Equity and Access in Medicine

Register for our free, discussion based event series.

EVENT 1 : September 1st, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Acknowledging Racial Inequality in Medical Education

Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D.

Rosalind Gregory-Bass, M.D., M.S. is the Director of the Health Careers Program, as well as, Chair and Associate Professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences Department at Spelman College. After receiving a Bachelor's of Science degree from Spelman College, Dr. Gregory-Bass received her M.S. and M.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. Her passion is in developing curricula and innovative experiences that facilitate the training of the nation’s next generation of healthcare professionals. She has worked at Spelman College for 16 years and has assisted in the career development and acceptance of over 250 students into the nation's top graduate and professional schools. As president-elect for the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, she is committed to advocating for students and developing policies that seek to enhance diversity and inclusion in healthcare.

Director of the Health Careers Program, Associate Professor in the Environmental and Health Sciences Program, Spelman College

PANELISTS

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, NCMP, FACOG

Dr. Richard-Davis is a native of south Louisiana, born in Opelousas and grew up in Baton Rouge. She is the Executive Director for the UAMS Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is also a tenured Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Division Director for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, as well as Medical Director for the Physician Assistants program. Dr. Richard-Davis has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health and reproductive endocrinology and in general obstetrics and gynecology. She has served in leadership positions in medical professional societies, including the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG). She recently joined the Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at UAMS as Executive Director. Throughout her career she has been a fierce supporter and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. Much of her work in research has been focused on conditions that disproportionately affects women of color.

University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS), Executive Director, Div of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology



Brianna Spell

As a Black and Latina first year medical student, I understand the challenges of navigating the journey to medical school as an underrepresented minority in medicine. In our pursuit of the goal of becoming a physician every medical student has a unique background and experiences to share about their journey along the way. My passions in medicine include the intersection of medicine with sociology and I am currently studying for my masters in Urban Bioethics at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.


Temple University School of Medicine MS1


MODERATED BY

Natecia D. Smith

Natecia Smith is a 10-year Kaplan veteran, first generation student, Florida native (born and raised!),with a long standing passion for educational equity. Her passion for education and for improving educational opportunities started from her personal experiences navigating school and resources as a young black woman in a primarily white elementary school district and eventually in an under-resourced, minoritized magnet Middle school. This passion translated in many ways throughout her career from tutoring at local schools, supporting international English Language Learners in College, having an Academic focus in History to better understand the context that led to current challenges, and now working as the Senior Manager of Academics for the Kaplan Partner Solutions team. When Natecia is not pursuing her educational passions she can be found listening to podcasts, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Senior Manager, Academics Implementation, KPS Programs

EVENT 2 : September 22nd, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Bodies for Science: History of Experimentation on People of Color

Kyle D. Goble, M.Sc.

Kyle D. Goble, M.Sc. is a southern Arizona native and Georgia transplant. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in Physiology at the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in the Science of Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University. He is currently a second-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University where he serves as the Chair of Health Policy & Legislative Affairs for the MCG Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Equality Clinic of Augusta, and the President of the MCG Pediatrics Interest Group. Mr. Goble has pursued and contributed to understanding and eliminating health inequity through academic research, by teaching about foundational causes of health inequity, and by working to protect and restore the integrity of medical education and the healing professions through leadership and advocacy.


Second-Year Medical Student, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Community Outreach Coordinator, The Equality Clinic of Augusta, Inc.

Ilonka (ilon) Rincon Portas, M.D.

Ilonka (ilon) Rincon Portas graduated as an MD in Venezuela in 2004, where they worked as an Emergency/Expedition Doctor until January 2009, working in different settings that included a year in the Amazon jungle. Moved to the United States; took the Steps and started working for Kaplan Medical in 2010 as an integral part of the Curriculum Development Team creating medical content for all USMLE steps, as well as teaching both students and medical faculty with a special interest in clinical skills.

Associate Director of Facilitation and Clinical Skills, Kaplan Medical


PANELISTS

Nicole Sparks, OB-GYN

Dr. Sparks is an OB-GYN Physician in the North Atlanta area, wife and mother of two. She is passionate about women’s health and believes every woman should learn how to be their own best advocate. She began her blog in 2016 where she discusses various topics from health and wellness to Lifetsyle and motherhood. She also aspires to show women that we can indeed balance medicine and motherhood. Her goal is to inspire more minority women to go into medicine.

Physician, North Atlanta Women’s Care


Cathy A. Williams-Langley, D.M.D.

