Medicine
- Family Medicine Student Organization
- Internal Medicine Interest Group
- Medical Alumni Association
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Office of the President
- Student Affairs/Multicultural Affairs
- Student National Medical Association
- Students for a National Health Program
- Upstate Student Government