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President's Address “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time… We must move past indecision to action.”  - Martin Luther King Jr      In this spirit I would like to first thank Dr Gail Agnant for laying the foundation for a successful local chapter of the NMA.   Under her presidency we were recognized as the best small chapter of the NMA.  This award was a reflection of our actions during a challenging time of political strife, a pandemic and continued increase in health care disparities.`  Dr Agnant and the members of the board understood the “Fierce urgency of now” when they worked to offer community awareness as New York was hardest hit during the pandemic, participated in community activism to help police give mask to marginalized communities and saught to deal with real issues of women in shelters offering a stop to “Period Povertry”,  just to name a few projects.  I look forward to her continued mentorship and friendship in understanding how to navigate the framework of the NMA.      This year we continue on those efforts of building a sound structure called “Westchester Bronx Society of Black Physicians”.  The current framework requires that we reinforce alliances so as to support others that share our vision and bring into our home the combination of wisdom from those that are experience and mentor as well as receive reversed mentorship from upcoming generations to combine forces to reduce health care disparities.      For WBSBP what this looks like is establishing new roles as assistants to the board membership to offer inclusiveness  and sponsorship for those milleneal and Gen Zers that will be the future.  We look forward to collaborating further with other local societies and institutions to leverage our forces to improve population health for the most marginalized communities.  Our medical liason to government entities will help us focus on incoming policies and also serve to guide those decision makers to invest in our communities and recognize the mutual benefits of investing in intersectional groups.       I am excited this year to move further into targeting issues we face with the combine efforts of “Research & Process Improvement” methods.  We also do this with a newly cemented 5013c label offering an opportunity for receiving grants to continue our mission.     As we have entered 2022 with me as your new president, I know that I will be blessed with making new relationships and look forward to facilitating your successes.  ​I am happy to be of service. Alexandra Bastien Denis MD

Alexandra Bastien, MD

President

Guirlaine Agnant, MD

President Emeritus

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Vilma Joseph, MD

Vice President

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Tracey Straker, MD

Education

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Robert Plummer, MD

Treasurer

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Iyabo Muse, MD

Technology & Media

Dear Colleagues

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.  Procrastination is still the thief of time… We must move past indecision to action.”

 - Martin Luther King Jr

     In this spirit I would like to first thank Dr Gail Agnant for laying the foundation for a successful local chapter of the NMA.   Under her presidency we were recognized as the best small chapter of the NMA.  This award was a reflection of our actions during a challenging time of political strife, a pandemic and continued increase in health care disparities.`  Dr Agnant and the members of the board understood the “Fierce urgency of now” when they worked to offer community awareness as New York was hardest hit during the pandemic, participated in community activism to help police give mask to marginalized communities and saught to deal with real issues of women in shelters offering a stop to “Period Povertry”,  just to name a few projects.  I look forward to her continued mentorship and friendship in understanding how to navigate the framework of the NMA.

     This year we continue on those efforts of building a sound structure called “Westchester Bronx Society of Black Physicians”.  The current framework requires that we reinforce alliances so as to support others that share our vision and bring into our home the combination of wisdom from those that are experience and mentor as well as receive reversed mentorship from upcoming generations to combine forces to reduce health care disparities.

     For WBSBP what this looks like is establishing new roles as assistants to the board membership to offer inclusiveness  and sponsorship for those milleneal and Gen Zers that will be the future.  We look forward to collaborating further with other local societies and institutions to leverage our forces to improve population health for the most marginalized communities.  Our medical liason to government entities will help us focus on incoming policies and also serve to guide those decision makers to invest in our communities and recognize the mutual benefits of investing in intersectional groups. 

     I am excited this year to move further into targeting issues we face with the combine efforts of “Research & Process Improvement” methods.  We also do this with a newly cemented 5013c label offering an opportunity for receiving grants to continue our mission.

    As we have entered 2022 with me as your new president, I know that I will be blessed with making new relationships and look forward to facilitating your successes. 

I am happy to be of service.

   

Alexandra Bastien Denis MD