Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Susan Moore M.D. Memorial Lecture

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Weber's Inn and 
Livestream via Zoom

The Susan Moore, M.D., Memorial Lecture aims to honor Dr. Moore’s memory by addressing issues related to health disparities.

The Susan Moore, M.D., Memorial Lecture aims to honor Dr. Moore’s memory by addressing issues related to health disparities. Dr. Moore, a graduate of the U-M Medical School who worked as a family physician in Indianapolis, died December 20, 2020, following complications from COVID-19.

Prior to her death, she posted a video to social media in which she spoke about what she described as inequitable and biased treatment from medical providers. The video gained national attention and led to renewed conversations on disparities within health care institutions.

Learn more about Susan Moore, M.D. 

This year, the Department of Family Medicine presents:

Sharing Power: Authentically Engaging Communities to Advance Health Equity


Headshot of Nirali Bora, M.D.

Nirali Bora, M.D.

Medical Director, Kent County Health Department

Dr. Nirali Bora is a family medicine physician and Medical Director at the Kent County Health Department.  After completing her undergraduate education at Cornell University, medical school education at the University of Michigan, and residency training in Rhode Island at Brown Family Medicine Residency Program, she cared for patients on a Navajo reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico, with the Indian Health Service.  Dr. Bora returned to Grand Rapids in 2013, where she has been a practicing physician and serves as faculty for the Grand Rapids Family Medicine Residency program at both Corewell Health and Trinity Health. She became the medical director at the Kent County Health Department in the fall of 2018 and completed her Master of Public Health through Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Bora is passionate about listening to people’s stories and working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our community, especially those who are disproportionately impacted by health inequities.

Headshot of Evelyn Esparza-Gonzalez

Evelyn Esparza-Gonzalez

Executive Director, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Evelyn Esparza-Gonzalez is the Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan.  With almost 10 years of experience in nonprofit administration, she has a proven record of implementing and growing successful programing for the Hispanic community in West Michigan.   Evelyn and her family arrived from Mexico to the U.S when she was only 15 years old.  Through her own personal experiences, Evelyn has become passionate about providing the Latinx community with a place where they are treated with respect, equity, and dignity.  By building a strong, loyal, and committed team, Evelyn hopes to give our community a Center they know they can trust to receive the best services for their needs.  Evelyn began her career in early childhood, serving in financial management where she had the opportunity to learn more about the need for increased support for Latinx families.  During her tenure at Family Futures, she helped develop Strong Beginnings’ Familias Fuertes program which enhanced her passion for supporting the Latinx community.  During her time as Finance Director at the Center, she was able to restructure and stabilize the Accounting, HR, Fund Development and Language Services Department of the Center, building a strong foundation for the organization.  Through budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and cash flow management, her leadership has brought financial stability to the organization.  The 2023 winner of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership AwardEvelyn graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and general Business and recently completed a Master of Accountancy from Davenport University.