Ryan Dagsaan Duerme

Program Planner
New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Ryan is a Program Planner for the Viral Hepatitis Program and serves as one of the coordinators for the Dismantling Racism Initiative of the Bureau of Communicable Disease at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. He is also a co-facilitator of the Department’s Race to Justice Core Workshop and a member of the Department’s Race to Justice Communications Work Group. Before joining the Department, Ryan focused on youth development with Farm & Wilderness implementing an anti-racism curriculum focused on the intersection of environmental justice, farm operation, and racial equity. He identifies as a Filipino, queer, immigrant.

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Ghost Map: Systems and Identity Change at the Intersection of Public Health Science & Government

In 2016, the Bureau of Communicable Disease (BCD) at the NYC Health Department prioritized an initiative to provide opportunities for staff to address different levels of racism at work. This project was part of a larger Race to Justice Initiative-an agency-wide effort developed with the support of the Center for Social Inclusion and the Interaction Institute for Social Change.

The breakout session will describe each BCD committee with four participant activities (below) highlighting our experiences in promoting learning, engagement and action to promote antiracism systems and institutional change at our agency.

*Tea will served at the start of the session. Each tea bag will include a small picture and bio of BCD staff.

Equity in presenting epidemiological data
Activity: The dark spots on the map
Takeaway: Collect better demographic data and elevate structural causes in epidemiological presentations

Activity: What do we do with these racist monuments?
Takeaway: Internal review of all conference room names of notable public health figures to see if they are aligned with racial equity and social justice values

Workforce Equity
Activity: Stories from the BCD Microaggressions Report
Takeaway: Identify strategies to address microaggressions through policy change

Safer Space – Race Identity Caucuses/Fishbowl
Activity: White/Persons of Color caucus on the values and culture of public health science and government
Takeaway: Intentional discourse of white supremacy and the oppression of People of Color as fundamental constructs of racial identity development and racialized life outcomes

Speakers: Ryan Dagsaan Duerme, Stacey Wright-Woolcock, Kenya Murray, Kristin Lee