Eliminating Health Disparities

On November 9, 2004, the 2004 Council of the Medical Society of The State of New York took action to establish an independent MSSNY Task Force which would seek to incorporate the recommendations found in the 2002 IOM report, “Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare”, as well as model several of the policy objectives found within AMA policy to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health care in New York State. Initially, the Task Force was chaired by Dr. Anthony Clemendor and titled, “The Task Force to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities”. In 2009, the Task Force was made a permanent Standing Committee and renamed “The Committee to Eliminate Health Care Disparities”. The focus of the Committee was broadened to include all health care disparities.

Vision Statement

“Our vision is to create a model of achievement that overcomes healthcare disparities through education and practical initiatives and provides the resources to effectively reach all healthcare providers, healthcare delivery organizations, and patients throughout all of New York State, and all of America, without regard to race, class, religion, source of payment, place of origin, and economic or cultural status.”

Mission Statement

The Mission of this Committee is to eliminate healthcare disparities by obtaining evidence on racial and ethnic health care disparities, identifying causes, and proposing effective strategies. Provides physician awareness and education, patient! public education, youth-focused mentoring and education programs on the vital role of minority physicians, and improved data collection on race and ethnicity.

Committee News

The Committee has received grants from Pfizer to enable it to participate in the Doctors Back to School Program developed by the American Medical Association. This program will send Task Force Members, who are physicians, into middle and high schools in their counties to talk to students, particularly minority students, and encourage them to pursue a career in medicine. They will mentor those students who exhibit interest and help them to pursue the goal of entering medical school and becoming a physician.  Additional grants from Pfizer enabled the Committee to develop and produce CME programs entitled Culture Block: How Cultural and Ethnic Beliefs and Traditions Affect a Patient’s Medical Care and Compliance; and a health literacy program entitled Effectively Communicating With a Diverse Patient Population.  Each of these programs was presented to close to 1,000 physicians and other health care providers and both were evaluated extremely well.

Subcommitee on Inventory

Programs to Increase Underrepresented Minorities in Health Care



Albany Medical Center:
43 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY 12208
Ingrid Allard:  [email protected]
Hyacinth Mason: [email protected]    


A.O. Hospital-Susquehanna Family Practice and The Gender Wellness Center
One FoxCare Drive. Suite 103 Oneonta, NY  13820
Phone (607) 431-5757
Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD: [email protected]

SUNY Upstate:

AMSNY Buffalo Post Bacc
Isabelle Appler, Associate Director of Admissions, Nakeia Chambers CDMA Representative

The Medical Scholars Master’s in Medical Technology Program
Isabelle Appler, Associate Director of Admissions, CDMA Representatives

MPH Medical Scholars Program
Isabelle Appler, Associate Director of Admissions, Nakeia Chambers, CDMA Representatives

Try on a White Coat Program
Sharon Huard, Associate Dean of Student & Multicultural Affairs 

SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI)
Nakeia Chambers, Diversity Initiatives Specialist

Mercyworks SYNERGY Summer Internship Program at Upstate
Nakeia Chambers, Diversity Initiatives Specialist

Presidential Scholars Summer Internship Program
Nakeia Chambers, Diversity Initiatives Specialist

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection — Syracuse
Aldrine Ashong-Katai, Diversity & Inclusion & Nakeia Chambers, Diversity Initiatives Specialist



University of Rochester Medical College:
Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for  URMC Medical Education and Diversity and Inclusion –

Black Physicians Network of Greater Rochester
Contact: Dr. Gina Cuyler (President)

HTYAP (Healthcare and Technology Youth Apprenticeship Program)
Janice Holland – [email protected]

University of Rochester Chapter of SNMA (Student National Medical Association)
David Powell, President – [email protected]




Mount Sinai
Dr. Garry Butts



Associated Medical Schools of New York

New York Academy of Medicine

Mentoring in Medicine Incorporated
111 E. 210th Street Bronx, NY 10467

SUNY Downstate:
Carla Boutin-Foster, MD, MS
Associate Dean, Office of Diversity Education and Research
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
[email protected]

Resources and programs at Einstein

Hispanic Center of Excellence

Einstein Enrichment Program (EEP)

Summer Undergraduate Mentorship Program

Bronx Science & Health Opportunity Partnership



Doctors Across New York

NYS Area Health Education Center  (AHEC)

Erie Niagara
Danise Wilson, MPH

WNY Rural
Catherine Huff, CEO

Central & Northern New York
Richard Merchant, MA

Catskill Hudson
Robert Wingate

Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island
Gabrielle Kersaint, MSPH

Nicole Charles – MA

Manhattan-Staten Island
[email protected]

NYS DOH AIDS Institute

Minority Student Summer Research Opportunity Program – NAAHP

Subcommittee on CME Programs

Gender & LGBTQ

HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Fenway Institute


National LGBT Health Education Center

Physicians Weekly

UCSF Center for Excellence for Transgender Health

Racial & Ethnic Disparities

American Hospital Association 

American Medical Association  

Cultural Competencies

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists

American College of Surgeons 

American Medical Association

APA Cultural Competency Resources

Continuing Education Cultural and Linguistic Competency HHS OMH

Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS Cultural Competency Training (LGBTQ)

National Consortium for Multicultural Education

National Institute of Health

Rutgers University

University of Chicago


National Cancer Institute

Subcommittee on Understanding Organizations



Region II of the Health Equity Council


New York ACP

New York State Academy of Family Medicine

NYS Area Health Education Center

DSRIP Initiatives
Fingerlakes is FLPPS:

State website:

Link to all PPS:

NYS DOH Office of Minority Health
Discussion of Evan Graham making presentation to committee (Monica Sweeney)

DOH Diversity in Medicine
Susan Mitnick – 518  473-4700

NYS Office of Public Health
Brad Hutton, MPH
[email protected] 

NYS DOH AIDS Institute
CEI Training

DCJS Justice Center
Lyn Hohmann

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Nina Huberman

Center for Healthcare Workforce Studies
Jean Moore, Center Director
[email protected]

BOCES- Schools

Arthur Ashe Institution