Passing of Chairman CEO Kaiser Permanente Dr. Bernard J Tyson

The chairman and CEO of the nation’s largest managed health care organization, Kaiser Permanente, Bernard J. Tyson, died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 60.

Bernard Tyson rose through the ranks from intern to the leader of the health care giant, based in Oakland, CA, a career that spanned 35 years. Tyson became Kaiser’s CEO in 2013 and was named Chairman in 2014, leading the nonprofit foundation that operates integrated managed care, hospitals and regional medical groups in California, seven other states and Washington, D.C. In his six-year tenure, as CEO, the company grew from 9.1 million members to 12.3 million, and employed more than 215,000 workers, up from 174,000. The company’s annual revenue also grew to nearly $80 million last year from $53 billion in 2013.

Tyson, who was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2017, was the first African American to lead a major national health care chain, and became a prominent black voice on race relations, equity in health care and the need for affordable care in America. As CEO, Tyson was an outspoken advocate for racial equity, both in health care and in the world of business, often noting the racial disparities in healthcare as well as the everyday struggle of being a black man in America. In 2014 he sparked a national conversation about race after he wrote an article centered around the shooting of Michael Brown.

“You would think my experience as a top executive would be different from a black man who is working in a retail or food service job to support his family,” Tyson wrote. “Yet, he and I both understand the commonality of the black male experience that remains consistent no matter what the economic status or job title.”

Tyson was vocal in his support of the Affordable Care Act, as he told the Wall Street Journal in 2017, he was committed to keeping Kaiser in the ACA exchanges despite market instability, while other health care providers like Aetna backed out.

“The NMA mourns the untimely death of Bernard J Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. He demonstrated the heights to which an African American executive in the healthcare industry can rise. During his time as CEO at Kaiser, he implemented programs to move forward African American physicians and other healthcare professionals. Though his passing was sudden it will not diminish the highest degree of respect that the NMA held for this healthcare giant. The work that he began will be continued by those of us who follow in his wake. The NMA will long cherish his accomplishments to the healthcare industry.”

Oliver T. Brooks, MD President,
National Medical Association

Bernard James Tyson was born January 20, 1959, in Vallejo, CA, one of seven children born to Moses Tyson, a carpenter and part-time minister, and his wife, Billie, a homemaker. It was his mother’s frequent visits to hospitals for diabetes that inspired him to seek a career in health care, he said in a 2015 Bloomberg interview “My mom was sick from diabetes, so we were in hospitals a lot, and I decided I wanted to run my own,” he told Bloomberg. It was those tough times in Vallejo General Hospital that proved formative.

“I’ve always had this calling,” he told the San Francisco Business Times in 2015, remarking how his childhood experiences were influenced by “wonderful people in white coats who genuinely acted like they cared for my mother.”Tyson is survived by his wife, media executive and entrepreneur Denise Bradley-Tyson, and three sons, Bernard Jr., Alexander and Charles.

2016 ESMA Student Research Poster Competition

Please share this exciting opportunity for High School, Undergraduate and Graduate Students (including Medical School)




 Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2016

The Empire State Medical Association (ESMA) is pleased to announce their 8th Annual Student Research Poster Competition. Each year, ESMA holds this competition to create an environment for high school, undergraduate and graduate students to share ideas and research findings.  The posters are evaluated by a committee comprised of ESMA members and are judged on the basis of quality, significance to the field, thoroughness, and clarity of presentation.

The Empire State Medical Association is the New York affiliate of The National Medical Association (NMA) which promotes the collective interests of physicians and patients of African descent. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies.


  • The competitor must be a student enrolled in a high school, college, university or medical school at the time the research was undertaken and completed.
  • The competitor must have completed original research.  The competitor’s Research Advisor must be able to attest that the competitor’s work is original research of the type that is characteristic of the field.
  • The competitor must be listed as first or second author of the paper from which the poster is presented.
  • The competitor must attend the poster presentation and judging sessions during the conference on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in New York City, NY.
  • The competitor must be of African/Latin descent.

Scholarships Awarded to Winners in Each Category

High School, Undergraduate and Graduate/Medical School


A Meeting of the Minds: Panel Discussion on Suicidal Behavior and Depression in the Minority Community

Catalyst Network Foundation Inc.

