Roslyn Young Daniels
Founder & President
Black Health Matters

Welcome to The Close The Gap Virtual Health Summit: Health and Wellness in the Time of Covid-19, powered by Boston Scientific and Siemens Healthineers. Our mission at Black Health Matters (BHM) is to amplify the social conditions that create barriers for the African American community to achieve healthy lifestyles by providing inclusive health and wellness information that is rooted in medical expertise. This includes producing and hosting the Black Health Matters Summit, a series of informative, highly-engaging events that offer new approaches and best practices to help African Americans cut through the confusion and feel empowered on their health journey.

BHM developed this series with the objective to create a platform that informs and uplifts as well as changes attitudes and gives voice to our need for patient-centric solutions. Because we know education is key to overcoming health disparities, we collaborate directly with top physicians, community advocates and health companies to raise awareness of risk factors and chronic diseases that disproportionately impact Africans Americans. We also partner closely with community leaders and groups (fraternities, sororities, civic organizations, etc.) that are committed to social action to help spread the word to grow our audience and expand our reach to make health a priority in the African American community.

Thank you, in advance, for attending our Summit and hope that you find thoughtful, innovative and bold new approaches to improving health outcomes for Black and Brown people. #BlackHealthMatters

Welcome to the Close the Gap Virtual Health Summit, sponsored by Boston Scientific, Siemens Healthineers and Black Health Matters! We are so glad you are here! This event was developed to provide you with access to insights and advice from the best physicians and community partners from New York who are committed to empowering you to be advocates for health in the time of COVID-19– for yourself and your community #BlackHealthMatters

Long before COVID-19, we have known that health disparities disproportion-ately shortened the lives of Black people. The devastating effects from the pandemic, combined with the collective outcry for long overdue social change, are a call to action for us to dismantle the barriers that we face as a community. At Boston Scientific, a leading medical device manufacturer, our goal is to pro-vide you with the awareness, educational materials, and connections to em-power you to be a powerful advocate for your own health and for the health of your loved ones. Through our Close the Gap initiative, we are committed to equipping you with the information that you need to #FightForHealthEquity.

It is our pleasure to be partnering with Black Health Matters to bring this valu-able information to you. It is our sincere hope that you take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with healthcare providers, community leaders, health and wellness experts who are here, focused on you! Thank you for com-ing!


Camille Chang Gilmore
Vice President, HR
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Boston Scientific


Khalil Thomas
Vice President, Quality & Regulatory Ultrasound
Siemens Healthineers
Siemens Employees of African Descent (SEAD)

Welcome to the Close the Gap Virtual Health Summit, presented by Black Health Matters and sponsored by Boston Scientific and Siemens Healthineers. We are excited to be a part of this event and to help bring you valuable and timely COVID-19 health information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the stark inequities and injustices that communities of color face on any given day. From healthcare disparities to economic divides, we acknowledge the added burdens many of our fellow Americans carry as a result of this pandemic simply because of their race or the color of their skin.

At Siemens Healthineers, we are dedicated to helping improve people’s lives and shaping the future of healthcare. We’re proud of the deep roots we have in the New York City area, where many of our critical COVID-19 testing technologies were developed to help fight the pandemic. We also believe that knowledge is power, and we’re excited to be a part of this program on Health and Wellness in the Time of COVID-19. We encourage you to register for and benefit from the many sessions that are available including separating fact from fiction when it comes to COVID-19 testing, what tests you should pursue after you’ve recovered from COVID-19, and understanding the potential for increased health risks if you’ve had COVID-19. In the meantime, stay well!


  • Advocating for Your Health
  • Breast Cancer
  • Clinical Trials
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Community Outreach
  • Covid-19
  • Covid-19 Vaccine
  • Dispelling Myths Around Covid Testing
  • Fighting Covid in the Black Community
  • Fitness Workouts
  • Heart Health
  • Mental Health
  • Post Covid Recovery Care
  • Stroke Risk
  • Vaccine Equity


Grammy Award-winning Singer
Songwriter, Actor & Author

Harry Carson

Pro Football Hall of Famer
Former New York Giants Captain &
Hackensack Meridian Health Ambassador
speaker-img Al-Tariq W. Best

