Chats for Change | Mount Sinai


Activities that spark conversations.


Below is the Spring 2022 Chats for Change schedule. If you are a member of the Mount Sinai Health System, you are welcome to join us for these sessions.

This season we are introducing new Chats for Change topics and facilitators. Starting in February we will offer a new “deeper dive” series that will focus on one white supremacy culture characteristic each month. Join us as we deepen the dialogue about how these characteristics manifest and what we can do about them. The RBIxCAP Fellows are covering topics informed by their projects and interests. You don’t want to miss any of these chats! Register today.

Chats for Change | Spring 2022

May 2022

Racism x Mental Health Part II: Disparities in Access to Mental Healthcare

BIPOC communities have decreased access to high-quality mental health care. Rates of mental illnesses in African Americans are similar with those of the general population. However, only one-in-three African Americans who need mental health care receive it. Join us as we examine the barriers to healthcare and consider equitable solutions.

Facilitator: Ashley Michelle Fowler, MEd and Alicia Hurtado, MD
Tuesday, May 3 | 12-1 pm | Join us on Zoom.  


Racial Capitalism and Medicine

Is racial capitalism a fundamental cause of disease? Join us as we explore the idea that racialized exploitation and capital accumulation are mutually constitutive and directly impact access to care, relationships with the pharmaceutical industry, and quality of care. 

Facilitator: Leona Hess, PhD
Tuesday, May 10 | 12-1 pm | Join us on Zoom.  


Equity Lens: How Does it WOrk?

We say we want to be equitable, but what does it really mean in practice? Join us as we discuss how, why, and when to use an equity lens—a tool designed to help decision-makers and teams focus on equity in both their process and outcomes.

Facilitator: Peter Zweig and Alia Barnes, MPH
Tuesday, May 17| 12-1 pm | Join us on Zoom.  


Deeper Dive Series | White Supremacy Culture Characteristics: Either, Or, & Binary

Black or White. Right or Wrong. Man or Woman. Racist or not Racist. We live in a world that uses binaries to describe a diverse spectrum of human behavior and experience. How does this limit us? How do binaries place us in boxes? Who benefits from those boxes? Join us as we imagine a workplace, learning environment, and world built beyond the binary and lean into the “both and.”

Facilitator: Jay Johnson, CHES
Tuesday, May 24 | 12-1 pm | Join us on Zoom.  


Racism x Homelessness

In 2020, the homeless population in the United States was around 600,000 people. Isolated and ostracized by society, people experiencing homelessness suffer interpersonal and institutional violence, with a disproportionate amount of people stemming from Black and Brown communities. Join us as we discuss the implications of homelessness from a public health and racial justice lens, and re-imagine an equity-focused approach.

Facilitator: Jay Johnson, CHES and Jenn Meyer, LMSW, MPH
Tuesday, May 31 | 12-1 pm | Join us on Zoom.  
These sessions are intended for the Mount Sinai Health System community of students, faculty, and staff. After registering for any of the sessions above you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting, including an option to add the invitation to your calendar.

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