A Meeting of the Minds
“Panel Discussion on Suicidal Behavior & Depression in the Minority Community”

Wednesday, July 15th | 6:00 – 8:30pm | TAJ Lounge: 48 W 21st Street

Complimentary Appetizers & 2 for 1 Drink Specials

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In Partnership with the New York City Chapters of:

National Society of Black Engineers
Dominican Bar Association
Metropolitan Black Bar Association
New York Association of Black Journalists
National Black MBA Association


Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH; Associate Professor at the Silver School of Social Work, New York University. Dr. Lindsey is a child and adolescent mental health services researcher, and is particularly interested in the prohibitive factors that lead to unmet mental health need among vulnerable youth with serious psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Dr. Lindsey is the author of the blog “Nerve-us” Breakdown.

Michelle Hope MA; Sexologist: A passionate edu-tainer, she combines her love of pop-culture, entertainment, and sexuality into opportunities that educate and motivate. Holding a master’s degree in Human Development and extensive post graduate training in sexuality, Michelle applies an awareness of the holistic implications of sexuality on one’s life and presents information on the many different ways it intersects with various social identities: race, class, gender, sexual orientation.

Dr. Karinn A. Glover, MD; Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is former Vice President of BPGNY, and Co-Founder and Principal Partner at Thrive Mindfulness Project.

Tanya S. Odums, LCSW-R; is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Assistant Principal/Director of Wellness and Preventive at Brooklyn Generation School. She also serves as a Mental Health Consultant for Community Counseling and Mediation and The Terrie Williams Agency. She is a contributor to the book, “ Black Pain: It just looks like we are not hurting”, written by Terrie Williams.

Dr. Dwayne Seymour, PhD, LMSW; is currently a Vice President of Behavioral Health and Business Development for a Health Provider in Upper Manhattan. He earned a MSW from Columbia University. He possess a LMSW, MBA, and PhD. His scholarship is focused on the empowerment and strengthening of families in crisis and, more in particular, families of African descent.


Bert Gervais: Founder of Success Mentor Education. He is a national best-selling author, speaker, and he is the coordinator for Project D.R.E.AM. A mentor program for the children of incarcerated parents.


Invitation to Attend Morgan’s Big Biology Test Play on Sunday, June 28 at Harlem Hospital Center

Date:  Sunday, June 28, 2015
Time:  Two Performances at 1pm and 4pm 
Location:  Harlem Hospital Center, Herbert Cave Auditorium
Ticket Prices:  $20 for adults and $10 for children
RSVP: by Thursday, June 25
Please help us to spread the word!
Log onto today to register to attend. 

3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE)

3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE)
Consortium Joint Conference for Minority Faculty Development
June 1-2, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

We are delighted to invite you to the 3rd Annual Centers of Excellence (COE) Consortium Joint Conference for Minority Faculty Development being held on June 1-2, 2015 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Registration to this conference is FREE! To register and view the At-A-Glance conference agenda, please visit the following link:

COE Consortium Mission:
To increase our collective capacity to attract, develop, and retain underrepresented minority physician and biomedical scientists by providing an opportunity for faculty development.

COE Consortium Members include:
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Meharry Medical College
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

COE Conference Co-Sponsors:
Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System ;
Office for Academic Development and Enrichment of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Mentoring in Medicine Summer Programs 2015

Mentoring in Medicine is pleased to offer the following programs for the summer of 2015. Applications are due on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:59pm. Please spread to your networks.

Emergency Department Clinical Exposure and Mentoring Program

This program is for students in college and post-baccalaureate years.
Volunteer and shadow in the Emergency Department at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, attend Empowerment and Educational Seminars and perform health-related community service.

Please click on the following link to apply:

Medical Pathway Program 11-Summer Boot Camp
This program is for students who will be taking the new MCAT in August 2015-January 2016.  Learn skills needed to succeed in medical school, receive new MCAT test prep with Kaplan and much more in this MPP Boot Camp from June 5 to August 15. Cost is $1,000 with limited scholarships available. Apply today! Space is limited!
Please click on the following link to apply: