Online Program

Brooklyn health disparities center: A case study in government, community/ academic partnership

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Marilyn A. Fraser-White, MD, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Brooklyn, NY
Tracey E. Wilson, PhD, Department of Community Health Sciences, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Humberto Brown, MA, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Brooklyn, NY
Michael A. Joseph, PhD, MPH, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Ferdinand Zizi, MBA, Clinical Instructor of Medicine and Neurology, Program Director, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Pamela D. Straker, Ph.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, Brooklyn, NY
Clinton Brown, MD, Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Sandra Chapman, MPA, Brooklyn Borough President's Office, Brooklyn, NY
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C, College of Health Related Professions-Physician Assistant Program, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Mark Stewart, MD, Ph.D., SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
Moro Salifu, MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, NY
Ruth C. Browne, ScD, Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC), a collaboration between Arthur Ashe Institute, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Brooklyn Borough President's Office, was formed in 2004, and received an additional NIH grant in 2012, with the long-term objectives to foster community engaged research that contributes to the elimination of racial/ethnic disparities in Brooklyn, New York and to disseminate the ensuing clinically and community defined evidence-based health findings among academic, community, and policy stakeholders. This center's methodology focuses on utilizing resources in the community (including barbers, hair stylists, community based organizations, and churches) as messengers of health information. BHDC aims to 1) establish a dynamic research infrastructure that fosters community-engaged research collaborations among SUNY Downstate's five colleges, AAIUH, and its community partners in Brooklyn; 2) conduct methodologically rigorous community-engaged research on high priority topics in Brooklyn, NY (i.e. HIV and Cardiometabolic diseases); 3) continue to foster and strengthen local community partnerships to develop community-engaged research initiatives and disparity reducing policy initiatives; and 4) train high school, undergraduate, and graduate level underrepresented minorities (URM) to address health disparities in Brooklyn by employing community engaged approaches. BHDC provides a safe site for researchers to conduct community-based studies and to disseminate information to the community that is accurate, culturally congruent and reflects the latest advances in knowledge for the reduction of disparities in targeted areas. Presentation will address the importance of and the complexities associated with the engagement of community partners in developing the Center.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related education
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the range of community partners required for the success of the Center Discuss techniques for engaging community partners in the implementation of research Discuss the role of community partners within the Center and its processes Discuss communication strategies brought forth from the community using participatory involvement of stakeholders

Keyword(s): Health Disparities, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Marilyn Fraser-White is the Deputy Director at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health; Director of the Community Engagement Core of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She has been responsible for overseeing the Institute’s and the Center’s community outreach and research programs. She has presented her work at scientific meetings, nationally and internationally, and has published in peer-reviewed journals.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.