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In this edition BHDC Health Disparities Summer Internship 2012 Student Research U.S & Caribbean SDOH Internship Program

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Year Three: Summer Internship 2012 The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, in partnership with the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President created the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center in 2004. The Center, funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), was created to reduce health disparities among minorities and new immigrants in Brooklyn, New York through clinical and community based research, education, outreach and training. In 2009, the BHDC received a 2-year grant from the NIH-NIMHD to develop and implement a health disparities curriculum for high school students and to increase the capacity of community-based organizations (CBOs) to conduct research. For the past three years, the Arthur Ashe Institute has conducted the Brooklyn Health Disparities Summer Internship Program (HDSIP) to provide a community engaged health disparities summer course for students recruited from the Institute’s Health Science Academy, a three-year after-school science enrichment program. In addition to didactic training on health disparities, students conduct research projects in collaboration with members of participating CBOs. Building on the success of the previous years, 25 teenagers participated, during the month of July, in the 4-week internship program designed to engage minority youth while building the capacity of CBOs to conduct Community –Based Participatory Research (CBPR) on health equity issues. The students were placed at 14 local community based organizations to perform research projects on a variety of the social determinants of health issues, resulting in advocacy and policy recommendations for local decision makers. Their internship experience culminated with oral and poster presentations of their projects to local leaders and legislators at the Brooklyn Borough Hall. The curriculum, expanded from previous years, includes additional perspectives on health disparities related to mental health, social media and advocacy. The HDSIP continues to receive positive feedback from students, their families, members of the participating CBOs, and legislators, which has resulted in a recent grant from the NIMHD to continue the program over a 5-year period. Moreover, the program was replicated in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in July of 2012, as part of a Fulbright award received by the Institute’s CEO, Dr. Ruth C. Browne. An overview of the posters from the Trinidad & Tobago program is also included in this publication. Marilyn Fraser-White, MD Deputy Director

Urban Health Chronicles Funded by: The National Institutes of Health National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities Editor: Merrill Black Designer: Catherine Herrera


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What’s Inside: (Click on Poster thumbnails to view) BHDSIP Barriers - pgs 4 - 5

Adolescent Health & Social Media Students: Whitney Arneaud, Ricardo Sampson, Madeda Thomas

Access to Cancer Care Among Minorities Students: Jelani Roberts, Cherish Rodney

An Assesment of the “Together We Achieve Growth” (TAG) Programme Students: Corrado Figaro, Ayesha Greene

Accessibility to Cancer Services for Arab-Americans Student: Shirley Weng

Examining the Socio-Economic Factors of Pacemaker/Defibrilator Patients Students: Candice Fraser

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Barrier Busters Students: Jordayna Francois, Saliyah George

What’s Your Emergency? Overuse of the Emergency Room Students: Geovanni Charles, Genesis Smith

Linguistic Barriers to Healthcare in Brooklyn Student: Shaniece Lawson

HIV Can’t Happen to Me Student: Danyell Welsh

Messaging- pgs 6 - 7

Wellness - pgs 10 - 11

Friend Me For Health Students: Michael Onitiri, Shantell Trapp

Choice Pantry vs. Traditional Food Pantry Students: Alissa Harrell, Cassandra Saint Louis

Receptivity to Health Messages on Public Transportation Students: Daniel Anikwue, Likowsky Desir

Promoting Healthier Options to Food Stamps Recipients in the Bushwick Community Student: Yadira Logombra, Raysa Sosa

Youth & Adolescent Awareness of Transportation Safety Students: Kelly Laurent, Kalia Monlyn

Why Stress? Students: Andrew Pierre, Cierra Bennett

Incarceration Amongst Inner City Youth and Supportive Efforts to Reduce Recidivism Students: Davis Jacques, Gregory Rousseau

Impact of Work Intensity & Environment on the Health of Oilfield Workers Students: Natalie George, Priyanka Maharaj, Candy Vasanti Sirju Improving Guardian’s Participation in K.I.N.D’s Literacy Programme Students: Adenique Alleyne, Shane Musai Oportunities for HIV/AIDS Outreach Programs at Cultural Events in Trinidad & Tobago Students:Hakeem Charles, Andrea Wright, Romario Hamid The Incidence of Compliance with Medication Among Diabetic Patients Students: Samara Hassranah, Michael Phillip Tobago Heritage Festival: An Ideal Venue for Raising Awareness About Environmental Issues Students: Shakrise Caruth, Tameeka Murphy Vehicular Emissions and the Health Belief Model Students: Jheueul Carter-Guy, Karishma Harrilal-Maharaj


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Barriers The curriculum introduced students to a variety of barriers to services. Student teams compiled and examined various types of data to identify specific barriers, cultural, linguistic, and physical that diminish and reduce help-seeking behaviors in particular groups.


