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What's Health Got to Do with It?

Diversity in health care; ElevateMed

Dr. Michelle Chester administers the 2023-24 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Nurse Sandra Lindsay, vice president of public health advocacy at Northwell Health.

This week, we speak with individuals who are committed to tearing down barriers in health care through representation.

First, clinical trials depend on brave patients, including those who are frequently underrepresented in health care and underprivileged.


  • Ana Aragon, a journalist and medical student at Mayo Medical School
  • Dr. Aaron Mangold, dermatologist at Mayo Clinic Arizona
  • Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert, associate director for cancer equity at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, who’s a nationally recognized leader in cancer prevention and minority health research


The health care industry is increasingly recognizing that a diverse workforce improves health outcomes for a variety of chronic illnesses. Scottsdale, Arizona-based ElevateMeD is a nonprofit committed to “closing the gap of financial inequity in medical education” and “empowering the next generation of physician leaders.”


  • Dr. Alyx Porter, neuro-oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix and the co-founder of ElevateMeD
  • Abigail Solorio, family medicine resident at Georgetown University and current med student at the University of Arizona
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