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The CUNY Institute for Health Equity (CIHE) cordially invites you to participate in the Dominican Studies Institute's (DSI) discussion on THE POWER OF INTERSECTIONALITY FOR REMOVING BARRIERS IN STEM AT HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS. This event is part of the Hispanic Serving Institution-Hubs, "Intersectionality as Inquiry and Praxis: Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity for Student Success in STEM" (HSI-Hubs), a 5-year long National Science Foundation (NSF) funded partnership involving the City College of New York, Lehman College, Hostos Community College, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and Central New Mexico Community College. Read more about the panelists.

Past Events

CUNY Institute for Health Equity SUMMIT (Photos) Day 1

CUNY Institute for Health Equity SUMMIT (Photos) Day 2

CUNY Institute for Health Equity SUMMIT Program

Video Links

Summit Inauguration and Presentation

Keynote Panel: Migration and Health - A Human Rights Perspective

Slide Presentations:

1. Dr. Maria Isabel Roldos, Dr. Jaye Jones, and Jocelyn Rajaballey - Bronx Health Collaborative

2. Dr. Francisco Rivera Batiz - Understanding Latinos in the U.S. Census

3. Dr. Shirley Leyro - The Role that Deportability Plays on the Wellbeing of Immigrants

4. Vanessa Arce and Robin Wright - Locating Scholarly Articles Online

5. Dr. Ramona Hernandez - Dominicans in the United States: A Socioeconomic Profiles 2022

6. Lauren Jee - Language Access for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency: Making Sure No One is Left Behind Because of Language Barriers

7. Dr. Cheryl Martens - Migrant Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Protection Services in Ecuador: Overcoming Institutional Barriers and Stereotypes


Launch : Inauguration of the Summit
December 6th, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Launch: President of Lehman College Dr. Fernando Delgado
Presentation on "Bronx Health Collaborative"
Keynote address
The City University of New York (CUNY)'s Health Equity (CIHE) focuses on the social determinants that affect the physical and mental health of New York City's poor and underserved. This presentation will present the results from CIHE's study using a modified Strength-Weakness-Opportunity-Threats-SWOT assessment using a Strengths-Based Assessment (SBA) approach to evaluate the Areas for Growth (SWOT-SBA), among a sample of Bronx's Community Based Organizations - CBO's. We will present the descriptive information on CBO's catchment areas, services provided and population served in interactive maps as the "Healthy Bronx Collaborative".

Workshop 1 Title: Understanding Latinos in the U.S. Census
East Dining Room EDR-C Lovinger Theater
December 6th, - 10:30 - 12:30 pm
This presentation will provide a survey of the challenges facing Latinos in obtaining access to healthcare in the United States and in New York City. Using U.S. Census data, the presentation will document the wide gaps in health insurance coverage that exist between Latinos and other racial and ethnic groups. The specific situation facing the major Latino groups in the country --including Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans-- will be discussed as well as an analysis of the problems facing Latino immigrants.

Workshop 2: Title: Locating scholarly articles online using Google Scholar, PubMed and New York Public Library
Classroom A Lief Library
December 6th, - 10:30-12:30 pm
Accessing research articles and other scholarly information can be challenging for those not affiliated with a university or research center. This workshop will teach participants how to locate and access scientific papers online using Google Scholar, PubMed Central and databases available through the New York Public Library.

Workshop 3: Title: The Role that Deportability Plays on the Wellbeing of Immigrants
Main Auditorium Lovinger Theater
December 6th, - 10:30-12:30 pm
This workshop will discuss the ways in which immigration policy - and the resulting narrative surrounding immigrants as a whole - highlights the deportability of an immigrant, and how this impacts their wellbeing. The Workshop will be led by an immigration expert and researcher who will discuss policy, data, and the role these play in the mental health of our immigrant community.

Conversation with CBOs on Racism as a Social Determinant of Health
Music Building Classroom
December 6th, - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
This is a conversation/ training opportunity that will provide local leaders of community-based organizations, hospitals, and non-profits the opportunity to learn about anti-racism frameworks to adopt language that will assist them in identifying structural factors that contribute to health disparities among their members and/or patient populations.

Keynote Panel: Migration and Health with a Human Rights Perspective
December 7th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
National and international scholars and experts present their work and experience on Migration and Health. Lehman College President Dr. Fernando Delgado will provide opening remarks and launch the panel.

The CUNY Institute for Health Equity invites you to join us for a series of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion workshops throughout the month of March. Please register using links embedded in the flyer.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshops


CUNY Institute for Health Equity's Speaker Series for Hispanic Heritage Month: September 28th and October 12th

The CUNY Institute for Health Equity invites you to register for the CIHE Speaker Series for Hispanic Heritage Month. 

