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Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Center Projects

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Workshops

CBPR Workshops Brochure

Two CBPR workshops are hosted by the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center each year to increase community-academic partnership and collaboration among community leaders, medical researchers and policy makers to ultimately promote minority health and reduce health disparities.

Workshops are specifically designed to benefit community-based organizations that serve minority communities; organizations that already engage in community-based work related to health, but not necessarily health disparities and that have an interest in engagement in partnership with an academic institution; and organizations that have an infrastructure to implement community-based participatory research projects.

For more information, please contact Marilyn White, MD, Director of Community Engagement Core and Associate Director for Research and Training at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.

For feedback and information about the 2010 Workshops, please open up the CBPR - Your Community, Your Voice Brochure (PDF).

Community-Based Organizations engaged in BHDC activities are encouraged to complete an online survey. This survey is designed to gauge your perception of the level of engagement between you, your organization and the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center.

Please use this link to access the survey:

Health Disparities Summer Internship Program

Summer Internship Program Information brochure Summer Internship Program FAQ

High school students accepted into the Arthur Ashe Institute's Health Science Academy are invited to take advantage of a 4-week health disparities paid internship program. Students attend informative lectures and engage in interactive learning with their peers, covering the topics: An introduction to Health Disparities, Culture, Health in America, Immigration and Health, Health Disparities in Brooklyn, and Policy and Advocacy.

As part of the internship, students work with community-based organizations where they gain hands-on experience related to issues discussed in class. They are also expected to complete co-directed research projects which will strengthen the organizations and reinforce students' research skills. Students have an opportunity to present their work to elected officials at the end of the internship experience.

For more information on this program please visit Health Science Academy.

Get the PDF of the Urban Health Chronicles Winter 2010 journal featuring BHDC's Health Disparities Summer Internship Program.

Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group (CORG)

The CORG registry was established in collaboration with four Brooklyn hospitals (University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital, VA NY Harbor Health Care System, Brookdale Hospital) to centralize Brooklyn's patient outcomes in chronic disease. As an outgrowth of the CORG registry, six pilot projects were initially developed to understand the relationships of cardiovascular disease, sleep apnea, metabolic disorders and obesity. So far, over 750 patients have been enrolled in CORG.

For more information on CORG, please contact Dr. Girardin Jean-Louis.

Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE)

PRIDE is a research career advancing opportunity for junior investigators with a terminal degree, which provides intensive didactic and mentored research training in health disparities. There is a need to increase the numbers of minorities in the health and research professions. In fact, only 3 percent of science and medicine faculty in US schools are African American, Latino or Native American. SIPID works to increase the number of underrepresented minority scientists who will be empowered to conduct outstanding research to address disorders of the heart, lung, blood and sleep. SIPID is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

For more information, please visit the PRIDE web site.