The Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs

A Unit of the Mount Sinai Health System Office for Diversity and Inclusion

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has made an institutional investment in diversity and inclusion since 1998 when the Department of Medical Education established the Office for Multicultural and Community Affairs (OMCA) under the leadership of Dr. Gary Butts, MD. Twenty years ago, the OMCA focused on the recruitment of and development and implementation of programs, activities, and procedures designed to enhance the academic success, retention, and personal development of students from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented in medicine as a result of winning awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Center of Excellence (COE) in Minority Health award in 2002 and its Health Career Opportunities Program (HCOP) which has been funded since 2008.

Today and now known as the Patricia S. Levinson Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs , named after a longstanding Trustee and devoted supporter of our work, the CMCA is one of three units of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) where we work collectively advance diversity and inclusion across New York State’s largest academic hospital system. The ODI’s broad focus is reduce health disparities by engaging in a wide range of system-wide, departmental, institutional, and community-oriented activities designed to enhance the capabilities of our faculty, staff, students, trainees, and employees through research, training, and education to engage with and care for culturally diverse patient populations.

At ISMMS, the CMCA unit has evolved into becoming the School’s longstanding diversity center and a driving force to cultivate, integrate, and advance the principles of diversity and inclusion in the systems, structures, policies, practices, and mindsets among our students, trainees, faculty and staff at ISMMS.  The mission of CMCA 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 work of CMCA is closely linked to ODI’s two other units, the Center for Excellence in Youth Education and Corporate Health System Affairs, largely through education and training and talent and youth pipeline programs. The Center for Excellence in Youth Education (CEYE) unit is located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and operates a range of school-year and summer science enrichment programs geared to youth belonging to groups that are underrepresented in medicine and science. Learn more about ODI’s Center for Excellence in Youth Education.

The Corporate Health System Affairs (CHSA) Unit is located in the corporate services building at 150 East 42nd Street and recommends and establishes best practices in diversity management to engage the organization in cultural effectiveness, address disparities and enhance the patient experience. Leads and promotes dedicated programs for LGBT Health, People with Disabilities, Supplier Diversity and Youth Talent Pipeline Programs. Learn more about the ODI’s Corporate Health System Affairs.

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