Road Map for Action Bulletins

Mount Sinai is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution, but for real change to take place, the entire community must be involved and engaged in this work. Every Thursday, the Road Map for Action Bulletin—authored by Angela Diaz, MD, PhD, MPH, the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor of Adolescent Health, and Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and Shawn Lee, Associate Director of Operations for the Central Billing Office—brings updates on this work and information on how to get involved. Archived editions of the Bulletin are linked below.

The Road Map for Action Conversations Toolkit has additional resources to stimulate dialogue around this work throughout our health system.

  • January 6, 2022
    Road Map Bulletin: Our Strategy Leads' 2022 "Road Map Resolutions"
    We asked the 11 Road Map strategy leads to share New Year's resolutions for advancing anti-racism within the Mount Sinai community and beyond.

  • December 15, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: A Recap on Road Map Strategies
    We are now nearly halfway through our deep dives into the eleven Road Map strategies. We wanted to take a moment to recap these strategies, reflect on progress so far, and talk more about next steps.

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Juneteenth Update

    As we are winding down the year, we wanted to share some exciting news. In 2022, Mount Sinai Health System will begin to phase in Juneteenth as an official paid holiday.

  • Friday, December 3, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: A Recap on Road Map Strategies

    For the past three and a half months, we’ve been updating you on our progress to implement the Road Map for Action to Address Racism and Bias—and today we want to mark a milestone: we are now nearly halfway through our deep dives into the eleven Road Map strategies. We wanted to take a moment to recap these strategies, reflect on progress so far, and talk more about next steps.

  • Thursday, November 18, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: The Committee to Address Anti-Asian Bias and Racism (CAABR)
    Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities have experienced the worsening of another epidemic:
    a rise in anti-Asian sentiment and violence. Stories of our friends, family, and community members enduring verbal and physical assaults have become more common over the past two years, including an offensive document targeting members of our Mount Sinai community that was recently posted on a Mount Sinai campus. The Mount Sinai community stands united against these incidents in keeping with our zero-tolerance policy against racism and bias. In response, Asian and AAPI Mount Sinai community members and their allies have come together to form the Committee to Address Anti-Asian Bias and Racism (CAABR).

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Black Executive Acceleration Program
    Today, we want to update everyone on the Black Executive Acceleration Program (BEAP), which we introduced back in August in our first-ever Bulletin. As some of you may remember, the BEAP is a small pilot program co-sponsored by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Development and Learning (TDL), aimed at supporting Black directors and senior directors at Mount Sinai who are interested in advancing their careers. This pilot program will guide us as we continue to expand our leadership development and other TDL programs throughout the organization.

  • Thursday, November 4, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: A Deep Dive into Strategy 5

    This week we caught up with Gary C. Butts, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine, to discuss Strategy #5: Forge new, and leverage existing, strategic partnerships and networks within the MSHS to accelerate and spread anti-racism and equity efforts.

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Racism is a Public Health Crisis

    On Monday, October 18, the New York City Board of Health declared racism a public health crisis, joining other organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Medical Association that have declared racism serious threats to public health over the last year. This resolution both aligns with Mount Sinai’s Road Map for Action to Address Racism and has a direct connection to our Health System: our very own Lynne D. Richardson, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, and Population Health Science and Policy, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a member of the NYC Board of Health and had a direct hand in drafting and adopting this resolution. We caught up with Lynne to discuss the significance of the Board’s declaration and what it all means.

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: A Deep Dive into Strategy #4
    You may have noticed that our last couple of bulletins were anchored on one overarching theme: community. Today, we are excited to introduce the next Road Map for Action strategy-Strategy Four-which also shares this focus: Build connection and community within the Mount Sinai Health System to adopt a racial equity culture.

  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Latinx Heritage Month
    As many of you know, tomorrow marks the end of Latinx Heritage Month, so today we are dedicating the Bulletin to reflecting on Latinx identity and the community overall at Mount Sinai. We are both proudly Afro-Latinx, and co-author Shawn Lee is also co-lead for the Heritage of Latinx Alliance (HOLA) Employee Resource Group.

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Bulletin Flyers and a Deep Dive into Strategy #3
    The focus—of these Bulletins and our anti-racist efforts overall—is building a community that actively opposes structural and individual racism and works to eliminate inequity in all its forms. Community engagement is also the explicit focus of the next Road Map strategy that we want to highlight, Strategy Three: Enhance community partnerships and accountability.
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Mount Sinai’s Policy on Dealing With Racist Behavior from Patients and Guests
    This week, we discuss individual racism and how Mount Sinai handles interactions with patients and guests exhibiting racist behavior. For team members of color, these types of interactions are—sadly—nothing new. To help address it, Mount Sinai recently instituted a new policy to guide employees during these interactions, with a focus on stopping the harmful behavior and supporting our colleagues in both clinical and nonclinical settings.
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
    Road Map Bulletin: Recognizing Our Colleagues’ Great Work and Exploring the History of Slavery in New York

    This weekend, Modern Healthcare announced that our colleague Ann-Gel Palermo, DrPH, MPH, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education and Research for the Mount Sinai Health System, has been named to the 2021 class of Top Diversity Leaders. This great news comes on the heels of two of our diversity councils receiving national recognition from the Global ERG Network.
  • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    Road Map for Action Bulletin: A Deep Dive Into Strategy Two
    Today, we are excited to spotlight the second Road Map for Action strategy: Unify and integrate clinical practices. Advocate for payment and regulatory mechanisms that would allow for the full integration and unification of clinical practices regardless of insurance status.
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021
    Road Map for Action Bulletin: Learning about the Racist History of New York’s State Parkways
    We want to look at some seemingly benign, everyday structures to provide some context and a better understanding for how structural racism is embedded throughout our world in subtle, but pervasive, ways. For example, the roads to, from, and through our city and region.
  • Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Road Map for Action Bulletin: A Deep Dive Into Strategy One
    This week, we’re highlighting the first strategy in the Road Map for Action: Developing an equity scorecard to measure performance in order to identify where we are meeting with success and where more, or different, efforts are needed. First and foremost, equity has been elevated to a core value of Mount Sinai.
  • Thursday, August 26, 2021
    Road Map for Action Bulletin: What We’re Doing and How We Got Here
    Each week, we will provide information on the work being done, share updates and insights on the 11 Road Map Strategies, and highlight upcoming events, initiatives, and ways for everyone to get involved. Our goals with this newsletter are to provide updates on the progress and context for why Mount Sinai is working to become an anti-racist institution, and to help create a space for honest and constructive dialogue.
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021
    Road Map for Action Bulletin and 11 Strategy Leads
    We are launching a new newsletter on our efforts to become an anti-racist institution. Transparency, accountability, and community involvement are critical to this necessary and important work—and we hope this newsletter will keep everyone informed and involved as we continue putting the 11 Road Map strategies into action.