Road Map for Action Bulletins
Spotlight on Patrice Gordon-Poyser, Supplier Diversity Manager, Mount Sinai Health SystemMount 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.
Thursday, December 1
Uncovering the Disparities in Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression
While depression affects all communities, research shows people of color in the United States are often hit the hardest. Today, we explore disparities in mental health.
Thursday, November 17
Exploring Inequities in Flu Vaccine Uptake
Flu season is here, and this week, we want to discuss some lesser-known disparities surrounding influenza hospitalization rates, why they exist, and what can be done to keep all communities healthy.
Thursday, November 10
Spotlight on Patrice Gordon-Poyser, Supplier Diversity Manager, Mount Sinai Health System
Recently, our very own Patrice Gordon-Poyser, Supplier Diversity Manager, Mount Sinai Health System was featured in Modern Healthcare, discussing Mount Sinai's supplier diversity program. In honor of the article, we met up with Patrice to get an in-depth look at her work.
Thursday, November 3
The Link Between Medical Records and Discrimination
This week, we're highlighting the not-so-obvious link between medical records and racial discrimination. As you know, medical records are intended to document objective observations. However, when biased language-such as using quotation marks to communicate sarcasm or question a patient's sincerity-is included, it may impact care by sending an incorrect signal to future clinicians about a patient.
Thursday, October 27
Addressing Disparities in Cancer Care-Q&A with Dr. Cardinale Smith
This week, we're taking to Cardinale Smith, MD, PhD, about the latest report from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), which found that as cancer continues to claim more than 600,000 lives in the United States each year, disparities in who gets cancer-and who gets access to the best care-remain "a pervasive public health problem."
Thursday, October 20
How the U.S., New York State, and Mount Sinai Are Tackling Long COVID
Today, we're highlighting disparities in long COVID, sharing research that's currently underway and how New York State and Mount Sinai are taking action. Black Americans disproportionately suffer from long COVID-chronic symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, insomnia, brain fog, and more. This is likely linked to communities of color experiencing heightened exposure to COVID-19 and higher rates of pre-existing conditions.
Thursday, October 13
A New Resource to Responding to Racist Patient and Visitor Behavior
Mount Sinai's policy for how employees should interact with patients and visitors who exhibit racist behavior has been made into a pocket guide and digital flyer for easy access.
- Thursday, October 6
Reflections on the 53rd Annual African American Day Parade
This week, we share reflections and photos from colleagues who participated in the 53rd Annual African American Day Parade.
- Thursday, September 29
NIH Backs the Institute for Health Equity Research to Study Structural Racism in Health Care
Mount Sinai's Institute for Health Equity Research (IHER) has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to embark on a five-year research project to identify, measure, and analyze structural racism in health care settings. The DISRUPT study stands for: "Dismantling Structural Racism Underlying the organization of ambulatory PracTices: an observational study of clinical desegregation."
- Thursday, September 22
Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Mental Health Equity
Just like with physical health, people of color and members of other marginalized communities face worse mental health outcomes due to a myriad of factors, from lack of access to high-quality or culturally-competent care, to cultural stigma around mental health care, to racism and discrimination.
- Thursday, September 15
Improving Maternal Health Through Research and Education
Findings from a new study from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that states with the highest levels of nurses from underrepresented minority groups reported fewer health complications during childbirth. Notably, there were better outcomes for mothers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds when the nursing workforce was more diverse. at Mount Sinai, we care deeply about addressing maternal health disparities and the high rates of maternal mortality among Black patients.
- Thursday, September 8
Mount Sinai Sponsors the 53rd Annual African American Parade
Today, we're writing with some exciting news: the Mount Sinai Health System is sponsoring the 53rd Annual African American Day Parade on Sunday, September 18. Our very own Pamela Abner, MPA, Vice President and Chief Diversity Operations Officer for Mount Sinai Health System, and 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 at Mount Sinai, will serve as the parade's Grand Marshals!
- Thursday, August 25
Advancing Health Equity Through Glaucoma Research at Mount Sinai
Researchers at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary found that compared to white patients, Black patients had twice the risk of early vision loss and were six times more likely to experience advanced vision loss from Glaucoma.
- Thursday, August 18
Celebrating One Year of the Road Map Bulletin
Mount Sinai's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Diversity Councils received four 2022 Diversity Impact Awards(tm). And today is the Road Map Bulletin's first birthday!
- Thursday, August 11, 2022
Advancing Anti-Racism Education and Training
Recently, many people across the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai worked to bolster the anti-racism and bias curriculum across all four years of MD education. The focus is to not only provide a better education and understanding of how to improve care, but also to establish a new equity-minded lens through which all medical professionals must adhere to throughout their careers.
