Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center “My School Ready”

Brooklyn, NY

Health Disparity attended the Bedford-Stuyvesant “My School Ready” Health Fair to connect with youth of color in a group setting. Many students attended the health fair to access back-to-school resources and the workshop which Health Disparity held allowed for additional information to be disseminated about unequal access to healthcare resources in the local community.

Brooklyn Community Services “Shower in the City”

Brooklyn, NY

Health Disparity was referred to present at a health fair hosted by Brooklyn Community Services by local partners as the organizers sought to integrate a student-led and focused organization into the group of presenters. Malhaar was Health DIsparity’s team leader for this event and he led data collection regarding the greatest health challenges for the Central Brooklyn community served by the health fair and shared his findings with community members. Several educators found the workshop Health Disparity led to be helpful and shared their interest in discussing healthy food ideas with their students.


“We love Health Disparity!”

-Lawrence Norman, educator












Police Athletic League Breukelen Cornerstone, Brooklyn, New York

Malhaar attended a health fair held at the Police Athletic League Breukelen Cornerstone. It was attended by community members and focused on the impact of COVID-19 on this underserved community. Malhaar shared pamphlets produced by Health Disparity on evidence of racial disparities in COVID-19 illness in New York City communities and tips on how to help alleviate them.




“It was great to have Malhaar around because all of the kids here had a student like them to talk to about their health questions.”

-Jamel Robinson, health fair organizer




Brownsville Community Center

Brooklyn, New York

The first in-person event of the year! Malhaar discussed health disparities with students attending Brownsville”s Community Health Fair. He discussed how COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted Brownsville and its surrounding neighborhoods. 




“Malhaar was fun to listen to and a great teacher”

-Keisa Lancer, Student Attendee





Full Gospel Assembly of God

Brooklyn, NY

Student volunteers at Health DIsparity presented to dozens of local community members in a majority-minority area of Central Brooklyn. 


Insightful and interesting presentation. Great!

-Yolana Cruz, Community member





Workshops for Latinx and Indigenous Communities

Dallas and Fort Worth Texas

Health Disparity’s new affiliate based in Texas has conducted a series of workshops for communities of color in Texas, expanding beyond the primarily African and Caribbean-American communities the non-profit serves in New York.



“Informative and inspirational work” 

-Juanita Sanchez, student attendee






Pictured: Student attendees posing in front of the homepage of!

Health Workshop

South Bronx, NY






“Malhaar and his teammates at Health Disparity did an excellent job breaking down the challenges of health disparities, the risk it poses to the local community and how students like me should take charge in ending them.”

Julius Morenway, student attendee



Health Workshop

Central Brooklyn, NY

Malhaar and several student volunteers in Health Disparity presented to community members and spoke at a town hall for local minority residents. 




“! think team Health Disparity is doing incredible work. They are an inspiration to the community”

-John Maxwell, local resident and health activist





Health Fair

Little Jerusalem House of Prayer, Brooklyn, NY

Malhaar helped a Health Disparity student volunteer create a presentation and host a workshop at this health fair for local community members and youth. 




“Team Health Disparity is excellent!”

-Betty Jung, Coordinator of Center for Community Health Promotion at Downstate Medical Center.






Zion Church, Fredericksburg, Virgina

Malhaar was invited to speak at TEDx Fredericksburg to share his experiences through Health Disparity and mission to improve health equity in communities of color. He also spoke about his belief that youth were the key to alleviating health disparities as they were the citizens of tomorrow.


“Malhaar was a great speaker. His message resonated with the audience.”

-Dr. Angela Thomas, TEDx Organizer




Class Workshop

Brooklyn Health Disparities Center, Brooklyn, NY

Malhaar hosted a workshop at Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. His internship at this local non-profit in 2016 inspired him to dedicate himself to the challenge of health disparities as he conducted original research and did community outreach. The organizers of the Center, who Malhaar continues to stay in touch with and who serve on Health Disparity’s board, invited him to back the Center for this year’s class of students. The workshop was excellent, and the interns were engaged and excited to hear about how Malhaar built on his experience at Brooklyn Health Disparities Center to become a non-profit leader. Several of the youth attendees were motivated by Malhaar’s message, and have become new volunteers of team Health Disparity.




“Malhaar did great!”

-Lakia Maxwell, Research Education Coordinator at Brooklyn Health Disparities Center







Health Fair + Workshop

Brooklyn, new York

Team Health Disparity presented at a health fair and workshop in Medgar Evers Head Start School in Flatbush, Brooklyn. They had the opportunity to connect with students and local community members of color, and show the impact of health disparities through research and honest discussion.



“They really know their stuff. I love the fact that youth are out here in my community and helping others.”

