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Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Press – for Immediate Release

$5.5 Million Grant from National Institutes of Health to Conduct Community-Engaged Research to Reduce Brooklyn's Health Disparities

BROOKLYN, NY, July 10, 2012 - The National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced a $5.5 million grant over five years to advance the work of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC), a joint venture of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office. The goal of BHDC is to reduce health disparities among minorities and new immigrants in Brooklyn.

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Arthur Ashe Institute Partners with Brooklyn Orgs to Offer Youth Summer Jobs

BROOKLYN, NY, June 25, 2010 - "To achieve greatness, start where you are, use what you have, do what you can." If teens grab hold to these words, spoken by the late tennis great, Arthur Ashe, they might just press beyond the staggering statistics of summer unemployment. The outlook for jobs this summer is dismal and is expected to worsen. However, there are some golden opportunities that shed light on the importance of partnering with community-based organizations year round.

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Brooklyn Partnership Kicks off Capacity Building Trainings to Bridge Health Disparities Gap

BROOKLYN, NY, April 30, 2010 - On April 29th, over 50 representatives from Brooklyn community-based organizations attended the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center's (BHDC) first series of capacity-building workshops at Brooklyn Borough Hall. The benefits of community-campus partnerships, and the importance of advocating for underserved communities to bridge existing gaps in needed health and social services, were the main topics of discussion. BHDC represents a unique partnership between the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (community partner), SUNY Downstate Medical Center (academic partner), and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President (government partner) joined together to eliminate health disparities in the borough.

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Brooklyn Tackes Unequal Quality of Health Care For Low Income Residents and Communities of Color – National Institutes of Health Give $1.1 Million Grant to support Brooklyn's First Center on Health Disparities

On Wednesday, November 3 [2009] Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Congressman Major Owens, Dr. John C. LaRosa, President of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Luther T. Clark, Chief of Cardiology at SUNY Downstate and Dr. Ruth Browne, Executive Director of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health announced that the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) has given Brooklyn a $1.1 million grant over the next three years to help establish the Brooklyn Center on Health Disparities. This funding will initially focus on reducing disparities in care related to cardiovascular disease in Brooklyn's communities of color.

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