CIHE has partnered with the Lehman College Department of Latin American & Latino Studies, the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, and the Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies to bring CUNY’s faculty, staff, students, and alumni together for a speaker series highlighting scientists, scholars, and leaders from a Hispanic or Latino background at the forefront of research, practice, and key organizations in the US.

Click below to register for each session of the Inaugural Speaker Series.

Questions? Contact us at

HHN Tuesday, Sept 28,2021


HHN, Oct 12, 2021

Past Events

See speakers' presentations below:

Dr. Nancy Breen, PhD - Deep-dive to the fundamental causes and social determinants of health disparities: A call for interdisciplinary collaboration

Joan Davis Nagel, M.D. MPH - Translational approaches for training the next generation of translational scientists to improve health and promote community engagement to reduce disparities

Dionne Toombs, PhD - Uprooting Barriers to Equitable Health through Improved Food Choices and Behaviors

2/26/2021: Lehman Gets the Vax Panel and Q&A about the facts, myths, merits, and science of the COVID-19 vaccine

10/21/2020: CIHE/Humanities NY Book Discussion: “The Third Plate” by Dan Barber; led by Craig Rothman, CLT in the Department of Health Sciences

4/24/2020: Lehman Faculty Virtual Research Workshop “Unconference” v2.0 led by HS2N Interim Dean Elin Waring

3/2/2020: Naloxone Overdose Prevention Training led by NYC Health Action Center Overdose Prevention Trainers

2/13/2020: CIHE/Humanities NY Book Discussion: “114 Years of Revolutionary Food Justice: From The Jungle to the Young Lords, the Black Panthers and the Ongoing Fight to Change the System” led by a panel of experts including Black Panthers and Young Lords activists Denise Oliver-Velez, Brother Shep, and Cleo Silvers; History and Public health scholars Johanna Fernandez and J. Robin Moon; moderated by Lehman College Faculty Robyn Spencer (Department of History) and Mary Phillips (Department of Africana Studies)

12/5/2019: Bronx Health & Housing Consortium 9th Annual Convening

12/4/2019: CIHE/Humanities NY Book Discussion: “Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition & Health” by Marion Nestle; led by Alysha Galvez, Lehman College Professor and Founding Director of the Jamie Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY

11/21/2019: Presentation for Lehman Students: “Midwifery: A Choice for Your Healthcare Provider and Career” led by Dr. Carol Bues, Doctoral Lecturer in the Lehman College Department of Nursing, and Dr. Ronnie Lichtman, Chair of Midwifery at Downstate Medical Center

11/6/2019: CIHE/Humanities NY Book Discussion: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan; led by Craig Rothman, CLT in the Department of Health Sciences, with food prepared by DFN students

5/7/2019: Lehman Faculty Research Workshop “Unconference” v1.0 led by HS2N Interim Dean Elin Waring

3/27/2019-4/25/2019: Visualizing Health Equity (Traveling Art Exhibit w/ National Academy of Medicine): Displayed across seven sites on the Lehman campus for one month. Additional exhibit info can be found here

12/6/2018: Bronx Health & Housing Consortium 8th Annual Convening

5/8/2017: CIHE Health Equity Conference: Equity Now

This health equity conference was attended by over 500 students, faculty, and community leaders from 12 states and the five boroughs of NYC and featured a keynote speaker, two expert panels on health equity and workforce development, and two student research poster sessions with 70+ students presenting their research.

Keynote Speaker: WATCH NOW

Dr. Thomas LaVeist, Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health

Panel 1- "Equity Now": WATCH NOW


Dr. Aletha Maybank, Director, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Brenda Rosen, President and CEO, Breaking Ground for Affordable Housing
Paula Richter, Director, Health and Human Services, Bronx Borough President’s Office
Dr. Carl Mazza, Chair, Department of Social Work, Lehman College


Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, Chair, Department of Nursing, Lehman College
Dr. Bill Latimer, Dean, School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing

Panel 2- "Professional and Workforce Development": WATCH NOW


Dr. Lynne Holden, President, Mentoring in Medicine
Milton Nunez, President and CEO, Lincoln Hospital
Viviana Abreu-Hernandez, Director, Research and Programs, 1199SEIU Union
Jeff Menkes, President and CEO, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital


Dr. Catherine Alicia Georges, Chair, Department of Nursing, Lehman College
Dr. Bill Latimer, Dean, School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing