City & State’s Webinar Series: New York’s Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Event Description

For weeks, New York City has been the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The city has put forward a $170 million plan to meet the needs of some of the city’s population most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. We are actively working to meet the needs of seniors, many of whom are unable to leave their homes; schoolchildren, who typically rely on free meals at schools; and the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have been left jobless as a result of the crisis.  What else can we do?  What services can we offer?

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Dr. Oxiris Barbot, Commissioner
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Dr. Barbot is an innovative public health influencer and pediatrician with over 20 years of experience in advancing equity and providing care to urban communities. As First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), Dr. Barbot oversees a diverse portfolio that encompasses health equity, health policy and operations. Additionally, she oversees cross-cutting areas such as bridging gaps between the public health and healthcare delivery systems, as well as emergency preparedness and agency performance to ensure every community in NYC is a healthy community. Dr. Barbot is currently serving as Acting Commissioner of DOHMH and previously served as Commissioner of Health for Baltimore City from 2010 to 2014.
Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez
New York City Department for the Aging
Lorraine has over 3 decades of experience in 4 business sectors: Corporate, Non-profit, Government, and Politics. She has excelled in each, although non-profit is where her commitment lives, and politics is where she thrives. Currently, Lorraine is Commissioner to the Department for the Aging. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for the City University of New York, the largest urban public university system in the world. Previously she worked at AARP as the Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets and Engagement, President and CEO of the Hispanic Federation, a network for Latino organization throughout the East Coast. Lorraine also served as the 65th New York State Secretary of State. Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez obtained her undergraduate degree from Hunter College and earned a master’s degree from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a Toll Fellow and has earned certificates from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and Columbia University’s School of Non-Profit Management. She is dedicated to her family, particularly her nieces, nephews, and grandsons.
Council Member Francisco Moya
Representing one of NYC’s hardest hit regions
Francisco Moya is a New York City Council Member representing District 21, which encompasses East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Lefrak City, and his native Corona. Before joining the City Council, Moya worked on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and Congressman Brad Sherman. In 2003, he was named Secretary to the Senate for Senate Minority Leader David A. Paterson, becoming the highest-ranking Latino in New York State government. He went on to become the first Ecuadorian-American elected to public office in the United States in 2010 when he was elected to the New York State Assembly. There, Moya wrote and introduced the New York DREAM Act, which was later signed into law in 2019. Moya currently chairs the New York City Council Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and serves as the Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus.
Talya Schwartz, M.D.
President & Chief Executive Officer, MetroPlus Health Plan
Dr. Schwartz was appointed President and CEO of MetroPlus Health Plan in May of 2019. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Schwartz has served as the Chief Medical Officer at MetroPlusHealth, leading the Medical Management division. Under her leadership MetroPlusHealth ranked among the top plans in the State for quality. She transformed the care management program into a holistic, field-based program that now also addresses social determinants of health with special focus on housing for its homeless population. Dr. Schwartz joined MetroPlusHealth from the private sector. She has been a founding member of a behavioral health technology startup company and prior to that served in various leadership roles in regional and national health plans. Earlier in her career she worked as a strategic consultant at the Advisory Board Company, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as a Fellow at the National Institute of Health. Dr. Schwartz earned her medical degree from Sackler Medical School and a graduate certificate in Health Services Management and Leadership from the George Washington University. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a pediatrician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Anderson Torres, PhD, LCSW-R
President and CEO, R.A.I.N. Total Care, Inc.
Dr. Torres is the President of R.A.I.N. TOTAL CARE, INC. With over twenty programs our integrated services include: Home Attendant Services, Twelve Full-Service Senior Centers in The Bronx and one in Upper Manhattan, Home Delivered Meals, Integrated Care Coordination, Housing, Case Management, Advocacy, Alzheimer’s Caregiver Program, Transportation for Seniors, Feeding the Hungry and Homeless Mobile Food Kitchen, and Intergenerational programs. Please visit our website for information on the services we provide throughout our City.
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