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(Click on Poster to view) Access to Cancer Care Among Minorities Students: Jelani Roberts, Cherish Rodney CBO: American Cancer Society Advisors: Carol Becker, LaToya Williams

Accessibility to Cancer Services for Arab-Americans Student: Shirley Weng CBO: Arab-American Family Support Center Advisor: Maha Attieh

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I love spending time at the CBO and getting a positive experience with it. ~ Jelani Roberts

Barrier Busters Students: Jordayna Francois, Saliyah George CBO: Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled Advisors: Gabriela Amari, Michael Godino, Sandrina Kingston

Language Barriers in Adolescent Health in Brooklyn Students: Stephanie Collins, Alyssea Sealey CBO: New York University Nursing Mobile Health Van Program Advisors: Audrey Neff

Linguistic Barriers to Healthcare in Brooklyn Student: Shaniece Lawson CBO: Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes Advisor: Stephan Beasley

(L-R) Nicole Primus, Education Coordinator, Community Outreach, and Student Interns Jelani Roberts and Cherish Rodney


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(Click on Poster to view) (Click on Poster to view) Friend Me For Health Students: Michael Onitiri, Shantell Trapp CBO: Diaspora Community Services CBO Advisors: Stephanie Medrano, LaRonda Sharpes

Incarceration Amongst Inner City Youth and Supportive Efforts to Reduce Recidivism Students: Davis Jacques, Gregory Rousseau CBO: Hatian-American Community Coalition

Receptivity to Health Messages on Public Transportation Students: Daniel Anikwue, Likowsky Desir CBO: Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health CBO Advisors: Francis Agbetor, Lakeisha Lubin, Angelo Pinto

I was able to make a difference by helping to make a social networking site a place where other people can receive health information. ~ Shantell Trapp

Shantell Trapp Youth & Adolescent Awareness of Transportation Safety Students: Kelly Laurent, Kalia Monlyn CBO: NYC Dept. of Transportation’s Y.E.S. Program CBO Advisor: Cheryl Johnson

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Messaging Understanding that awareness is the first critical step in prevention and behavior change, students conducted surveys of targeted audiences to assess knowledge levels and the efficacy of a variety of messaging platforms such as social networks, video and public signage.


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Translational Research A gap often exists between bodies of knowledge and its practical application in poor communities. Students analyzed service usage patterns and awareness to inform the development of sustainable public health approaches.


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(Click on Poster to view) As a result of working with HEAT, I realized that more adolescents approach me about condoms and protection and I feel like my participation has helped me to help my peers practice safer sex.

HIV Can’t Happen to Me Student: Danyell Welsh CBO: Health & Education Alternatives for Teens Advisors: Richelyne Nemorin, Tiffany Patterson

What’s Your Emergency? Overuse of the Emergency Room Students: Geovanni Charles, Genesis Smith CBO: Brooklyn Prenatal Network Advisors: Lorna Fairweather, Craig Holden, Sharon Marshall Taylor

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Danyell Welsh and Group Leader Latoya Hamilton

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Wellness The program’s classroom preparation helps students see the impact of environmental factors, including family and financial stressors and scarcity of healthy food choices on health. Students surveyed consumers to help tailor services to increase access to mental health services and nutritious affordable food.