CEO & Founder
The HUBB Arts & Trauma Center

speaker-img Alicia Henderson, PhD

Women In Need

speaker-img Barbara Rhoden, PhD

Vice President, Marketing
Siemens Healthineers

speaker-img Bert M. Petersen, Jr., MD, FACS

Breast Surgery Clinic Program
St. Barnabas Hospital

speaker-img Brad Sutton, MD

Vice President - Medical Director
Boston Scientific

speaker-img C. Virginia Fields

National Black Leadership
Commission on Health

speaker-img Icilma V. Fergus, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Mount Sinai Health Systems

speaker-img Jaysree Roberts, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

speaker-img Kenneth Stein, MD, FACC, FHRS

Senior Vice President &
Chief Medical Officer
Cardiac Rhythm Management
and Global Health Policy
Boston Scientific

speaker-img Katherine Soreng, PhD

Global Director
Clinical Education
Siemens Healthineers

speaker-img Mei L. Chau, MD, MPA

Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dept of Cardiothoracic
& Vascular Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center

speaker-img Paul Underwood, MD

Medical Director
Interventional Cardiology Division
Boston Scientific

speaker-img Reverend Jacques A. De Graff

Friends of Harlem Hospital &

speaker-img Simbo Ige, MD

Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of Health Equity Capacity Building
New York City Department of Health

speaker-img Taylor Rae Almonte

Actor, Athlete & Activist
Taylor Rae

speaker-img Alexandra Guillaume, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Stony Brook Hospital

speaker-img David Thompson

Vice President - Clinical Solutions
Rhythm Management Business
Boston Scientific

speaker-img Adam Arthur, MD, MPH

Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery Semmes
Murphey Clinic

speaker-img Rev. Lawrence E. Aker, III

Senior Pastor
Cornerstone Baptist Church

speaker-img Jennifer Miniere Arroyo, PhD

Manager - Immunoassay Development
Siemens Healthineers

speaker-img Renee Williams, MD, MPHE

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

speaker-img Reverend Gregory J. Jackson

Pastor Emeritus
Mount Olive Baptist Church

speaker-img Sam Conaway

General Manager & President of Sales
Interventional Cardiology
Boston Scientific

speaker-img Ugonna Iroku, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department of Gastroenterology
Mount Sinai Hospital

speaker-img S. Lemuria Alawode-El

Vice President, StrengthenNYC
United Way of New York City

speaker-img Evelina Grayver, MD

Cardiologist & Internist
North Shore University Hospital

speaker-img Yakira David, M.B.B.S.

Fellow, ICAHN School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital

speaker-img Paige Bingham

Director, Close The Gap
Boston Scientific

speaker-img Deepak “Dee” Khuntia, M.D., FASTRO

Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

speaker-img Avonia Richardson-Miller, EdD, MA, BS

Vice President, Diversity Equity & Inclusion
Hackensack Meridian Health

speaker-img Katerina Dodelzon, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiology Division of Women’s Imaging
Weill Cornell Medical College


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Now is the time to reaffirm that our health matters as we arm you with resources, and information, to move forward during and beyond the age of Covid-19.



African Americans are experiencing some of the greatest healthcare challenges of our time. The goal of The Close The Gap Virtual Health Summit: Health & Wellness During the Time of Covid-19 is to help you get access to the quality healthcare that you may need, but might not be getting today. During this summit, we are committed to equipping you with the information needed to help you #FightForHealthEquity.

As Black Health Matters, we have worked to educate and uplift the African American community with health and wellness information that empowers. Now, more than ever, #BlackHealthMatters is the rally cry we need to fight for healthcare equity.
Now is the time to reaffirm that our health matters as we arm you with resources, and information, to move forward during and beyond the age of Covid-19.
Connect and engage with local, passionate, world class healthcare leaders and advocates that will provide you with education, resources, tools and the answers to your health questions in your journey to better health and care.
Uplifting sessions covering Covid-19, Vaccine Equity, Health & Wellness, Heart Disease, Diversity in Clinical Trials, Mental Health and so much more. Join us, ask questions, network and be inspired by those who care about what is important to you and your well being at this important health summit created for African Americans in the New York City area and beyond. #BlackHealthMatters