Brooklyn Health Disparities Center

Dr. Michael Joseph

Dr. Michael Joseph, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the BHDC Training Core, served on a panel on Tuesday, April 19th at Medgar Evers College (MEC).  The panel, moderated by Torian Easterling, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner, Brooklyn District Public Health Office/Center for Health Equity of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene was part of the MEC during Men of Medgar Week and the focused on a detailed exploration of the recent AAMC report- Altering The Course: Black Men In Medicine. The panel served as a chance for open dialogue and an enlightening experience for all who attended, as the panel discussed the significant decline in black men enrolling in medical schools. The panelists shared their path to medicine/education and their current involvement in increasing the diversity in the healthcare workforce. Dr. Easterling provided guiding questions to continue the discussion, followed by Question and Answers by the audience.

Dr. Michael Joseph, Interim Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Director of the BHDC Training Core recieved the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Ruth Browne

On January 28, 2015, Dr. Ruth Browne, Director of The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center and Chief Executive Officer of the Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) visited Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her presentation "Credible messengers, critical trust: Community health empowerment" was featured in the Michigan Daily.  Dr. Browne states

"I think that the process of community engagement with the academic medical center and with government allows us to really affect change at a level that we couldn't each individually, as organizations, do. The power of that, I think, is very profound." 

Dr. Moro Salifu


On March 16th, 2015, Dr. Moro Salifu Director of  The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center presented at SUNY Downstate Medical Center for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ground Rounds. His presentation was entitled "Health Disparities Research: Application in Women's Health.  Dr. Salifu  discussed  Health Equity and its impact on health disparities.
  • Advancing Primary Care Systems to Eliminate Health Iniquities
  • Promoting Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities to Ensure Equality
  • Evaluating Preconception Health Literacy Among Generations
  • Factors Affecting Dietary Choices in Low Income Households
  • Gender Differences in Condom Use Self Efficacy
  • Perceptions about Alcohol consumption during Pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Assessing Correlates of Self-Perceived Health
  •  A Study to Improve Health Literacy Course for Urban Adolescents


Topics that were presented included:


APHA Conference 2014

Disparities in Kidney Disease

By Dr. Moro Salifu
Credible Messengers; Critical Trust: Community Health Empowerment under the Affordable Healthcare Act 

By Dr. Ruth Browne
We are pleased to announce that on November 6th, 2014, Dr. Marilyn Fraser- White, Director of BHDC's Community Engagement Core and Deputy Executive Director at Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) visited Hofstra University. Her presentation"Community Outreach and Engagement" for the Community Organizing and Capacity Building graduate class of Dr. Anthony Santella In Hofstra's Health Professions Department. Dr. Fraser-White and the students engaged in an interactive discussion about AAIUH, BHDC, and the many aspects community engagement and organizing. Additionally, Dr. Fraser White discussed the research projects taking place here at the center. The student's were eager to learn more about the Center's work.
Dr. Salifu presented on the topic of "Health Disparities in Renal Diseases" at the January 11, 2014 Health Disparities in African Americans conference of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) and the AMHE Foundation. Among his take away points, Dr. Salifu commented, "Bridging gaps in access to care and improving socio-economics are essential to addressing the disparities in renal diseases." 

Dr. Marilyn Fraser- White 

Dr. Moro Salifu

Sharing Our Knowledge

Ruth C. Browne, ScD, MPH, MPP, Director of BHDC and Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, was awarded the 2013 Lewis and Jack Rudin Prize for Medicine and Health, at the New York Academy of Medicine, December 11, 2013. As part of her presentation, Dr. Browne commented, "I want to acknowledge the Institute's 20 year academic partner, SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Together we have built a national model for universities in partnership with communities." 

Dr. Ruth Browne

Awards & Presentations

The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center is delighted to inform you that our very own Tracey Wilson is the recipient of the first ever Alfred Stracher Faculty Recognition Award.   This award is presented to a faculty member for current outstanding research and excellence in mentoring.  This award was presented to Dr. Wilson on May 13, 2015 at the Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony in the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Atrium. 

Please join The Brooklyn Health Disparities Center in congratulating Dr. Wilson for this wonderful accomplishment, and for the honor and prestige she brings to our Center and Downstate institution!


Congratulations, Dr. Wilson. We wish you the best!

Dr. Tracey Wilson

On March 3, 2015, during Disabilities Week, Dr. Kaplan Co-Director of BHDC's Research, Training, & Education Core  Core and Interim Dean of  SUNY Downstate's College Health Related Professions presented. Her presentation was entilted "In My Language: A Discussion of Difference and Autism."

Dr. Margaret Kaplan

Dr. Pamela D. Straker, Director of Operations for BHDC presented to 32 members of the Partnership for a Healthier Brooklyn at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, New York. Her presentation was entitled "Social Determinants...Any Progress?".   Dr. Straker reviewed the concepts of health disparities, health equity, and discussed progress in addressing social determinants from a national and local perspective.

Dr. Pamela Straker