The Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian Announces External Advisory Board

May 25, 2021

New York, NY

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The Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian, which aims to understand and address the root causes of health inequities, today announced the members of its inaugural External Advisory Board.

“We are honored and excited to announce the members of the External Advisory Board of the Dalio Center for Health Justice. This extraordinary group of leaders, with diverse perspectives and experience working on equity issues, will bring critical insight to our work,” said Dr. Julia Iyasere, executive director of the Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian. “We are deeply grateful for their guidance and look forward to working together to achieve real progress.”

The members are:

Aaron Bernstein, M.D., MPH

Dr. Aaron Bernstein is the interim director of The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and well-being of children around the world.

Geoffrey Canada

Geoffrey Canada created and is the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a birth-through-college network of programs that today serves more than 13,000 low-income students and families in a 97-block area of Central Harlem in New York City. Canada is a leading advocate for children and innovator in the field of education. He grew up in the South Bronx, raised by a single mother, and has vowed to help children who grew up in disadvantaged circumstances to succeed through education.

Joyce Chang, MPA

Joyce Chang is chair of global research for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank, a global leader in banking, markets and investor services. She serves on the Board of Directors of Trickle Up and Girls Inc. and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the senior sponsor for J.P. Morgan’s Corporate and Investment Bank Women on the Move Network, the network for employees of Asian heritage (AsPIRE) and Nonprofit Board Service.

Lisa David, MBA

Lisa David is the president and CEO of Public Health Solutions (PHS), a NYC-based nonprofit that supports vulnerable families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. During her tenure, David has advanced PHS’s impact through neighborhood services in high-need communities; financial and administrative support to 200+ NYC nonprofits tackling major public health issues; and a client-centered approach to integrating health care and social services.

David Garza

David Garza is the president and CEO of Henry Street Settlement, the 127-year-old Lower East Side social service, arts, and health care organization serving more than 50,000 community members each year. Appointed in 2010 after nine years at the Settlement, Garza—a longtime advocate for expanding education and employment opportunities, fair and affordable housing, and strong and healthy families—had previously led the agency’s Workforce Development Center.

Freda Lewis Hall, M.D., DFAPA, MFPM

Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall has been on the front lines of health care as a clinician, educator, researcher and leader in the biopharmaceuticals and life sciences industries. She served as Pfizer, Inc.’s chief medical officer and executive vice president until the end of 2018 and as chief patient officer and executive vice president during 2019. Dr. Lewis-Hall expanded outreach to patients, reshaped the focus on patient engagement and inclusion, improved health information and education and amplified the voice of the patient within company culture and decision-making.

Saru Jayaraman, JD

Saru Jayaraman is the president of One Fair Wage and director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. She organizes and advocates for raising wages and working conditions for restaurant and other service workers. Jayaraman was listed in CNN’s “Top 10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and received a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a national bestseller, Forked: A New Standard for American Dining, and most recently Bite Back.

Jennifer March, Ph.D.

As executive director of the Citizens’ Committee for Children (CCC) of New York, Dr. Jennifer March has been a driving force behind CCC’s efforts to leverage administrative and participatory data on New York’s children, families and communities as key tools in effective advocacy. Through her leadership, CCC has spearheaded cross sector campaigns to secure policy, budget and legislative solutions to persistent inequity.

Joanne M. Oplustil, MS, MA

Joanne Oplustil is the president and chief executive officer of CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization that provides social services to New Yorkers in need. A native of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Oplustil is responsible for all aspects of the agency’s management, operational, planning, and development activities, including more than 165 separate economic development, education and youth development, family support, health, housing, and legal services programs serving more than 65,000 children and adults, immigrants and the homeless.

Jonathan F. P. Rose

Jonathan F.P. Rose is president and founder of Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning and investment firm. His business, public policy, writing and not-for-profit work focuses on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. He has led the firm in developing new projects, investment funds and city plans to model solutions integrating the issues of affordable housing, community development, culture and the environment.

Judith A. Salerno, M.D., MS

Dr. Judith Salerno is president of the New York Academy of Medicine and is leading its strategic vision to advance health equity. A physician executive and one of the nation’s preeminent leaders in health and health care, Dr. Salerno most recently served as president and CEO of Susan G. Komen™, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.

About the Dalio Center for Health Justice

The Dalio Center for Health Justice at NewYork-Presbyterian is dedicated to understanding and improving health equity, addressing health justice, and driving action that results in measurable improvements in health outcomes for all. The center aims to reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect communities of color. A convener, collaborator and grantor, the Dalio Center for Health Justice brings together renowned experts in diverse fields to fuel change and support health justice among NewYork-Presbyterian team members, our patients and communities, and ultimately local and national policy. The Dalio Center for Health Justice was established with support from Dalio Philanthropies, whose founder, Ray Dalio, is a NewYork-Presbyterian Trustee and an important thought partner behind the Center.

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