My story begins when I joined my school’s leadership club, HM Lead. Joining the Diversity Subcommittee piqued my interest as I learned of the importance my school places to ensure diversity in the school, be it class, color or creed. This experience inspired me to apply for an internship at Brooklyn Health Disparities Center (BHDC) where I wanted to explore my interest in community service. At BHDC, I learned the grave problem of health disparities in majority-minority communities. After weeks of discussion and researching the issue, I realized that health disparities were one of the defining issues of our times and needed to be brought to the attention of my peers to seek their participation as they become the citizens of tomorrow.
Read my editorial about the future of health disparities activism
A brighter tomorrow
The alleviation of health disparities in low income and minority communities must be led by students and youth. Education is a vital tool for eliminating disparities. Our non-profit harnesses the power of education by visiting schools in communities affected by disparities, and providing free education to students on health and disease in their neighborhoods.
Our flagship program is presenting a lecture to the student body on health disparities, called TALKS (Talking and Learning about Kommunity with Students). Following these lectures is a peer to peer conversation about the topic of healthy living and awareness of preventative measures.
Group photo of board members and volunteers during video shoot by Peacefirst. Pictured: Diane Nathaniel (center) colon cancer survivor and board member for Health Disparity, Divyesh Parthiban (right), non-profit youth team member