ICAN Healthcare Summit 2024
October 25-26, 2024

Russell Sage College Armory, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany


We expect more than 550 healthcare professionals, secondary-level teachers and school nurses, higher education faculty and administrators, and students from kindergarten through college and their families from throughout the greater Capital Region.

All activities will be open to the public and provided at no cost to the participants.

About the ICAN Summit Venue

For more than a century, Russell Sage College has stood as a beacon of excellence – providing healthcare education and producing highly skilled practitioners and compassionate advocates. Our undergraduate and graduate programs in the health professions cover nursing, occupational and physical therapy, nutrition, health sciences, biology, and psychology/counseling. Meanwhile, our equally longstanding education programs prepare the next generation of teachers and school leaders, who will help build the future healthcare workforce.

Our innovative curriculum includes applying critical thinking skills in the classroom, simulation, and clinical settings with a holistic, collaborative, interdisciplinary patient-centered approach. This focus prepares students for the dynamic challenges of diverse populations and the changing healthcare landscape.

Programs will take place in the Armory Building at Russell Sage College (130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208). In addition to classrooms, meeting space, and offices, the Armory has a 21,000-square-foot open space with indoor turf. With its expansive layout and strategic location next to two major hospitals, the Armory is an ideal location for the ICAN Healthcare Summit.

ICAN Healthcare Summit Event Details


Focus on Health Equity and Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce

When: Friday, October 25, 2024, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (schedule outlined below)

Where: Armory, Russell Sage College, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Who: K-12 and higher education instructors and administrators, healthcare professionals and advocates, health science students, and policymakers. Approximately 300 people are expected to attend.


This transformative program’s purpose is to increase understanding of the tremendous healthcare disparities in our community while empowering participants with actionable strategies to promote health equity. The Russell Sage College pilot ICAN program’s preliminary outcomes will be presented as a replicable model to encourage underrepresented people to join the healthcare workforce. Participants will have an opportunity to engage with the keynote speaker, presenters, and panelists through presentations and audience Q&A. Participants will also receive a copy of the book Differences Matter by Brenda Allen.


  • The soon-to-be-announced keynote speaker will inspire participants by sharing their scholarship and research on promoting the power of workplace diversity.
  • We will present the outcomes of ICAN Cohort 1 as a replicable model.
  • Engaging workshops and conversations will transform healthcare practice.
  • Strategies to support  BIPOC students to achieve success in becoming a nurse and/or healthcare provider will be identified.

Day One Draft Schedule of Events

  • 8 a.m. Check-in and morning refreshments
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
  • 8:45 a.m. Keynote speaker
  • 9:45 a.m. Break
  • 10 a.m. Breakouts focusing on representation and inclusive care 
    • Workshop
    • Discussion session
    • Presentation  
  • 11:30 a.m. Break
  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch and ICAN panel discussion
  • 12:50 p.m. Closing remarks


ICAN Healthcare Education Fair With STEM NOLA

When: Saturday, October 26, 2024, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Armory, Russell Sage College, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Who: Primary and secondary school students, families and caregivers, and educators.  Approximately 250 people are expected to attend.


  • The event will develop and support interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects, particularly as they relate to healthcare.
  • Organizers will facilitate hands-on experiences and experiments that make STEM concepts accessible to participants of all ages.
  • The event will Introduce participants, especially children, to the wide range of careers within STEM fields, with a specific focus on healthcare.
  • Engaging activities will promote awareness of healthy living practices and wellness.

October 25-26, 2024

Russell Sage College Armory, 130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany

Contact us

Contact us
Geoffrey Miller

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion



[email protected]