-Serena Thurston, health fair organizer








Speaking at Facebook

menlo Park, California

Facebook for Education gave Malhaar an all expenses paid trip to Menlo Park to speak at Facebook Headquarters as part of the “State of Young People” series. He spoke about the power of youth in revolutionizing their communities, based in his experience doing community activism.




“Malhaar was an absolute delight to be around, and an all-around inspiration”

– Isaac Espinal, community activist






Annual Health Disparities Symposium

Horace Mann School, Bronx

The Health Disparities Club at Horace Mann School, which Malhaar is the president of, organized their annual health disparities symposium. Speakers included Wilma Alvarado-Little, the Director of the Office of Health Disparities for the State of New York and Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo, Diane Nathaniel, a stage 3 colon cancer survivor and activist and Sofia, a 4th grade student from Brooklyn who recently lost her mother to breast cancer. Malhaar also spoke about his 52 mile walk along the side of a highway from Selma to Montgomery Alabama to learn more about the Civil Rights movement. This event was awarded a citation from the Bronx Borough President.

Pictured, main photo: Malhaar speaks about his 52 mile walk

Pictured, second photo: All speakers together for a photo

Pictured, third photo: Mrs. Alvarado-Little’s presentation

Pictured, fourth photo: Sofia talk about her experience handling her mother’s diagnosis

Pictured, fifth photo: Ms. Diane Nathaniel’s Presentation

Read the article here:



“Malhaar did a great job presenting. He is doing such important work in his school and his community, and he is changing lives. I’m so happy to have been a close friend and mentor of his, and he will be famous one day!

– Diane Nathaniel, Stage 3 colon cancer survivor, community activist and speaker at this event.

The Horace Mann Record


Health Fair

Flatbush, Brooklyn

Divyesh, a student volunteer at Health Disparity, spoke to community members in a majority-minority neighborhood in central Brooklyn about health disparities. 




“Health Disparity’s presentation was really informative for all of the audience. Thanks for coming and we hope you continue working in this community to educate residents about health disparities

Marcia Kwekwe, local resident





Horace Mann School Book Fair

Malhaar co-hosted a workshop for Book Day at his school. The book was “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, a story about Trevor Noah difficult early life in Apartheid South Africa. At this presentation, Malhaar shared his health disparities research with his peers and fielded questions about health disparities in Bronx and Brooklyn.




“Great presentation” 

-Oliver Keimweiss, Co-peer leader of workshop





Centene Accelerator

Pro Football Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

Health Disparity was selected to participate in a non-profit accelerator in Cleveland, Ohio. There, the team learned how to refine and develop aspects of the non-profit ranging from workshop curricula, outreach strategy and student recruitment. The team also competed for grants against the 4 other non-profits at the Accelerator, and they were awarded $1000 at the end of the event. 

Pictured, main photo: Malhaar and Divyesh (right), Lou Serapiglia, Vice President of Aultman Hospital

Pictured, second photo: Malhaar and Divyesh (middle), Adrian Bailou and Fish Stark (ends), mentors for Health Disparity selected by event organizer Centene and Peacefirst

Pictured, third photo: group photo with all non-profit teams, event organizers and judges.

Pictured, last photo: pitch in action!




“Wow. Health Disparity blew us away with their pitch and their clear commitment to their mission to alleviate inequities in minority communities. We are so glad to support them in their goal.” 

-Fish Stark, Youth Activation Manager for Peace First






Youth Panel

Carnegie Corporation of New York, Manhattan

Malhaar was invited to speak as part of a 5 person panel of youths about his non-profit and its model in bringing about change to communities of color. He shared recent research he conducted on outcomes of the peer-to-peer workshops he helps run that show increases in health disparities knowledge among students of color.






Book Tour

Manhattan, New York

Malhaar was invited to speak about his experiences as a youth activist in New York City at an event organized by Eric Dawson, a national leader in youth activism. He spoke to the audience about how youth are uniquely position to make meaningful change in their communities and answered questions. 




“Malhaar spoke knowledgeably and with poise. His inspirational story was informative for the audience in understanding how youth activists nationally are important changemakers of tomorrow” 

-Eric Dawson, Author of Putting Peace First: 7 Commitments to Change the World




Film Shoot

Brooklyn, New York

Malhaar was invited to be 1 of 5 youth activists nationally featured in a film shoot highlighting activism. This shoot took place in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. The entire Peacefirst team was invited to be part of the shoot, and pictured are board member Diane Nathaniel and Divyesh, a student volunteer.

The video was featured in Teen Vogue:






University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE SCHOLARS Symposium 

Baltimore, Maryland

As part of a semester-long curriculum collaboration initiative with the University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE Scholars Programs, Health Disparity was invited to host a workshop for rising Baltimore middle school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Divyesh, a member of Health Disparity from New Jersey, led the presentation and fielded questions during the forum after the workshop. In this workshop, Health Disparity distributed IRB approved surveys to students to measure outcomes of this peer-to-peer intervention.





