TEDx Rutgers2020

On February 22, 2020 TEDxRutgers brought together world-leading thinkers, makers, and doers at Rutgers University to discuss doing the unprecedented. The audience composed of a diverse yet curated mix of students, professors, and thought leaders from Rutgers and beyond, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment and art to spark new ideas and opportunities for all.

Systemic Racism: Pharmacists’ role and responsibility

In fall of 2020, Dr. Arya co-authored the article with Lakesha Butler, Sandra Leal, Lucinda Maine, Nancy Alvarez, Natasha Jackson, and Alex C. Varkey, which made history as the first joint publication between Journal of the American Pharmacists Association (JAPhA), the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE), and the Journal of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (JACCP). This groundbreaking work is also part of a very long conversation about the inequities present in our communities and our profession, and draws on the intellectual and academic labor of great thinkers who have been working for centuries to dismantle this pertinacious, even foundational, element of American life. 

Quality Corner Show, May 2021

In this episode, Arya talks about the importance of improving data and storytelling for SDOH. She also suggests thinking about the landscape of pharmacy when reviewing data, and leveraging the connection between pharmacists and their community.

MelisRxScripts podcast Episode 32: “Power to the Collective,” 2021

In Episode 32, Melissa talks with Vibhuti Arya, a Clinical Professor at St John’s University College of Pharmacy and racial dialogue expert. They discuss her work to bridge the gap between healthcare, well-being and equity. Vibhuti, known as “V” is a proud first-generation immigrant and reflects on how her family keeps her grounded. She also shares insights on transforming systems, mentoring, and the power of community and relationships.

Nerd Nite, April 2019

Let’s face it – you can’t really talk about social inequalities without discussing race. Where did this concept come from? And what does it have to do with health? We were joined by many for a discussion about how inequities result in health disparities, and what we can do to mitigate the negative effects of racism on healthcare today. We discussed race, health equity, and why diversity is a really great idea beyond just making cute babies. Buckle up, nerds; sh*t just got real.

The lead speaker, Vibhuti Arya, PharmD, MPH, is a Professor at St. John’s University and works with the NYC Health Department. She engages her students to examine public health programs and policies through the lens of equity and social justice. Momma of two, she tries to talk to her kids about equity, and they throw cheerios at her. Terrence Mac, who accompanies Vibhuti, is a Doctor of Pharmacy student at St. John’s University and did a rotation with Dr. Arya at the NYC Health Department. Born and raised in Massapequa, this Long Island guy is ready to talk about health care, inequity, and race. He hopes to one day come back to academia and brainwash other young minds to be more socially conscious individuals… Sort of like his Professor did for him.

GameChangers Podcast, 2020

Racism is a public health emergency and a root cause of social determinants of health. If we are to practice patient-centered care, and education our pharmacists to better serve their patients, we ought to act to dismantle structural racism and start by having some honest conversations. In this episode, talked with Dr. Vibhuti Arya about our role as pharmacists in addressing this public health emergency.

Extraordinary: The Healthcare Leadership Podcast, 2020

Extraordinary is a podcast focusing on how leadership, mindfulness, and innovation empowers us to create a better approach to healthcare. This episode focused on racial equity, compassion, and mindsets around developing brave spaces.