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Brooklyn Health Disparities Center


Ruth Browne, ScD, co-Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright Nexus Regional Scholar Award. As one of only five US scholars chosen to participate in this new program, Dr. Browne's project is to develop a health equity externship for Caribbean secondary school students working with the Faculty of Medical Sciences at University of the West Indies in Trinidad and local non-governmental organizations.

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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 »

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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.

News and Updates


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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM



Brooklyn Independent Television

February 18, 2013
8:00 PM-8:30 PM

In recognition of Black History Month, Host Brian Vines had a conversation with Peter Holoway of Male Development and Empowerment Center at Medgar Evers College and Humberto Brown of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, about the state of black America post-civil civil rights, and the important contributions their community-based organizations have made over the past two decades.

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The Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations

Dennis P Andrulis, PhD, MPH, a member of BHDC's Program Advisory Committee (PAC) will present at the Eighth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Achieving Equity in an Era of Innovation and Health System Transformation. The conference will take place in Oakland, California at the Oakland Marriott City Center March 11-14, 2013. Dr. Andrulis' scheduled appearances as moderator or presenter include: Climate Change and Culturally Diverse Communities: Assessing Legacies of the Past, Building Opportunities for the Future, Affordable Care Act and Opportunities for Advancing Equity for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Communities: Taking Vision and Promise to Reality, A Toolkit on Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Populations: Local and Community Perspectives and Lessons, and Health disparities and cultural competence measures: Meet the developers.

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CBPR-Research Skills Workshop
For Community-Based Organizations

Friday, December 7, 2012, 9:30am - 1:00pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Excellence in Partnerships

Fall-Winter 2011 Newsletter of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

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New Policy Brief from the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Organized Noise: Partnering with the Community to Address the Shortage of Underrepresented Minorities in the Health Professions

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