The New York Women’s Foundation congratulates Dr. Mary T. Bassett on being named New York State’s new health commissioner by Gov. Kathy Hochul. Dr. Bassett is a leader in promoting health equity, working tirelessly to close gaps in health care access disparities. As a 2018 Radical Generosity Gala honoree, we recognized Dr. Bassett as a champion for advancing justice and the health and wellbeing of women, especially those in underserved communities.
In her former post as Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, she successfully led the city’s response through a number of health crises with insightful leadership, empathy, and a community-centric approach. We warmly welcome Dr. Bassett back to her home state at this pivotal time. The pandemic has laid bare the injustice and inequity faced by so many, but especially for women of color, immigrants, trans, and gender-expansive people. The Foundation looks forward to working in partnership with Dr. Bassett to create more equitable health practices for all New Yorkers.