I was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Queens. Went to college at Syracuse University where I realized there was a huge disparity in education in the inner city. I then attended Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and learned about health disparities based on the populations that I treated. I am a diaspora historian and I travel to learn more and understand African diaspora.

Dentist, Independent Contractor 

MODERATED BY

Natecia D. Smith

Natecia Smith is a 10-year Kaplan veteran, first generation student, Florida native (born and raised!),with a long standing passion for educational equity. Her passion for education and for improving educational opportunities started from her personal experiences navigating school and resources as a young black woman in a primarily white elementary school district and eventually in an under-resourced, minoritized magnet Middle school. This passion translated in many ways throughout her career from tutoring at local schools, supporting international English Language Learners in College, having an Academic focus in History to better understand the context that led to current challenges, and now working as the Senior Manager of Academics for the Kaplan Partner Solutions team. When Natecia is not pursuing her educational passions she can be found listening to podcasts, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Senior Manager, Academics Implementation, KPS Programs

Rhoda K. Tamakloe

Rhoda Tamakloe is the Director of Operations for the Kaplan Educational Foundation. She earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing a Master's in Higher Education at Purdue University Global. Always active in her community, Rhoda discovered her true passion for mentoring and college access while running a teen support group for high school girls during her time at Wesleyan. She currently volunteers as an admissions representative for her alma maters Phillips Exeter Academy and Wesleyan University and serves on the board of Startingbloc, a nonprofit focused on empowering leaders in the social impact space. Rhoda currently resides in her hometown of Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Director of Operations, Kaplan Educational Foundation

EVENT 3 : October 15th, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Black Pain Matters: How Historical Medical Assumptions about Black Pain Thresholds Impact Care

PANELISTS

Addie Netsanet

Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Addie moved to the United States at the age of four. Before entering medical school, Addie completed her Bachelor's Degree in Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, then completed one year of cardiology research and clinical apprenticeship. As a first year medical student, Addie is embarking on a journey in conducting cardiovascular research at the Children's Hospital Colorado Heart Lung Center. As a student, Addie has been involved in co-founding a racial bias Book Club, as well as co-founding the Pre-Health Achievement Association, an organization that that helps underrepresented minority pre-health students gain experiences in some of the “intangible”, yet vital, aspects of getting into health professions schools, such as gaining access to a mentor, pursuing research and clinical opportunities, and completing focused personal statement and interview preparation. Addie is passionate about facilitating a synergetic relationship between practicing effective healthcare delivery and cross-cultural awareness, and hopes to continuously grow as an advocate for racial justice in the medical field.

M.D. Candidate 2024, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

MODERATED BY

Natecia D. Smith

Natecia Smith is a 10-year Kaplan veteran, first generation student, Florida native (born and raised!),with a long standing passion for educational equity. Her passion for education and for improving educational opportunities started from her personal experiences navigating school and resources as a young black woman in a primarily white elementary school district and eventually in an under-resourced, minoritized magnet Middle school. This passion translated in many ways throughout her career from tutoring at local schools, supporting international English Language Learners in College, having an Academic focus in History to better understand the context that led to current challenges, and now working as the Senior Manager of Academics for the Kaplan Partner Solutions team. When Natecia is not pursuing her educational passions she can be found listening to podcasts, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Senior Manager, Academics Implementation, KPS Programs

Aishwarya Pillai

Aishwarya studied chemical engineering and biology at the University of Florida prior to starting medical school. Since matriculating, she’s grown very interested in the overlap between the humanities and medicine. She is currently a third year medical student at Yale University.

MS3, Yale School of Medicine

Zonía Moore

Zonía Moore is an MD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine. Zonía is also a poet and photographer. She is highly motivated to address equity-related issues in today's world with innovation and advocacy, and can be reached on twitter @tzoniaa or online at zoniamoore.com.

 B.A., Second Year Medical Student, University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Lee Sánchez

Nancy Lee Sánchez is the Executive Director for the Kaplan Educational Foundation. Nancy is responsible for the design and implementation of the Kaplan Leadership Program, a community college to four-year advisement model, focusing on selective college admissions, developing the whole student while preparing them for a lifetime of socially conscious leadership. Nancy has over 18 years of expertise providing access, improving the college experience, and supporting leadership among low-income, underrepresented and non-traditional students. As a 2014 National Hispanic Executive Leadership Fellow, Nancy completed an Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Nancy’s educational journey started at Kingsborough Community College, where she earned an AAS, went on to earn a BA from Long Island University and holds an MA from Brooklyn College.

