The YMCA of Greater New York is hosting a virtual roundtable series to discuss racial inequities and promote social justice in our communities — and the action that we as individuals, organizations, and communities must take for change.
Race & Education
April 28, 2021 – 3:30 PM
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The Housing Disparity
June 16, 2021 – 3:30 PM
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Understanding the Inequities in the Justice System
October 27, 2021 – 3:30 PM
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Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Care
On February 23, a panel of health experts discussed how inequities in our health care system are affecting communities of color, with a focus on COVID-19, life expectancy, and maternal care — and how the Y can help close the gap in access to quality and sustainable care.
- Sharon Greenberger, YMCA of Greater New York, President & CEO (moderator)
- Adrianyeli Feliz, West Side YMCA, Teen Leader (moderator)
- Eboné Carrington, NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem, Chief Executive Officer
- Dr. Julia Iyasere, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Dalio Center for Health Justice, Executive Director
- Errol Pierre, Healthfirst, Senior Vice President of State Programs
Resources on racial health disparities:
- Kaiser Family Foundation - Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers
- CDC - Health Equity Considerations and Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
- CDC - Health Disparities and Inequalities Report
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater New York
Sharon Greenberger is the 10th President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York, a leading New York City nonprofit serving a diverse population of more than half a million children, adults, and seniors annually through programs and services that empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. With 24 branches throughout the five boroughs, the Y connects active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.
Sharon launched the YMCA’s new strategic plan, Thriving New Yorkers, Stronger Communities, which outlines the organization’s vision for serving New York City from 2018-2025. She is leading development of two new YMCA branches in the Bronx, to be completed in 2020. The new Bronx facilities will serve tens of thousands of residents, create new jobs, add new recreational and learning spaces, and foster community engagement.
Prior to joining the YMCA in 2015, Sharon spent more than 20 years in both the private and public sector working to improve New Yorkers’ health and livelihood and promote the development of New York City.
As Senior Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, she oversaw $2 billion of active projects to expand and improve facilities to better serve the needs of patients and their families. Sharon managed operations for 1,700 public schools serving 1.1 million children as COO of the New York City Department of Education, and led completion of 100 new schools while leading the City’s School Construction Authority. She also served as Chief of Staff to the City’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding, and Vice President for Economic Development at the Alliance for Downtown New York.
Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and holds a master’s degree in City Planning, with a focus in Housing and Community Development and Environmental Design, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She is a member of the Prospect Park YMCA and lives in Brooklyn.
YMCA Teen Leader
West Side YMCA
Adrianyeli Feliz was born in Harlem and identifies as Afro-Latina. She is currently a senior at the Urban Assembly School for Media Studies. She started at the West Side YMCA during her freshman year. During her time at the Y, Adrianyeli has been a leader among her peers, participating in numerous programs, including Teen Center, Leaders Club, and Rowe Scholars. She was also chosen as an intern for the Teen Career Connection Summer Internship Program, serving as a Counselor-in-Training at PS 191, where she was loved by both campers and staff.
Chief Executive Officer
NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem
Eboné M. Carrington, MPA, FAB is currently the Chief Executive Officer of NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem. NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem is a public hospital that serves the communities of central and west Harlem, northern Manhattan, and the south Bronx. The Hospital has 13,000 discharges, 206,000 outpatient visits, and 80,000 emergency department visits per year.
As the Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Carrington provides leadership to the Hospital’s inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and critical care units and has fiscal and operational responsibility for a workforce of 3,200 and an operating budget of over 400 million dollars.
Prior to joining NYC Health + Hospitals | Harlem, Ms. Carrington served as Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer, as well as Chief Operating Officer at Interfaith Medical Center, a multi-site community teaching health care system located in Brooklyn.
Ms. Carrington has been chosen by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the “Up and Comers” in healthcare administration, and by Crains New York Business as a 40 under 40 Executive; and given the same honor by Stony Brook University. She has completed the Bloomberg New York City Leadership Certification, is an Executive Leadership Fellow of the Advisory Board, a Member of the Board of Directors of the New York Theological Seminary, and is an adjunct professor at the Baruch College Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.
