Hempstead, NY— Dr. Razia Jayman-Aristide has been awarded the annual Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Endowed Memorial Award, an honor designed to recognize students, faculty, or staff members who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to community service and advocacy.
Assistant Director of Ambulatory Clerkships at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine Razia Jayman-Aristide, MD, MS-HPPL, is also a practicing physician at Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital, where she specializes in internal medicine. This prestigious award reflects her vision and leadership in developing a group of volunteers who have directly contributed to the well-being of the more than 42,000 Long Islanders, many of whom are from economically-disadvantaged areas.
Inspired by her grandfather in Sri Lanka, a devoted physician who practiced in a modest rural area, Dr. Jayman-Aristide felt compelled to help the underserved in her Long Island community. She began by recruiting the help of two fellow physicians and three nurses in her cause, asking them to join her in offering their services to local communities on their days off. Within three months, nearly 100 volunteers enlisted in their efforts. Both Northwell Health’s Southside Hospital and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health played key roles in supporting this group, which has now formalized as the Community Health Ambassadors of Southside Hospital. Dr. Jayman-Aristide encourages volunteers to bring their school-aged children, who, by volunteering alongside their parents, are taught the joys of giving back. Leading by example, her own two children are also actively involved in the program.
“Community outreach is an essential part of delivering high-value healthcare,” explained Jayman-Aristide, gratefully noting how leadership at Southside Hospital was integral in supporting her group’s work. “Through giving back, healthcare providers have reinvigorated their joy in the art of medicine, reconnecting with their initial motivation for choosing a life of service to others through medicine.”
Dr. Jayman-Aristide joined the faculty in the Department of Science Education at the Zucker School of Medicine in June 2019. Chair of the department, Dr. Joanne Willey, states, “Razia is an inspiration to our students and faculty. She leads by example and motivates all to reach beyond their personal sphere and help others. We are so fortunate to have her on our faculty.”
Special thanks to Hofstra University, the PsyD program in School-Community Psychology, the Psychology Department at Hofstra University and the sponsors of the Allison Kim Levy Continuing Acts of Kindness Endowed Memorial Award at Hofstra University.