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[October 9, 2018]


Five-Year Federal Grant Provides In Funding for Diversity in Health Care Academy

BROOKLYN, NY— SUNY Downstate Medical Center announced receipt of a 5-year federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The $3.2 million grant will fund the Comprehensive National Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Academy at SUNY Downstate. The Office of Diversity Education and Research in the College of Medicine and the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health will work in collaboration on the HCOP Academy to attract, recruit, and retain economically and educationally disadvantaged students from Brooklyn.

"We're delighted to partner with our colleagues to address the need for STEM pipeline programs," said SUNY Downstate president Wayne J. Riley, M.D. "As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we are committed to empowering the next generation of medical professionals and providing opportunities for underrepresented students while promoting diversity in health care. This HRSA grant affords us opportunities to reach students who might otherwise not have considered the variety of career paths healthcare offers."

The HCOP Academy supports several pipeline programs to increase the diversity of high school, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students entering health professions careers. Scholarships will be offered to health profession degree students from North and Central Brooklyn communities to support students entering the College of Medicine and the College of Health-Related Professions.

"The HCOP Academy will support the legacy of diversity of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and advance our mission to train the best and brightest students," said principal investigator and SUNY Downstate Diversity Education and Research director Dr. Anika Daniels-Osaze.

Along with Dr. Daniels-Osaze, Diversity Education and Research associate dean Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster, and Drs. Marilyn Fraser and Mary Valmont of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health will lead the HCOP Academy. Educational objectives for the HCOP Academy include research and clinical exposure, MCAT training, comprehensive financial aid, scholarship information, and primary care exposure in federally qualified health centers in North and Central Brooklyn.

For more information on the Downstate's HCOP Academy programs, click here.


About SUNY Downstate Medical Center

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 376-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital is Downstate’s teaching hospital and is backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to University Hospital, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Health-Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit