The challenge


According to the National institute of Health, “Health disparities refer to the variation in rates of disease occurrence and disabilities between racial and socioeconomic population groups.” In simple terms, health disparities refer to diseases with low mortality rates in white communities might have a significantly higher mortality rate in people of color.  When examining statistics on health disparities in minority families, the results are staggering: almost twice the number of African Americans have diabetes than their white counterparts, and universally suffer worse clinical outcomes, according to public health professionals.

       

Top Left: Citation from the Brooklyn Borough President Top Right: Citation from New York City Council Bottom: Citation from Mayor of Baltimore

 

Mt. Moriah Pentecostal Church Health Fair, Brooklyn NY, July 2017

Programs


Peer-to-peer workshops

An important facet of the mission of Health Disparity is to educate students about health disparities. Lectures, followed by open ended peer-to-peer discussion provide us a critical vehicle to spread awareness.

Pictured: Workshop at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx

Health Fairs

Health fairs are an important way to get our message to community members.

Pictured: Health Fair at Erasmus Hall High School in Central Brooklyn

Internships

We have lead internships for high school students passionate about health disparities, social justice or community outreach in order to inspire the Citizens of Tomorrow.

Pictured: A research poster on health disparities created by students mentored by healthdisparity.org presented at the New York Presbyterian, Lang Youth Program Expo

Ambassadors

In order to continue to encourage healthful living and insightful conversations about health disparities in the organizations that Health Disparity has visited, we have established the Ambassador Program. Ambassadors are volunteers who are passionate about improving their communities and inspiring the citizens of tomorrow to take control of their own health.

Pictured: Anthony Williams (3rd from right), an Ambassador for Health Disparity. Photo taken following a workshop at the Children’s Village in the Bronx

Network

Our network of cancer researchers and survivors across the country helps to connect those working to solve the health disparities crisis in laboratories to community leaders  

Pictured: A member of our Network, Ms. Diane Nathaniel, a colon cancer survivor and founder of Beat Stage III. 

Research

We conduct research on health disparities in communities across New York City and New York State, examining populations as diverse as non-Hispanic Whites, Blacks, Hispanic and Caribbeans. This research has been published in journals and presented through poster and oral presentations at healthcare conferences

Pictured: A research poster on health disparities in New York City boroughs presented at the National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly 

Policy makers

Outreach to vital administrators and policy makers can help improve health outcomes for their constituents. For this reason, we meet with public officials, like Borough Presidents, to share our work and seek their advice

Pictured: Malhaar Agrawal with Diana Reyna, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President

 

 

 

Community 

Testimonials


Lynette Bedford
Mt. Moriah Pentecostal CHurch

Recognized Health Disparity’s participation and impact on community members at their annual health fair

“We loved having healthdisparity.org at our health fair. They added a really important public health component to the fair, and we are so thankful that they joined us. We wish Malhaar the best of luck on all of his non-profit’s endeavors”

Diana Reyna
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President

Awarded Health Disparity a citation for their community programs

““I am so proud of Malhaar’s work in the Brooklyn community. He is making the borough a healthier and happier place for every single one of its residents!”

Lashay S. Young
Policy Analyst for Staten Island Borough President

Spoke with Health Disparity about expanding our mission into Staten Island schools

“I’m pleased that a young adult like Malhaar has taken the initiative to improve his community and address the health disparities crisis in New York City. I am impressed by the progress he has made in his organization, and am excited to see where he goes next. We’d love to collaborate with him to improve the health of Staten Island. Best of luck!.”

Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President

Attended Health Disparity’s poster at the Erasmus Hall Health Fair

“Malhaar is an inspiration for students across New York City who are passionate about improving their communties.”