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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Community Engagement/Outreach

The Community Outreach Core serves as a bridge between center investigators and the community at large. It translates research findings emanating from the center into public health knowledge and conveys important issues and concerns of the community to researchers within the center.  This is achieved through outreach and information dissemination projects in the community using methods that engage service providers in the community. This CORE ensures that the scientific knowledge that is generated through research being carried-out at the Center is translated into information that can be readily used by neighborhood residents.

Community Advisory Board

  • American Cancer Society
  • Arab-American Family Support Center
  • Brooklyn Perinatal Network
  • Caribbean Women's Health Association
  • Community Counseling & Mediation
  • Diaspora Community Services
  • Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition
  • Haitians Center Council
  • Korean Community Services Public Health Program
  • Make the Road New York

Collaborating Institutions

  • Brookdale Hospital Medical Center
  • Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center
  • Kings County Hospital Center
  • Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
  • Medgar Evers College, CUNY
  • Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Sciences, CCNY
  • Staten Island University Hospital

WE HEARD YOU!

Health Priorities for a Community-Informed Brooklyn Health Disparities Agenda

After surveying 51 Brooklyn high school students who participated in the Arthur Ashe Institute Health Science Academy Health Disparities Summer 2010 Internship, we have results that will guide the development of a shared agenda to reduce health disparities throughout the borough. Here's what the youth told us:

Top 10 Health Priorities:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Obesity
  3. HIV/AIDS
  4. Hypertension (HBP)
  5. Cancer
  6. Teenage Pregnancy Rank Priority Area
  7. Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
  8. Asthma
  9. Heart Disease
  10. Breast Cancer

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

After surveying Community Leaders who serve the Brooklyn community, we have results that will guide the development of a shared agenda to reduce health disparities throughout the borough. Here's what you told us:

Top 10 Research Priorities:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Heart Disease
  3. HIV/AIDS
  4. Breast Cancer
  5. Asthma
  6. Domestic Violence
  7. Teenage Pregnancy
  8. Child Abuse (sexual & physical)
  9. Cervical Cancer
  10. Colon Cancer

Top 10 Policy Priorities:

  1. Better access to preventive care
  2. Improve the quality and nutritional value of food and exercise in schools
  3. Increase funding to support community based mental health services
  4. Increase parity for mental health and medical health care
  5. Address poor educational system
  6. Increase access to care for low income people
  7. Providing better access to organic fruits and vegetables
  8. Ensure that medical facilities incorporate a health navigation person at each site to facilitate individuals receiving comprehensive services
  9. Restrict advertisements aimed at youth for tobacco, junk food, etc.
  10. Expand emergency Medicaid to be a preventative health care model

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