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SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, and Healthfirst Address Health Disparities

Public Forum Features National Experts Focusing on Health Disparities Facing Underrepresented Groups, Population Health and Strategies Going Forward

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (October 16, 2019) – Continuing its long-standing commitment to promoting health and wellness in diverse communities, on Saturday, October 19, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, in collaboration with Brooklyn Health Disparities Center and Healthfirst, will host Health Disparities: How Far Have We Come?”.

The conference will focus on understanding the current health disparity landscape and preparing for future trends in population health. The day-long event is free and open to the public, with an expected attendance of more than 100 community members and population health experts.

“Eliminating the health disparities that plague underserved populations is a central part of our mission here at SUNY Downstate,” said Dr. Moro Salifu, Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine at SUNY Downstate and Director of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, and a featured speaker at the conference. “This event brings together providers, insurers and out patients to have an open dialogue about how these disparities affect the health of our communities and develop strategies to close the gaps in care.”

Dr. Thomas A. LaVeist, the dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, will keynote the conference. Dr. LaVeist will discuss the prevalence of health disparities across the nation and strategies to address them.

The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC) is an innovative partnership formed in 2004 between SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. The partnership is committed to reducing health disparities in Brooklyn and increasing the level of engagement of academics, community members, and policymakers.


Media interested in covering this conference may contact John Gillespie at or call 718-270-2262. More information, including a full agency and location of conference events, can be found at this link.


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, 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 UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health 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 or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.