Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs

Our mission at the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs is to eliminate health disparities through a nationally recognized center structure using innovative, integrative, and coordinated approaches to patient care, education, and research in community settings. We strive to improve the health of all populations by diversifying the clinical workforce, conducting research, and influencing health policy at all levels.

The overall health of U.S. citizens has improved tremendously in recent decades. Despite these advantages, though, racial and ethnic health disparities in death, disease, and disability persist. We believe that we can address these concerns by strengthening the relationships among research, education, training, practice, and policy.

We aim to increase the level of diversity in our clinical and research workforce by growing our own future leaders in medicine and science through curriculum, student affairs, admissions, and research.

"At the age of 15, I started working with Dr. Bottone in his microbiology laboratory. I was learning about the latest laboratory techniques and sitting in lectures in one of the world's leading hospitals. I could not have been prouder of myself. For the first time, I was presented with the idea that if I studied and worked hard, I could one day become a doctor, and work in a hospital like Dr. Bottone. I now specialize in community psychiatry and work with the under served immigrant population in New York City."

- Alicia Hurtado, MD (ISMMS Alumni and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Faculty Advisor)

We work to reduce health disparities by engaging in a wide range of departmental, institutional, and community-oriented activities designed to enhance the capabilities of our faculty, staff, and students through research, training, and education to engage with and care for culturally diverse patient populations. Specifically, we develop these areas:

  • Advocacy through community engagement
  • Curricula focused on identity politics and cultural perspectives
  • Foreign language proficiency in health care (Medical Spanish and Medical Mandarin)
  • Institutional research partnerships focused on health disparities
  • Minority and health disparities research opportunities
  • Workforce diversity in the health and science professions

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