The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University hosted the “Legacy of Arthur Ashe in the 21st Century” lecture, on Wednesday Dec. 4.
It was the 27th annual event held to honor Ashe’s leadership in fighting disparities in health care.
The lecture was presented by Dr. Christina Greer, an associate professor of political science and American studies at Fordham University and an outspoken advocate in the fight to end racial disparities in health care and in all public services. Dr. Greer was the 2018 fellow for the McSilver Institute for Policy at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and recipient of the 2018 Fordham University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She conducts critical research centered on racial and ethnic politics.
This year’s lecture specifically addressed how the ongoing work of medical professionals, educators, advocates and public officials must shift to meet the unique needs of both patients and students in the modern healthcare ecosystem.
This 27th annual memorial lecture was hosted by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health at SUNY Downstate, at the Downstate Health Sciences University, School of Public Health Academic Building.
The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health was founded by Arthur Ashe in 1992, just two months before his death, to address longstanding gaps in health care services and education for communities of color and has helped foster critical research and awareness partnerships to improve health care both across New York City and nationwide.
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate’s staff.
A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit www.downstate.edu or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.