A native of New York City, Ms. Carrington earned her Master of Public Administration from New York University and her Bachelor of Science in Business with honors from Stony Brook University.
Dr. Julia Iyasere
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Dalio Center for Health Justice
A native of California, Dr. Iyasere moved to the East Coast to attend Yale University where she graduated with a B.S. in Molecular Biology with a focus in Neuroscience. After a year working in cancer cell biology and cell signaling cascades at Harvard Medical School, she joined the Columbia community at Columbia College of Physician and Surgeons, eventually choosing to pursue a dual degree with the Columbia Business School and graduating with an M.D./M.B.A in 2008. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia, Dr. Iyasere stayed for a year as Chief Resident before joining the Section of Hospital Medicine in 2012. She completed a part-time fellowship in Medical Simulation at the NewYork-Presbyterian Simulation Center during her first year with the Division. Currently, Dr. Iyasere serves as a Vice President, as well as the Director of LEAD Academy, a physician leadership and career development program at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Throughout her accomplished medical career, Dr. Iyasere has been a steadfast champion of diversity and inclusion. Most recently, Dr. Iyasere has been appointed to the role of Executive Director of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital’s Dalio Center for Health Justice. In this role, she leads the Center’s efforts to address longstanding health inequities due to race, socioeconomic differences, limited access to care, and other complex factors that impact the well-being of our communities. The Center will serve as a convener, collaborator, and grantor, bringing together renowned experts in diverse fields to fuel change and support health justice among NewYork-Presbyterian team members, patients, communities, and ultimately local and national policy.
Prior to her current role, Dr. Iyasere was the associate chief medical officer for Service Lines and the Co-Director of the Care Team Office at NYP. An assistant professor of medicine, Dr. Iyasere continues to see patients as an internist in the Section for Hospital Medicine at Columbia.
Senior Vice President of State Programs
Errol Pierre is the Senior Vice President of State Programs at Healthfirst, Inc, the largest non-profit health plan in New York State, serving 1.6 million members. In this role, he is accountable for growth, profit/loss, sales and retention for the Medicaid and Long-Term Care product portfolios. Additionally, he provides strategic and operational direction for the company’s newly launched Health Equity Foundation and Community Affairs. As a result of many efforts in 2020, Errol Pierre was appointed to the Yonkers Health Equity Taskforce by Mayor Mike Spano.
Prior to Healthfirst, Errol spent over 12 years at Empire BlueCross BlueShield, which is the largest for-profit health plan in New York State. Their Medicaid and Medicare health plans in New York City and Long Island serves close to 5 million members. Errol’s career in health care started at Empire as an intern in 2003. Throughout his tenure, he held various leadership roles in Sales and Strategy until leaving the company as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2019.
A Bronx, New York resident, Errol graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He later obtained a master’s degree in Health Policy and Financial Management from New York University. He will complete his doctoral degree focused on Health Equity by June 2021. Lastly, he is an adjunct professor at New York University; teaching various courses in Healthcare and Business.
In his spare time, Errol volunteers for numerous non-profit organizations. He serves as a board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health, He is a member of the national 100 Black Men Health & Wellness Committee. Lastly, he mentors both high school students and Fordham undergraduates in the Bronx. In 2020, he was acknowledged as one of the Caribbean-American “Power 100” by Carib News and was awarded for “Outstanding Community Service” by the Aesclepius Medical Society.
General resources on racial equity and social justice:
- Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequity in American Health Care by Dayna Bowen Matthew
- The Health Gap. The Challenge of an Unequal World by Michael Marmot
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Stamped: Racism Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Why Are The Black Kids Sitting Together In the Cafeteria? by Beverly Tatum
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
Art, Film, & More
- HBO - True Justice
- PBS - The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
- Netflix - 13th
- California Newsreel - Race: The Power of an Illusion
- Oprah's Master Class - Cicely Tyson
- MoMa Exhibit - Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration
- New York Public Library - Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
- Health Disparities and Hope: How the Dalio Center for Health Justice Will Make ‘Real Progress’
- Racial Equity Tools
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