Friday, September 18, 2015
The Jordan Foundation welcomed nearly 500 guests for its annual Patients First Awards Luncheon featuring guest speaker Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint who is a psychiatrist with Harvard Medical School, media consultant and author. Read the Minority Reporter article here.
In addition to being Harvard’s Faculty Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, Professor Poussaint is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi whose research has earned him accolades as one of the country’s top authorities on subjects ranging from multiculturalism to family dynamics. He has advised the State Department, the Department of Health and the FBI on racial and violence issues which assail children and families from neighborhood corners to TV and movie screens. With a clear and charismatic voice, Professor Poussaint teaches audiences how to balance the racial and ethnic burdens layered into our multicultural society to create powerful, positive lives that contribute to a healthy community.
The Patients First Awards Luncheon is held every fall to honor the legacy of care established by our namesake, Dr. Anthony L. Jordan. The 2015 Luncheon brought much needed attention to the challenges encountered by multicultural families trying to address the deeply tangled roots of today’s staggering mental health crisis. Professor Poussaint framed this crisis for our sell-out audience of businesses, healthcare payers and providers, and nonprofit executives from local agencies who help families in our community. Completing the Luncheon, the Jordan Foundation debuted a new video on the life of Dr. Jordan as remembered by a former patient, former colleague, and his daughter Mildred Jordan Reynolds; and honored Dr. W. Stewart Beecher, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Foodlink for their work and service to the community.
The Jordan Foundation was created in 1991 to raise funds for the programs and services offered across the Jordan Health network of comprehensive health centers and primary care offices serving nearly 30,000 patients in Rochester and Canandaigua, NY. Governed by a diverse board of rigorous volunteers, the Jordan Foundation organizes its philanthropy for Jordan Health around three pillar priorities: Advocacy & Education, Events, and Giving. Proceeds from the Luncheon fund an annual gift to Jordan Health. Last year’s gift was $25,000 to extend adolescent health outreach to all quadrants of the city of Rochester.