Thursday, August 4, 2022
Tracking Our Work
Road Map Strategy 1 includes creating an "equity scorecard" that will measure our successes and our remaining work in closing health disparities. To do that, we first need to identify and measure existing differences, which requires reliable data about patients. We spoke with an interdisciplinary team about collecting this data. They have already created a Race/Ethnicity/Language Capture Dashboard to track Mount Sinai's progress in collecting patients' race, ethnicity, and language preference data and are exceeding their goal of collecting this information 90 percent of the time.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
Mount Sinai Receives Prestigious Health Care Diversity Award
Today, we’re writing with some encouraging news: earlier this month, the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity awarded Mount Sinai the 2022 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, one of the highest honors in the health care diversity field.
Thursday, July 21, 2022
The Racial Disparities of Abortion Bans
Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, more and more states are moving to restrict people’s right to abortion access. This week, we’re digging into studies that show abortion bans have specific, disproportionate impacts on under-resourced, marginalized groups—and what that means for the Black maternal mortality and morbidity crisis.
Thursday, July 14, 2022
The Intersection of Heat and Race
As temperatures across the country continue to break records and heat waves increase in both frequency and severity, we wanted to explore how extreme heat threatens the health of communities across the New York metropolitan region. Like many similar issues, there is an increased risk in neighborhoods that face climate inequality, which are often lower-income communities of color—a physical reflection of structural racism in our city.
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Closing the Gap for Black Residents
A few weeks ago, STAT News published a series of articles exploring why Black residents leave medical training programs at disproportionately higher rates than white residents. The STAT investigation found that while only 5 percent of all residents in 2015 were Black, they accounted for almost 20 percent of residents dismissed that year. This week’s bulletin focuses on what Mount Sinai is doing to support underrepresented residents and students.
Thursday, June 23, 2022
Checking In: Self Care and Anti-Racist Work
Anti-racist change is not easy-and this hard but important work can take a toll on all of us, especially when combined with our professional and personal responsibilities and current events like the pandemic, increased racist attacks, and political upheaval that threatens fundamental rights. We spoke with Scarlett S. Ho, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Training at the Center for Stress, Resilience and Personal Growth, to discuss what self care is, how we can incorporate it into our daily lives, and what Mount Sinai resources are available to support it.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Celebrating Juneteenth at Mount Sinai
As many of you know, this Sunday, June 19, is the official Juneteenth holiday that commemorates the emancipation of the last enslaved persons following the Civil War.
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Anti-Racist Summer Reading List
The weather is getting warmer and summer is only a few weeks away. In that spirit, this week we’re excited to share a curated “summer reading list” that touches on the themes we discuss each week: the history of race in America, the lived experience of people of color, and what it means to be anti-racist.
Thursday, June 2, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Congratulations to Mount Sinai 2022 Administrative Fellowship Graduates!
Today, we are introducing four recent graduates of the Mount Sinai Administrative Fellowship Program. This two-year initiative offers an innovative development opportunity uniquely designed for individuals from underrepresented groups who have also recently received a master’s degree.
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Supporting Veterans This Memorial Day
Monday is Memorial Day, and we want to use this week’s Bulletin as a reminder of why we celebrate and how we are working to support all veterans inside and outside the Mount Sinai Health System.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Meet the President and CEO of The Winters Group
We would like to introduce you to Mary-Frances Winters, the President and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., the diversity, inclusion, and equity consulting group that is working with our eleven Road Map Strategy Leads, Mount Sinai’s executive leadership, and all of us to make the goals of the Road Map for Action a reality.
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month
As we applaud the vast and vital contributions of the AAPI community, it is equally important to understand the deep challenges currently impacting this group. In recent months, AAPI communities have continued to experience an increase in stigma, hate, and assaults both here in New York and across the country. Additionally, as recently as 2020, nearly one in four Asian adults in New York City was reported to be living in poverty.
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Spotlight on Lorisa Richards, Vice President of Nursing Operations, The Mount Sinai Hospital
The Mount Sinai Health System earned the fifth slot on Diversity Inc’s 2022 Top Hospitals and Health Systems list. This is an important acknowledgement of our mission to become an equitable and inclusive organization. Congratulations to all who made it possible and continue to work on diversity—our inclusion on this highly selective list was no easy feat.
Thursday, April 28, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Supporting Prostate Health in the Black Community
In the United States, prostate cancer is the second-most-common form of cancer in men, behind only skin cancer. About one in eight U.S. men will develop prostate cancer at some point in their lives, and one in 40 will die of prostate cancer.
Thursday, April 21, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Revisiting Racial Disparities in the Post-COVID-19 Pandemic
April marks National Minority Health Month, when we spotlight racial and ethnic health disparities and recommit to championing health equity. Back in January during the height of the Omicron surge, we discussed COVID-19's disproportionate impact on communities of color. This week, we are revisiting that topic with a focus on recent research that confirms and reminds us that these disparities remain long after COVID-19 infection is gone.
Friday, April 15, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Black Maternal Health Week
This week, we are recognizing Black Maternal Health Week, which is observed every year from April 11-17. This observance was officially proclaimed by the White House on April 13, 2021, acknowledging the need to address the Black maternal mortality and morbidity crisis and to raise awareness about the state of Black maternal health across the nation.
