Mount Sinai Grand Marshals Tout ‘Good Health Is Essential’ At 53rd Annual African American Day Parade 2022

September 13, 2022

As this year’s Annual African American Day Parade promotes “Good Health Is Essential,” I want to flag that Mount Sinai’s Dr. Gary Butts and Ms. Pamela Abner are serving as Grand Marshals.

The Grand Marshals leading the 53rd Annual African American Day Parade in Harlem on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 1:00 pm ET.

They represent front-line workers, trailblazing clinicians and health care leaders who have contributed to the African American community in the field of health.

“It’s a privilege to be recognized by our African American community as a Grand Marshal this year. Participating in the African American Day Parade is a crucial way for us all to demonstrate our support and gratitude for the many contributions by African American and Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities. We look forward to building on these important relationships as we advance our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.”


– Gary Butts, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the Mount Sinai Health System and Dean for Diversity Programs, Policy, and Community Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

“This event has long been a cultural touchstone for the Black community in New York City and it is a crucial opportunity for us to recognize our most underserved communities’ health care needs. We can’t just assume that our neighbors and coworkers have the same experience as us—we need to intentionally study, measure, and address disparate medical outcomes and access to health care. Raising awareness is critical to that work.”

–Pamela Abner, MPA, CPXP, Vice President and Chief Diversity Operations Officer for the Mount Sinai Hospital Groups


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The Mount Sinai Health System is proud to be a part of the community it also serves, which includes Mount Sinai Morningside in Upper Manhattan, and the recognition for our Road Map for Action, a framework detailing plans to drive change and eliminate health disparities and racism.

Held on the third Sunday in September, the African American Day Parade is the nation’s largest celebration of African American culture, heritage, and unity.

Learn more about the annual tradition here.

Photo credit: Ms. Pamela Abner and Dr Gary Butts.

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