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Robert F. Smith Pledges $3.8M To Build Mobile Unit That Helps Black Men Be Proactive About Prostate Health

It’s time for Black men to take their health more seriously, and this new initiative is here to help! Kicking off Minority Health Awareness Month on April 1, Robert F. Smith joined forces with Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, Cedric the Entertainer, and Charlamagne Tha God to launch the Mount Sinai Robert F. Smith Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening Bus. The overall goal of the new state-of-the-art technology-run bus is to help raise awareness around prostate cancer by providing an opportunity for testing for the disease that has significantly taken a toll on the Black community. “Perhaps the most concerning thing I’ve seen throughout my involvement with prostate cancer research efforts is the lack of knowledge within those communities hit hardest by this disease,” said Smith in an exclusive email interview with AfroTech. “Black men are 76% more likely to develop high-risk prostate cancer and twice as likely to die from it. And yet, until recently there was very little awareness about the...

Shanique Yates

Apr 11, 2022

Mount Sinai Launches Program Committed to Boosting Black Women in Executive Roles

The healthcare system in America lacks diversity when it comes to its leaders, especially appointing Black women to these senior-level positions. To remedy this, Mount Sinai Health System has announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind mentoring program aimed at increasing the recruitment and elevation of Black women to executive roles. Black Women Leaders Connect — a first-of-its-kind initiative uplifting the next generation of leaders within Mount Sinai and in the healthcare community — was launched by Mount Sinai’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The group has made it a point to create more space for Black women leaders in healthcare to make new connections and support one another. The overall goal is to help these women become role models and mentors in the organization, and ultimately drive change within the executive space. “Several years ago, I realized that many of our Black women leaders across the system did not know one another. From the sheer desire to make...

Njera Perkins

Mar 9, 2021