Creating Equitable Wellness Spaces
Zoom - Register Below
21 October, 2020


14:00 & 17:00


20:00 & 23:00


23:30 & 02:30 (+1)


03:30 (+1) & 06:30 (+1)
Day 3 of the Design for Equity | Conscious NYC | Conscious Cities Festival 2020 event series, will be: Creating Equitable Wellness Spaces. Series of Presentation – Inequity and Solutions in Wellness and Healthcare | 2:00 - 3:00pm 2020 was not an easy year. In the era of COVID-19, racial injustice, political unrest, humanitarian crises, and climate change, we face increasing mental and physical health risks now more than ever. Depression, social-isolation, and stress are indicators that our heslthcare systems, wellness spaces, and cities must take a pro-active role in supporting our wellbeing. Day 3 of the NYC festival will focus on how to create the conditions for wellbeing to become a priority in how we approach healthcare spaces, programs, and policies. See the lineup of speakers below. Round Table Discussion - Creating Equitable Education Spaces | 5:00 to 6:15pm In the afternoon, speakers will partake in a round table discussion to ideate how we can increase equity and inclusion within wellness and healthcare. From this discussion, we hope to better illuminate issues, create collaborative solutions, and spark a community for long lasting reform. Atendees will be encouraged to participate. Design for Equity | Conscious NYC | CCF 2020 | Monday October 19th-22nd “Equality does not see colour, therefore, contributes to privilege. Equity sees colour, recognizes systemic forms of racism and actively provides resources to level the playing field” ― Sope Agbelusi “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ― James Baldwin These quotes help us frame the dialogue and the flow of ideas we will explore in this year’s festival: How to recognize, discuss, and ultimately address racial equity issues in 3 different environments: education, healthcare, and neighborhoods. To kick off the first day, we will have candidates 2021 New York City mayoral election present their ideas and proposals for creating a more equitable NYC. Each day will begin with a series of 10-15 minute TED-style talks given by local, multidisciplinary, experts focusing on equity in each environment. Our experts will range across all industries and professions that touch the urban fabric - from scientists, to policy and governance, to community experts, to local practitioners, to urban innovators and architects, and more. At the end of each day, Festival viewers will be invited to join our panel of experts to co-imagine equity centered environments. It is our hope that this festival will spark a longer lasting project and lead to systemic reform.

Chief Neurosurgery Resident, Mount Sinai Health System, NYC
Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellow 2017-2019
Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Global Health and Social Medicine

Dr. Ernest Joseph Barthélemy is the Chief Resident of the Mount Sinai Health System’s Department of Neurosurgery in New York, NY. A US-born son of Haitian immigrants, Dr. Barthélemy is a life-long New Yorker who completed undergraduate studies at New York University and a master's in Applied Physiology at Teachers College of Columbia University. Subsequently, he obtained his MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, graduating in 2014 with awards in research, medical education, community service and clinical excellence. A global health practitioner focused on Haiti, Dr. Barthélemy was a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Fellow at Harvard University from 2017 to 2019, where he also completed a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health and Public Health Leadership. His current global health-related efforts include: participating on the Executive and Medical Advisory Boards of the Vassar Haiti Project, serving on the Membership and Recruiting Committee of the Haitian Medical Association Abroad, participating in the Global Health Task Force of the International League Against Epilepsy of North America, and leading the growth and expansion of the 32-member Society of Haitian Neuroscientists.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Tahilia J. Rebello is trained as a neuroscientist, and completed her doctorate in the field of Developmental Psychobiology and Pharmacology at Columbia University. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Program Manager of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Global Mental Health at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

She is on the Steering Committee for the consortium of Global Mental Health Programs at Columbia and serves as the Project Coordinator for WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) – the largest practice-based research networks for mental health in the world, consisting of over 15,000 health professionals from 158 countries who have been actively participating in research studies aimed at developing the next version of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). She manages the development and implementation of global field studies aimed at enhancing the clinical utility, global applicability, and reliability of the ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines for mental and behavioural disorders which will be used by clinicians around the world. She is also part of the global team of scientists and clinicians who are now developing a comprehensive training program for global clinicians that will facilitate the implementation of the new ICD-11.

Social Impact Consultant

Laura partners with social-minded actors across the philanthropy, social enterprise, and nonprofit sectors to help clarify and evaluate social impact. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Laura led the evaluation and learning efforts for Johnson & Johnson’s global health-focused corporate social responsibility portfolio. Laura holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University, and began her career focused on public health evaluation and data analysis with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Laura's work supports efforts to promote wellbeing for people who have been marginalized both in the U.S. and abroad.

Deputy Division Director of Operations- Behavioral Health at The Council of State Governments Justice Center

Takeesha White has over 10 years of progressive experience, in public health education and mental health promotion and service delivery in national and international settings.

Takeesha has been an active participant in improving partnerships within the five boroughs to ensure health equity and healthier environments while naming racism as a root cause for poor health outcomes. She was also a leader in the design and strategic development of Mental Health By Design and the Founding Director of Friendship Benches NYC a non-traditional approach to closing treatment gaps by employing Peers as community mental health workers to deliver counseling at the neighborhood level. Ms. White led community connectivity and digital strategies for mental health promotion for Thrive NYC and behavioral health strategy development at the Center for Health Equity.

Director of Health Equity Policy & Advocacy with the American Medical Association

Mia R. Keeys is the Director of Health Equity Policy & Advocacy with the American Medical Association. She formerly served as the Policy Director of Congresswoman Robin Kelly's (D-IL) Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust, the premier health policy arm of the CBC.

In April 2017, The National Minority Quality Forum recognized Mia as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences features Mia's children’s book on health equity—titled Cole Blue, Full of Valor—in their national archives, "Visualizing Health Equity." Mia has been a Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar; a Fellow for the City of Philadelphia in the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Health and Opportunity; and an HIV/AIDS researcher in South Africa. Mia was also a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Indonesia, where she lived and worked in various teaching, public health service and research capacities for three years, while simultaneously learning the national language, Bahasa Indonesian.

Mia holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Psychology from Cheyney University, and a Master of Arts degree in Medical Sociology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow at Meharry Medical College. Mia is also a creative non-fiction writer, with training from the University of Oxford. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA.

TEDx Talk, “The Racial Imagination Quotient.”

Robin Mazumder is an award winning urban neuroscientist with a keen interest in understanding how living in cities impacts well-being. His PhD research, funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, used wearable technology in real and immersive virtual reality settings to examine psychological and physiological responses to the urban built environment. His research interests are informed by his clinical experience working as mental health occupational therapist in the urban cores of Canadian cities, including Toronto and Edmonton. Working with individuals with mental illnesses in urban environments provoked curiosity into how different settings, from busy streets to parks, inhibited or supported wellbeing. Robin's hands-on clinical experience, in conjunction with his training in urban neuroscience, uniquely positions him to collaborate with scientists, practitioners, policy makers, and the public to create healthy urban environments. In addition to his research, Robin is an outspoken advocate for urban design that supports wellbeing, and has given more than 30 keynotes internationally on the topic. He is also passionate about science communication and has been interviewed by and written for major media publications, including the BBC, CBC, Huffington Post and Wired Magazine.