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Choice Pantry vs. Traditional Food Pantry Students: Alissa Harrell, Cassandra Saint Louis CBO: CAMBA Advisors: Dhana Lewis, Lucila Santana This experience helps me realize how much I want to be in the medical field

Promoting Healthier Options to Food Stamps Recipients in the Bushwick Community Students: Yadira Logombra, Raysa Sosa CBO: Make the Road New York Advisors: Doris Mejia, Rebecca Telzak

Why Stress? Students: Cierra Bennett, Andrew Pierre CBO: Community Counseling & Mediation Advisors: Myriam Lamothe, Christine Thinn

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(L-R) Cierra Bennett and Carol Benett (ACS)

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Social Determinants of Health Internship Programme for Secondary School Students / SDOH The health workforce crisis is one of the most critical issues facing public healthcare systems in the Caribbean. After decades of having a limited profile in the health priorities of the region, development of the public health workforce has emerged as a core component of public health development. Both the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and the University of the West Indies recognize the importance of educating the new generation of public health leaders who understand global health and the role social determinants play. Recognizing the complexity of the economic and social determinants of health, we partner with a wide variety of grassroots and institutional organizations to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for underserved groups. In the summer of 2010, the AAIUH, in partnership with the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, developed and implemented a four-week health disparities curriculum and internship program funded by the NIMHD. The two-year program offered training on social determinants of health and research methodology to high school students in Brooklyn. With the Ruth C. Browne, ScD Chief Executive Officer Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health

support of the J. William Fulbright Regional NEXUS Scholarship Program, this program was replicated in Trinidad & Tobago in 2012. The Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Internship Programme for secondary students seeks to encourage youth to explore the field of public health. The program engaged partners from local NGOs, Government ministries, secondary schools, and the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences. Through this internship, 20 students from Trinidad and Tobago participated in a 5-week program to gain a better understanding of the social challenges that affect health and related sectors. Students received didactic training on the social determinants of health and conducted research projects at local organizations. The findings from the nine research projects were presented at a closing ceremony in August 2012 at the University of the West Indies’ Mount Hope Campus. A summary of the students’ presentations from both programs is presented in this journal. Replicating this program in the Caribbean has laid the groundwork for this new generation of leaders who will understand equity, social justice and sustainability.

Candy Vasanti Sirju

Michael Phillip and Samara Hassranah

Jheueul Carter-Guy and Karishma Harrilal-Maharaj


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We found the process of working with the Institute to develop the social determinants curriculum within the context of Trinidad and Tobago extremely valuable, a model of productive international collaboration. ~Professor Samuel Ramsewak,

Dean of the School of Medical Sciences


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Adolescent Health & Social Media Students: Whitney Arneaud, Ricardo Sampson, Makeda Thomas CBO: TOCO Foundation

An Assesment of the “Together We Achieve Growth” (TAG) Programme Students: Corrado Figaro, Ayesha Greene CBO: Families in Action

Examining the Socio-Economic Factors of Pacemaker/Defibrilator Patients Student: Candice Fraser CBO: Heartbeat International of Trinidad & Tobago

Impact of Work Intensity & Environment on the Health of Oilfield Workers Students: Natalie George, Priyanka Maharaj, Candy Vasanti Sirju CBO: The Oilfields Worker’s Trade Union

Improving Guardian’s Participation in K.I.N.D’s Literacy Programme Students: Adenique Alleyne, Shane Musai CBO: Kids in Need of Direction

Oportunities for HIV/AIDS OUtreach Programs at Cultural Events in Trinidad & Tobago Students: Hakeem Charles, Andrea Wright, Romario Hamid CBO: Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society

The Incidence of Compliance with Medication Among Diabetic Patients Students: Samara Hassranah, Michael Phillip CBO: Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago

Tobago Heritage Festival: An Ideal Venue for Raising Awareness About Environmental Issues Students: Shakrise Caruth, Tameeka Murphy CBO: Environment Tobago

Vehicular Emissions and the Health Belief Model Students: Jheueul Carter-Guy, Karishma Harrilal-Maharaj CBO: The Cropper Foundation


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Brooklyn Health Disparities Center: A Partnership between the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Science Academy & the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office Health Disparities Summer 2012 Internship Program American Cancer Society Access to Cancer Care Among Minorities Students: Jelani Roberts, Cherish Rodney Advisors: Carol Becker, LaToya Williams

Community Counseling and Mediation Why Stress? Students: Cierra Bennett, Andrew Pierre Advisors: Myriam Lamothe, Christine Thinn

Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) Accessibility to Cancer Services for Arab-Americans Student: Shirley Weng Advisor: Maha Attieh

Diaspora Community Services Friend Me For Health Students: Michael Onitiri, Shantell Trapp Advisors: Stephanie Medrano, LaRonda Sharpes

Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Receptivity to Health Messages on Public Transportation Students: Daniel Anikwue, Likowsky Desir Advisors: Francis Agbetor, Lakeisha Lubin, Angelo Pinto

Haitian-American Community Coalition Incarceration Amongst Inner City Youth and Supportive Efforts to Reduce Recidivism Students: Davis Jacques, Gregory Rousseau Advisor: Fuljens Henry

Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled, Inc Barrier Busters Students: Jordayna Francois, Saliyah George Advisors: Gabriela Amari, Michael Godino, Sandrina Kingston Brooklyn Partnership to Drive Down Diabetes Linguistic Barriers to Healthcare in Brooklyn Student: Shaniece Lawson Advisor: Stephan Beasley Brooklyn Perinatal Network What’s Your Emergency? Overuse of the Emergency Room Students: Geovanni Charles, Genesis Smith Advisors: Lorna Fairweather, Craig Holden, Sharon Marshall-Taylor CAMBA Choice Pantry vs. Traditional Food Pantry Students: Alissa Harrell, Cassandra Saint Louis Advisors: Dhana Lewis, Lucila Santana

Health Education Alternatives for Teens (H.E.A.T) HIV Can’t Happen to Me Student: Danyell Welsh Advisors: Richelyne Nemorin, Tiffany Patterson Make The Road NY, Inc. Promoting Healthier Options to Food Stamps Recipients in the Bushwick Community Students: Yadira Logombra, Raysa Sosa Advisors: Doris Mejia, Rebecca Telzak NYC Department of Transportation: Y.E.S. Program Youth & Adolescent Awareness of Transportation Safety Students: Kelly Laurent, Kalia Monlyn Advisor: Cheryl Johnson NYU Mobile Van Program Language Barriers in Adolescent Health in Brooklyn Students: Stephanie Collins, Alyssea Sealey Advisor: Audrey Neff

SDOH Summer Internship Programme for Secondary School Students in the Caribbean (2012) Diabetes Association of Trinidad & Tobago The Incidence of Compliance with Medication Among Diabetic Patients Students: Samara Hassranah, Michael Phillip Environment Tobago Tobago Heritage Festival: An Ideal Venue for Raising Awareness About Environmental Issues Students: Shakrise Caruth, Tameeka Murphy Families in Action An Assesment of the “Together We Achieve Growth” (TAG) Programme Students: Corrado Figaro, Ayesha Greene Heartbeat International of Trinidad & Tobago Examining the Socio-Economic Factors of Pacemaker/Defibrilator Patients Student: Candice Fraser Kids in Need of Direction (K.I.N.D) Improving Guardian’s Participation in K.I.N.D’s Literacy ProgrammeStudents: Adenique Alleyne, Shane Musai The Cropper Foundation Vehicular Emissions and the Health Belief Model Students: Jheueul Carter-Guy, Karishma Harrilal-Maharaj The Oilfields Worker’s Trade Union Impact of Work Intensity & Environment on the Health of Oilfield Workers Students: Natalie George, Priyanka Maharaj, Candy Vasanti Sirju TOCO Foundation Adolescent Health & Social Media Students: Whitney Arneaud, Ricardo Sampson, Makeda Thomas Trinidad & Tobago Red Cross Society Oportunities for HIV/AIDS Outreach Programs at Cultural Events in Trinidad & Tobago Students: Hakeem Charles, Andrea Wright, Romario Hamid


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Chief Executive Officer Ruth C. Browne, Sc.D 7

Deputy Director Marilyn A. Fraser White, MD Associate Director for Health Science Education Mary Valmont, Ph.D

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Manager of Curriculum Development Merrill Black

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Education Coordinator, Community Outreach Nicole Primus

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Education Coordinator, Health Science Academy Ese Oghenejobo

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Program Coordinator, Health Science Academy Catherine Herrera

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BHDC and Community Engagement Core Ruth Browne, Sc.D Principal Investigator Mary Valmont, Ph.D Associate Director, Health Science Education Nicole Primus, MPA Education Coordinator

Sandra Chapman Deputy Borough President

Moro Salifu, MD Principal Investigator

Marilyn A. Fraser White, MD Director of Community Engagement Core Humberto Brown Semiinar Director

Michael Joseph, Ph.D Co-Director, Community Engagement Core Pamela Shaker, Ph.D Project Coordinator

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