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Department of Family and Community Medicine Hosts Panel Discussion on Vulnerable Populations

Dr. Newman, Dr. Gardner and Dr. Brown at FCM Course Talk

On May 2, tackling the topic of vulnerable populations, the Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM) hosted a panel discussion, focused on the potential challenges and roadblocks faced by LGBTQ community, military veterans, and child immigrants in need of health care. Rebecca Newman, M.D. ’05, right, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and director of the Adult Primary Care Center at Westchester Medical Center, addressed issues facing the LGBTQ population. Traci Furbert Gardner, M.D. ’98, left, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and director of community engagement and ambulatory preceptor experience at NYMC, spoke about the issues facing child immigrants. Jeffrey Brown, M.D., center, clinical professor of pediatrics, who served as a combat Army physician in Vietnam, discussed the issues facing military veterans. According to Drs. Newman, Gardner and Brown, while each subgroup has its unique set of societal roadblocks to healthcare, there is one common takeaway— and the need to improve cultural competence of the primary care providers.