The students walked away inspired from Health Disparity’s presentation. We are so glad they made the trip!”

Ann Marie Felauer, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC

Specialty Director, Pediatric Acute/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program

University of Maryland School of Nursin


UMB CURE Scholars ceremony 

University of Maryland, Baltimore

During the winter and spring of 2018, Health Disparity worked with students from UMB CURE Scholars Program on various health disparities projects, primarily a video on health disparities topics. For this support, Malhaar was invited to a poster presentation ceremony where students shared research with parents and faculty. Malhaar enjoyed the health disparities posters that students which he mentored had created. Further, the video Health Disparity had helped create with the students was shown during the program for community members and physicians alike.






“Our partnership with Health Disparity has been incredible for the students. We are incredibly grateful for their contribution to our program.” 

-Lauren Kareem, Assistant Director of University of Maryland, Baltimore CURE Scholars Program

Pictured: Malhaar with the students who were part of the Anatomy Curriculum track at the UMB CURE Scholars Program. Many of the students in this track placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the STEM Expo, receiving medals!. 


HEALTH disparities symposium

Horace Mann School symposium on health disparities

The Health Disparities Club at Horace Mann School hosted a symposium on January 17th for Middle and Upper Division students and faculty. The speakers were Vanessa Gibson, New York City Councilwoman and  Monica Sweeney MD, MPH, Professor and Chairman, Department of Health Policy & Management at School of Public Health, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. The Symposium was well attended and appreciated by the students and faculty. The speakers spoke of the discrimination that minority community face in seeking health care and the initiatives deployed on the ground in New York City.






     The Horace Mann Record

St. Jacobi Health Fair

St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, New York

Malhaar was invited to present at a health fair in Brooklyn. This was part of a series of health fairs Health Disparity has helped to organize with the Consul General of Mexico, Pfizer RxPathways, the Hispanic Federation and other organizations. This was also the first health fair where he distributed surveys to assess the impact of these workshops with community members.


Immaculate Conception Health Fair

Immaculate Conception Church, Bronx, New York

Malhaar attended and spoke at a health fair held at Immaculate Conception Church in the Bronx. He spoke about disparities in health faced by Hispanic communities and the need for early screenings. For this event, Malhaar sent letters to 100 schools in the Bronx area. This health fair was organized in part by the Consul General of Mexico, Pfizer RxPathways, the Hispanic Federation and many other community organizations.



Newark, New Jersey

Malhaar presented at the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) AWARE for All health fair in Newark, New Jersey at the Rutgers Robeson Campus Center. AWARE for All is a free program that aims to educate and empower the public in making informed decisions about clinical research participation. This event includes free health screenings and food, informational exhibits that feature community organizations and research centers, local physician and patient speakers, and a reception to honor clinical research participants.








Top photo: Malhaar being interviewed for Trudy Haynes Show

Bottom Photo: Malhaar presenting his abstract

National Medical Association 

Philadelhphia, Pennsylvania

Malhaar was invited to present his abstract on health disparities in New York City boroughs at the 115th Annual National Medical Association Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly.

Malhaar also attended the conference for 2 days, meeting champions in the health disparities awareness movement. He attended and participated in insightful workshops with thought leaders on healthcare policy. 


Here is the link to his full presentation. Take a look!





Pictured: Malhaar stands beside Brooklyn Borough President & NYC Mayor Eric Adams

Erasmus Hall health Fair

Brooklyn, New York




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

Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough President




Invited Presentation at Manhattan Borough President’s Office 




” Malhaar was so kind and thoughtful, and his work should be an inspiration to all organizations in the City. I hope and believe he will succeed in his mission to bring about a better community in the Borough. ” – Ayisha Irfan, Policy Analyst for Education, Justice and Policing for Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President


Mt. Moriah Pentecostal Church Health & Wellness Fair, Brooklyn, New York

Malhaar attended a health fair held at Mt. Moriah Pentecostal Church in Flatbush, Brooklyn. This fair was attended by a diverse array of local clinics and hospitals committed to serving underprivileged minorities. Malhaar presented his poster to Flatbush residents.




“We loved having 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.

-Lynette Bedford, health fair organizer and church leader 




pictured (Left to right)

  • Isaac Gorodetski- Director of Public Policy
  • Malhaar Agrawal- Founder
  • Lashay S. Young- Policy Analyst
  • Kelly Pereira, Health Policy Advisor




Staten Island borough Hall 

Staten Island, New York

Malhaar was invited to speak about his non-profit to policy advisors of James S. Oddo, Staten Island Borough President. The advisors were impressed by the mission of, and expressed interest in working with him to address health disparities in Staten Island. 