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Road Map Progress
Now that spring has arrived, soon to bring a slightly warmer breeze, brighter sun, and renewed hope that we are past the worst of the pandemic, we want to continue the good vibe and give an update on a critical part of our journey toward becoming an anti-racist institution: progress to date.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Diversity Councils and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
As you know, Mount Sinai’s Road Map for Action was developed to help our Health System become an anti racist institution, united in solidarity and working toward equity as a shared goal.
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Key Anti-Racism Learning Resources
As we’ve mentioned in previous Bulletins, Mount Sinai’s work to become an antiracist institution may be unfamiliar, if not outright uncomfortable, for many of us. One of our core objectives is to introduce topics, programs, and events that you may have not heard of before, because institutional change is built on personal growth and individual participation. That is why today we are bringing you a comprehensive—but in no way exhaustive—list of key anti-racism resources to explore in your spare time.
Thursday, March 17, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Supplier Diversity at Mount Sinai
In February 2021, Mount Sinai’s leadership shared a commitment to further invest in and partner with community suppliers as part of our effort to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our community. This week, we are excited to share more information about this commitment to supplier diversity— an especially important initiative, enhanced in the wake of the 2020 outpouring of support for Black Lives Matter, that epitomizes the importance of taking intentional, smaller steps to make a larger difference in supporting and elevating underrepresented populations.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Teaching Anti-Racism Across Mount Sinai – Strategy 11
First, we would like to take the time today to remember the life of Breonna Taylor and to remind ourselves of the deep-rooted, systemic racism and anti-Blackness that led to her killing on March 13, 2020. Two years later, the fact that only one officer has been charged in connection to the no-knock raid where Breonna was killed, that he was charged for endangering residents of another apartment and not for her death, and that the officer was recently acquitted remind us that the fight to eradicate racism is far from over.
Thursday, March 4, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Transitioning Women’s History Month at Mount Sinai
This week, we transition from Black History Month (February) to Women’s History Month (March). In observation of this changeover, we’re looking at how the Road Map's anti-racist work lines up with and complements ongoing gender equity efforts at Mount Sinai—including for Black women and women from other under-represented minority (URM) groups.
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Enhancing Leadership Learning, Capacity, Knowledge, Engagement, and Accountability
Today we are covering Strategy 10:Enhancing leadership learning, capacity,knowledge, engagement, and accountability so that all leaders can participatefully in anti-racist and equity efforts across the Mount Sinai Health System
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Addressing Microaggressions in the Workplace
Last year, we wrote about Mount Sinai’s policy on racist patient or guest behavior, and it was one of our most-read newsletters to date. So this week we’re expandingon the topic by examining how we can best address microaggressions at MountSinai.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Ensuring Equity in Mentorship-Strategy 9
Today, we're diving into Strategy 9: Promoting equity in mentorship. We caught up with Strategy Lead and Chief Learning Officer Diane Adams to learn more about the world of mentorship at Mount Sinai, why equity in mentorship matters, and what she and her team are doing to promote equity.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Recognizing Holocaust Remembrance Day and Celebrating the Lunar New Year and Black History Month
This week, we’re highlighting three important observances: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Thursday, January 27) and Lunar New Year and Black History Month (both of which started on Tuesday, February 1).
Thursday, January 27, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Increasing Diversity in Mount Sinai’s Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention Efforts—Strategy 8
This week we’re discussing Strategy 8 with strategy lead and Chief Human Resources Officer Jane Maksoud: Increasing recruitment efforts, hiring, and retention of Black and other underrepresented minority (URM) faculty and staff and ensuring diversity in all levels of Health System leadership, including roles with high impact.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Examining Racial Disparities in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The recent surge in COVID-19 cases is once again challenging our nation's health care system—and here at Mount Sinai, our colleagues are stepping up to treat and care for New Yorkers every day. This latest wave is also a reminder of the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, which were hit worst and first by the pandemic. By transforming Mount Sinai into an anti-racist institution, the Road Map will help ensure that our Health System consciously acknowledges and addresses this inequity, providing our communities with the care they need and deserve.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Road Map Bulletin: Designing Mount Sinai's Equitable Business Structures-Strategy 7
Today we're taking a deep dive into how our Health System operates and is led with Road Map Strategy 7: examining and redesigning business structures with an anti-racist and equity lens, led by Jeff Silverstein. Big picture: examining and redesigning business structures is about gaining deep insight into, and addressing, the frequently unintended consequences of our various policies and practices that hold in place or lead to inequity.
Thursday, 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.
Thursday, December 15, 2021
Road Map Bulletin: How Mount Sinai is Investing in Equity—Strategy 6
Like any culture shift, all of our anti-racism and equity work has to be paid for—and that’s our topic this week: Strategy 6, developing a sustained financial investment in racial equity and anti-racism.
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.