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You're Invited to PNHP - NY Metro's
Annual Student Forum: 
Segregation in the NYC Healthcare System

When: Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 - 9:00 PM

Where: Mt. Sinai Beth Israel’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East @ E. 14th Street, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Featured Speakers:

Michael Danziger, ScM: 3rd-year Medical Student, SUNY Downstate; Students for a National Health Program
Akila Pai, BA: 2nd-year Medical Student, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS)
Rachel Wilkinson, BS: 2nd-year Medical Student, ISMMS
Conner Fox, BA: 3rd-year Medical Student, ISMMS
Alec Feuerbach, BS, BA: PNHP - NY Metro Student Fellow, MD Candidate 2020, ISMMS

Join PNHP - NY Metro and student leaders from medical and public health schools across the city for a presentation about segregated care within our healthcare system. This month's forum was planned by PNHP's student arm, Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP), which has grown to over 50 chapters nationwide, with 8 chapters in the NY Metro area.

While explicitly expressed racism in healthcare may be less prevalent today, many institutions continue to offer tiered access to care based on one’s insurance type (private vs. public). For example, the Mount Sinai Hospital System has a storied past of separating patients based on their insurance status, including physically separating privately-insured maternity patients from those with public insurance until the mid-1990’s. Still today, many of the hospital’s outpatient clinics are physically separated based on insurance-type. Given the demographics of NYC, the majority of patients with public insurance are ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities. As such, institutions that provide stratified care perpetuate segregation.

The forum will be framed by a discussion of the history of segregation in our healthcare system. Then, medical students’ perspectives and work will be highlighted. Michael Danziger will discuss how this segregation can be seen at the geographic level using maternal morbidity and mortality as a case study. Rachel Wilkinson, Akila Pai, and Conner Fox will discuss how segregation can be seen within an institution, and share the work that they have been leading with colleagues at Mt. Sinai to address this issue. Finally, Alec Feuerbach will discuss how single payer, and specifically the New York Health Act, would address segregation in our healthcare system. 

Background info: a study published in 2017, with participation by PNHP leaders, finding that hospitals in New York City segregated by race and insurance status, and that many Black and low-income New Yorkers are shut out of major academic hospitals.

After the event, join students for "SNaHPPY" hour at a local bar [TBA at the event]. 
Endorsed by: Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)

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Other Upcoming Events:

Fri., Oct. 5 (7:00-10:00 PM) - Power to Heal: Film and Panel Discussion on Racial Segregation in Healthcare - co-sponsored by Democratic Socialists of America, PNHP - NY Metro, and other health justice organizations. At Verso Books, 20 Jay Street Suite 1010, Brooklyn. (Please see link for more info)

Tues., Oct. 23 (7:30-9:00 PM) - PNHP NY Metro Forum on Long-Term Care and Single Payer, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel 

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10 - PNHP National Meeting, San Diego (Please see link for more info)

Tues., Nov. 27 (7:30-9:00 PM) - PNHP NY Metro Forum on Veterans Care and Single Payer, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel 

Tues., Dec. 11 (7:30-9:00 PM) - PNHP NY Metro Post-Election Forum on Single Payer: Where Do We Go From Here?, Mt. Sinai Beth Israel