Executive Director, Kaplan Educational Foundation

EVENT 4 : November 5th, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST

Racial Disparities in Mental Health Care

Tiffany Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Tiffany N. Brown is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Adjunct Professor. She earned her doctorate from Howard University and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Penn Medicine: University of Pennsylvania Health System. Through Dr. Tiffany N Brown PLLC, Dr. Brown provides therapy to individuals and families, and she works closely with businesses and organizations to provide mental health education via workshops, speaking engagements, and private consultations. At the University of Pennsylvania, she works as the psychologist for Perelman School of Medicine and specializes in the mental health of medical students.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Tiffany N Brown PLLC, Staff Psychologist/Embedded Psychologist, University of Pennsylvania

PANELISTS

Michelle Chinenye Oyeka, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Oyeka is a resident psychiatrist passionate in addressing and researching socioeconomic disparities as they relate to health and wellness. She is also a graduate of Duke University and former Bill Gates Millenium Scholar, opportunities which have allowed her the opportunity to pursue a career in medicine and mental health. She is finishing her residency at Texas Tech El Paso.

PGY2 Resident of Psychiatry at Texas Tech Health Science Center El Paso


Gabrielle Davis, MPH, MA, LPC, RRT, RRT-AACS, RRT-NPS, CTTS, CHES

Gabrielle Davis (she/her) is a respiratory therapist and counselor in Idaho. Outside of the health/ mental health care field, Gabby is an adjunct professor at a local university and is the facilitator for Youth Alliance for Diversity, a LGBTQIA+ youth group in Boise where she gets to be constantly reminded why kids are better than adults. In her free time, Gabby enjoys reminding people that Black, Queer and Trans Lives are included when saying 'Black Lives Matter', dispelling myths about the definition of allyship, encouraging folks to say I don't know instead of pretending to know and bringing awareness to the fact that nicotine is one of the most addictive substances. Gabrielle lives in Boise with her wife and enjoys being a professional troublemaker whenever her time allows.

COPD & Nicotine Cessation Program Coordinator at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho & Mental Health Counselor at Ambitions of Idaho in Nampa, Idaho


MODERATED BY

Sandrine Etienne, LMSW

Sandrine Etienne is a licensed social worker based in the New York City area with sixteen years of experience in the healthcare field. She works directly with people of color who are dealing with chronic and debilitating illness with a focus on providing resources that can help them adapt to life changing events. Sandrine is a published writer, podcaster and founder of MissGuidedNotions.com -- a social and digital platform focusing on topics dealing with racial disparities in health care, self-advocacy, education and empowerment.

Licensed Social Worker & Founder of MissGuidedNotions.com

Natecia D. Smith

Natecia Smith is a 10-year Kaplan veteran, first generation student, Florida native (born and raised!),with a long standing passion for educational equity. Her passion for education and for improving educational opportunities started from her personal experiences navigating school and resources as a young black woman in a primarily white elementary school district and eventually in an under-resourced, minoritized magnet Middle school. This passion translated in many ways throughout her career from tutoring at local schools, supporting international English Language Learners in College, having an Academic focus in History to better understand the context that led to current challenges, and now working as the Senior Manager of Academics for the Kaplan Partner Solutions team. When Natecia is not pursuing her educational passions she can be found listening to podcasts, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Senior Manager, Academics Implementation, KPS Programs

Kavisha A. Thakkar, MS3

Kavisha Thakkar is a 3rd year medical student at the University of Connecticut. She has had a longstanding interest in researching and discussing health disparities in medicine.  Her past research has included examination of disparities in maternal health, as well as mental health in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She hopes to use her research, as well as personal experiences to shed light on the prevalence and pervasiveness of racial disparities in mental health.

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

OUR EQUITY AND ACCESS MISSION

We believe that Kaplan has a role to play in working towards a system where all students have equitable access to educational resources, regardless of race, class, or gender.


We seek to contribute to a critical understanding of the historical and present-day barriers confronting people who experience marginalization and minoritization in education and we are committed to being an active participant in the fundamental institutional shifts that must take place to ensure equity and access to all students.


To achieve this goal, we are partnering with students, educators, and institutional stakeholders to work towards the transformation of learning spaces―beginning with acknowledgement of the systemic inequalities that exist within the education system and leading towards actionable solutions to eradicate educational injustices.


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