CSD 6 Health and Wellness Series

Under the leadership of Mara Minguez, MD, MSc, Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Community Affairs at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital and Rafael Lantigua, MD, Associate Dean for Community Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NYP and CUIMC medical experts come together to support the Community School District 6 (CSD 6) Health and Wellness Series.

The goal of the CSD 6 Health and Wellness Series is to provide helpful information and practical resources about a range of topics of interest to the school community. The series is part of the CSD 6’s Wellness Initiative Now (WIN 6). Led by the Office of the Superintendent, WIN 6 is a district wide initiative that aims to increase awareness of positive health behaviors and resources to benefit the school community.

Experts facilitate sessions, in English with Spanish interpretation. A total of six sessions were completed in the Fall of 2021 and four sessions were featured in Spring 2022. All sessions were recorded and are available below.

Spring 2022

Omicron and Vaccine Hesitancy- Tuesday, March 8th at 6:00 PM

Omicron and Vaccine Hesitancy from Dr. Mara Minguez (3/8/2022)

Supporting Children and Adolescents during COVID-19- Tuesday, March 22nd at 5:30 PM

Supporting Children & Adolescents during COVID-19 from Dr. Rivera-Rodriguez and Dr. Cisneros (3/22/2022)

Spring into Health: Nutrition Tips for Parents- Thursday, March 24th at 6:00 PM

Spring into Health: Nutrition Tips for Parents from Dr. Ileana Vargas and Kyle Murray/CHALK (3/24/2022)

The Truth about Teen Smoking, Vaping, and Hookah- Thursday, April 7th at 6:00 PM

The Truth about Teen Smoking, Vaping, and Hookah from Dr. David Albert (4/7/2022)

Fall 2021 Series

COVID-19 & the Vaccine


Mara Minguez, MD presents a thorough overview about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

Mental Health & Wellness


Aiyana Rivera-Rodriguez, MD and Sebastian Cisneros, MD speak about mental health and back to school readiness during COVID-19.

The November 9 session may be viewed here.

Back to School: Nutrition


Ileana Vargas, MD and Kyle Murray, MS, RD, CDN, CDE discuss topics about nutrition and healthy eating tips.

The November 16 session may be viewed here.

Flu Season & COVID-19


Rafael Lantigua, MD talks about Flu Season and COVID-19.