I hope this message finds you well. As some of you already know, this past fall I was appointed by Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett to build a new division in the health department called the Center for Health Equity. I am honored, excited, and have been very busy in this new role. I am no longer directly over the Brooklyn Office, however, with great fortune, the Brooklyn District Public Health Office along with the other two Offices in Harlem and the South Bronx all now report to the Center for Health Equity. Even though, I now sit in the central office in LIC, I am still very much connected to the District Public Health Offices as we consider these offices playing a key part in advancing health equity through their place-based and neighborhood focus in NYC.
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of K. Torian Easterling, M.D., M.P.H., as the new Assistant Commissioner of the Center for Health Equity’s Brooklyn District Public Health Office, effective April 13, 2015.
Since 2012 Dr. Easterling, a board-certified physician in both family medicine and preventive medicine, has served as the Assistant Professor of the Department of Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ. While at UMDNJ, Dr. Easterling oversaw the training of medical students, drawing from his upbringing in Newark and East Orange N.J., along with his travels abroad to Haiti, Ghana, Liberia, and domestically to New Orleans. This diversity of life experience enriched his teaching, and allowed his students to better understand the barriers to health delivery in impoverished and resource-poor environments, while simultaneously providing them with the skills needed to address these obstacles.
In addition, Darrin Taylor who served as my Deputy Director in Brooklyn has also moved centrally to LIC and is now the Executive Director of Administration for the Center for Health Equity. Ewel Napier now serves as the Deputy Director of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office.
Please join me in welcoming Dr. Easterling and Mr. Napier to their new roles!
And for all of my BK partners, thank you for all of your support and know that I am only a phone call or email away…also I still live in the neighborhood! See you soon.
A Message from Dr. Aletha Maybank
Associate Professor; Director, Large Research Initiatives; Chief- Section for Health Equity in the Department of Population Health and Medicine at the New York University School Of Medicine
1Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York, "Disability Matters: Unequal Treatment and the Status of People with Disabilities in New York City and New York State (July 26, 2011)
Peters highlighted health disparities as a major issue among people with disabilities. Nationally, adults with disabilities report fair or poor health more frequently than Hispanics or blacks. Obesity is higher among people with disabilities, as are diabetes, stroke, and coronary heart disease. Peters commented, "Being Deaf shouldn't intrinsically put you at a higher risk of heart attack." Women with mobility impairments have a much lower adjusted odds ratio of pap smears than other women. Being in a wheelchair affected the diagnosis of and treatment decisions for women with early-state breast cancer.
Joan Peters presented on the issues associated with being a disabled person who is also a member of a racial and/or ethnic minority group at BHDC's November 2013 Journal Club meeting. Her presentation led to innovations in training SUNY Downstate Medical Center students.
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