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  • Spring Conference 2014
    Health Equity: Past, Present & Future

    April 4, 2014

    Through its partner, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center works to bridge the gap in knowledge and access to tools and resources needed to improve the health of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

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  • Trinidad & Tobago Summer Internship 2013

    The Summer Internship Programme on Climate Change & Public Health introduced secondary school students to public health and climate change issues and tools needed to effect change, inspiring them to pursue a career in public health.

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Defining Health, Research & Policy Priorities for a Community-Informed Brooklyn Health Disparities Agenda

The Brooklyn HDC surveys community leaders as well as the public on issues and health topics that are a priority, serving as a guide to the development of a shared agenda to reduce health disparities throughout the borough. Find out what you told us »

BHDC Shared Research and Policy Agenda Details

A complete description of the BHDC Shared Research and Policy Agenda that defines our community engagement priorities and strategies for reaching them (PDF). Read on for further information »

Establishing a Brooklyn Institute on Health Disparities

Developing the Brooklyn Center for Health Disparities is a multi-phased project. Phase I – analyzing the need, conceptualizing the structure, and identifying appropriate institutional partners – was completed through a study commissioned by the Brooklyn Borough President, Marty Markowitz, who has made addressing health issues and health disparities a major focus of his administration. The Report Establishing a Brooklyn Institute on Health Disparities was conducted by the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University. The report recommended that the Institute be sited at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the borough's only academic medical center, and work in partnership with the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. SUNY Downstate will serve as a unifying structure providing organizational support and research for Brooklyn's numerous hospitals and community-based organizations


The Center's overall goal is to reduce health disparities among minorities and new immigrants in Brooklyn through clinical and community based research, education, outreach and training. To achieve such an ambitious goal, the Center operates under four main Cores: Administrative, Research, Training, and Community Outreach.

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