As part of Dean Augustine Choi’s commitment to strengthening the culture of diversity and inclusion at Weill Cornell Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host its 3rd Annual Diversity Week event that will take place during week of April 26th to April 30th, 2020. This years Diversity Week will include two keynote addresses by Julie K. Silver, MD is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Robert W. Livingston, PhD a Lecturer of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. An array of events will take place throughout the week featuring Diversity Grand Round talks from experts in their fields, health disparity and mentoring in medicine symposiums, paneled events centered around work-life balance, women in science, and LGBT issues in medicine, among others. In addition, winners of the Dean's Diversity and Healthcare Disparities Research Awards, Pioneers in Diversity Awards, and the Jessica M. and Natan Bibliowicz Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty will be honored during an evening celebration of diversity. Stay tuned for more information and a scheduled list of events!
"The Importance of Diverse Representation in Clinical Research: The All of Us Research Program" Diversity Week Keynote Lecture Video Link
Dara Richardson-Heron, MD, Chief Engagement Officer of the All of Us Research Program, is leading efforts to engage and retain one million or more volunteers in a landmark effort to advance innovative health research that may lead to more precise treatments and prevention strategies. All of Us, a cornerstone initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to build one of the largest biomedical data sets in the world, involving participants from diverse communities across the United States. Richardson-Heron is responsible for forging partnerships with research participants, health care professionals, and national and community-based organizations to raise awareness of the program, with a special focus on populations that have been historically underrepresented in research. She is also working with the NIH and All of Us Senior Leadership Team to develop strategies for creative and innovative programmatic efforts and enhancements.
Richardson-Heron has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the health care, corporate and nonprofit sectors, having served in Executive leadership positions at YWCA USA, Inc., Susan G. Komen for the Cure, United Cerebral Palsy Association and Consolidated Edison of New York, Inc.
Dr. Richardson-Heron is a physician by trade and an advocate by choice who is passionate about leveraging her skills, experience and expertise to make the world a better place. She holds a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Barnard College.