- by Mount Saint Mary College

Mount Saint Mary College’s Desmond Center for Community Engagement and Wellness will host a two-part virtual discussion of healthcare disparities and women of color on Wednesday, May 18 at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30 p.m. 

The talks are free and open to the public. To attend via Zoom, register at 

Part one will discuss the question, “What are the issues in the healthcare system impacting women of color?” Panelists will include Dr. Irina Gelman, Commissioner of Health, Orange County, and the talk will be moderated by Michelle McKeon, Chief Operating Officer at Regional Economic Community Action Program.

Part two will look into solutions and work currently being done addressing these issues in our community. Panelists will include Chloe Vital, director and strategist, Mid-Hudson Chocolate Milk and Certified Lactation Specialist; Aura Lopez-Zarate, organizing manager, Planned Parenthood; and Cynthia Barton, Pregnancy Support Navigator, St. Lukes Montefiore. The panel will be moderated by Genesis Ramos, executive director of the Desmond Center for Community Engagement & Wellness.

Funded in part by grants from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation and New York State’s Higher Education Capital (HECap) program, the Desmond Center offers educational workshops, family counseling services, fitness checks, immunizations, professional development events, and more for the local community. 

Additional community wellness programs will be announced in the coming weeks. 

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