“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!.” – Lashay S. Young, Policy Analyst for James S. Oddo Staten Island Borough President





Star of Bethlehem Grand Chapter O.E.S. & M.W. Enoch Grand Lodge, Brooklyn, New York

Malhaar attended a health fair held at Von King Park in Brooklyn, hosted by the National Council of Negro Women and many faith-based organization in the New York City area. Malhaar presented his poster to over 250 Williamsburg residents, and met representatives from many other inspirational organizations from across the City. He had a great time, and is looking forward to going again!




“Malhaar really shined during this health fair. Everyone that viewed his presentation was impressed by the dedication he had to the issue of health disparities, and how much hard work he put into his non-profit. We are so thankful he attended the health fair and we wish his organization the best of luck.” 

-Essie Gregory, Health Fair organizer and member of National Council of Negro Women





New York Presbyterian Youth Expo + Citation 

Manhattan, New York

The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Lang Youth Program helps underserved youth in Harlem interested in medicine learn about health careers. Health Disparity helped this organization implement and teach a new curriculum for students to conduct original research on health outcomes in their communities. Volunteers with Health Disparity personally worked with and taught youth over several weeks, earning a citation from the Brooklyn Borough President. In this event, students participating in this new curricular health disparities program presented their work.



“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. 

Diana Reyna, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President (on left)





Children’s Village

Bronx, NY

Malhaar was invited to present to students of color at Children’s Village, an organization dedicated to supporting adopted and underserved youth. 



“A big thank you for that awesome presentation you did for us.  My colleagues and I really appreciate the work that you do! You are very mature and very motivated to do great things and would like to support you in any way I can” –

Anthony Williams, Children’s Village







American Cancer Society

Manhattan, New York

Malhaar was the keynote speaker at the American Cancer Society’s Annual Board Meeting. He spoke about health disparities in cancer and the stories of youth in his health workshops who have close experiences of cancer in their families.




“Malhaar Agrawal is a Future leader”.

Posted on Twitter by Alvaro Carrascal, Head of the Eastern Division and board member of the American Cancer Society




Pictured: Malhaar Agrawal with Brooklyn Health Disparity Center’s Lakia Maxwell (on left)

Pathways to Global Health Community Summit 

Brooklyn, New York

The Pathways to Total Health Community Summit featured leaders in the field of health disparities who presented their findings to an audience of healthcare professionals and community members. I am very thankful for the opportunity to present my research about health disparities in Brooklyn for communities of color at the conference, and I hope to attend more in the future. I am also happy to have shared some of my experience in community health workshops.

One notable presenter that I also enjoyed was Mr. Alvaro Carrascal, the leader of the East Division of the American Cancer Society, who showed his findings on breast cancer disparities in the African American community. Special thanks to the Brooklyn Health Disparity Center for organizing the Summit! 


Pathways to total health community summit

  • Hosted by SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Co- hosted by Empire State College
  • Presentation given by panelist and presenter Malhaar Agrawal


“Malhaar’s presentation was very interesting. He elucidated the immense problems that health disparities pose to communities of Brooklyn. He presented data in a novel and interesting way. I’m excited to see what project he has next!” -Dr. Pamela Straker, Program Director of Brooklyn Health Disparities Center





  • Malhaar hosted a workshop and presented a poster at the Middle School for Art and Philosophy in Brooklyn on May 2017 to educate students and community members about health disparities


Middle School for Art and Philosophy

Brooklyn, New York









“Malhaar was a fantastic presenter. We loved having him!”- Sadie Mahoney, Director of Kingsbridge Heights Community Center



Riverdale NEighborhood House

Bronx, New York

Malhaar presented to health interns, teachers, and program organizers at the RIverdale Neighborhood House, a local community-serving organization in the South Bronx


“Malhaar shed light on hidden disparities in the Bronx… His presentation was valuable for the health interns attending”

Phoebe Downes, Riverdale Neighborhood House




Bronx Theater High School

  • Malhaar presented his research at Bronx Theater High School in March 2017
  • Over 30 students, teachers, mentors and community organizers were in attendance



Bronx, New York



Kingsbridge heights community center

Bronx, New York

  • Malhaar hosted a discussion with youth and teen groups


Malhaar at kingsbridge heights community center





Horace Mann School, Unity Week 

Bronx, NY

As part of Horace Mann’s Unity Week, Malhaar was invited to present about health disparities to several classes in his school. Unity Week is a weeklong discussion by the student body about diversity in New York City. 




“Malhaar did a great job! We really enjoyed having him in class and I think his presentation was very important.” 

-Josh, student attendee