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.

To learn more or to volunteer, please contact the 2019 planning committee co-chairs, Sydney Russell Leed at russelsy@upstate.edu and Adaobi Ikpeze at ikpezea@upstate.edu

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

Time Session Workshops
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
Refugee 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
Co-Directors of Village Birth International

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 russelsy@upstate.edu and ikpezea@upstate.edu.

Health Justice at Upstate is held annually on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The event is located in the SUNY Upstate New Academic Building, 790 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210. We recommend that attendees park at the East/West Garages at Upstate Medical University's Downtown campus (map, rates). For wheelchair-accessible parking, we recommend that you park in the East Garage and review available accessibility features.

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. If you would like to receive an email announcement when the 2020 Health Justice Scholars application is available, please contact Sydney Russell Leed at russelsy@upstate.edu.

2019 Health Justice Scholars:

  • Jazmine Richardson, Syracuse University
  • Rosalia Sedano, Canisius College

Health Justice Advocate

The Health Justice Advocate award is given to a community leader who is not a health professional but utilizes a “health in all policies” approach to social justice issues in Syracuse, NY, including housing, transportation, and safety/violence prevention. SUNY Upstate Medical University's mission includes serving our community, but that wouldn't be possible without our many partners. This award recognizes their contributions to improving the state of public health in Syracuse.

2019 Health Justice Advocate

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!

ARISE Child & Family Services

Black Lives Matter Syracuse

Campaign for NY Health

Center for Civic Engagement

Healthcare Education Project

Occupational Health Clinical Center

Tax-Deductible Gifts

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 russelsy@upstate.edu and Adaobi Ikpeze at ikpezea@upstate.edu. Thank you for your generosity.

Current and Past Sponsors

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