Patient Care

Diversity and Disparities in Medicine Topic of First Tana Grady-Weliky Lecture

Jan. 24, 2012
Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H.

Annelle B. Primm, M.D., M.P.H., deputy medical director and director of the Office of Minority and National Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association (APA), will deliver the first annual Tana A. Grady-Weliky, M.D., Memorial Lecture Friday, Feb. 10, at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

The lecture will begin at noon in the Class of '62 Auditorium.

Primm has titled her lecture "Ebony in an Ivory Tower: Diversity and Disparities in American Medicine.”

This presentation will provide an overview of issues related to diversity in the health care workforce and disparities in health and health care. Influential reports pertaining to diversity, disparities, and cultural competence issued over the past decade will be discussed. In addition, the impact of health care reform on diversity and disparities will be covered.

The lecture is sponsored by the School of Medicine and Dentistry Office for Diversity, Office of Medical Education and the Department of Psychiatry.

The lecture is open to the public. To register for this lecture, please contact Grace Fuller at

Prior to joining APA, Primm served as the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Community Psychiatry Program, where she developed and oversaw a variety of mental health services for adults. She is co-editor of Disparities in Psychiatric Care Clinical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives. She is known for educating the public about mental illness through her production of the culturally-tailored DVDs, Black and Blue:Depression in the African American Community and Gray and Blue: Depression in Older Adults. Primm is a co-founder of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a multi-disciplinary organization that facilitates culturally competent responses to the mental health needs of victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

The lecture is named for the late Dr. Grady-Weliky, who died in January, 2011. She was associate dean for medical education at Duke University School of Medicine from 1996 to 1998. She became associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1998, and served as the School’s senior associate dean for medical education from 2002 to 2005.

In 2009, Dr. Grady-Weliky, who was a president of the Association of Women Psychiatrists, was appointed associate dean for undergraduate medical education at the Oregon Health and Science University, where she oversaw the education of the university’s medical students.