Marco Diaz, MS, HSA '12: "I am so grateful I had this opportunity...If I had one piece of a

Since 2008, Marco Diaz-Cordova has had many experiences with the Institute’s Health Science Academy, first as an HSA scholar, and later as an alum when he interned as an Activity Specialist with the HSA’s Ninth Grade Bridge program. Marco described that experience as “fantastic!” For eight weeks Diaz-Cordova helped HSA staff prepare lessons plans and activities. “There was the enzyme lab to show how the gastro system works, and discussions about the correlation between longevity and health and the availability of fresh food by zip code. You could see it on kids’ faces when they realized the number of fast food restaurants in their neighborhoods, ‘So that could account for the extra twenty ye

Nelson's Barbershop: “If I had to describe my partnership with the Arthur Ashe Institute: knowle

“If I had to describe my partnership with the Arthur Ashe Institute in three words, I would say knowledgeable, joyful, and hopeful,” says Nelson Urraca, the owner of Nelson’s Barbershop. Urraca excitedly added, “Everybody was influential, the doctors, the pastors, the employees. I love them all. They created such a great relationship with me. The employees are such great representatives, they are the Institute.” Urraca shared that he has always felt well taken care of by the Institute’s employees, and hopes to continue to work with the Arthur Ashe Institute. Nelson’s Barbershop has been open for 30 years and recently relocated from Parkside Avenue to Winthrop Street, keeping the shop accessi

Desmond Romeo of Dr. Cuts: "I have learned to live a healthier, conscious life..."

“Working with AAIUH has been really rewarding in my personal life. I have learned to live a healthier, conscious life because of the information that the institute has gathered, and the way they spread the information to the community” says Desmond Romeo, Manager and Owner of Dr. Cuts Barbershop. Dr. Cuts has partnered with the Arthur Ashe Institute for 10 years and counting. Romeo credits the Arthur Ashe Institute for contributing to Dr. Cuts being an “information incubator”, where people in the community can go and get inspired. To Romeo, partnering has been an extremely rewarding situation. “The awareness brought to my shop by Arthur Ashe colleagues has had an influential impact on my emp

Nicole McLean, MPH, HSA '09: “The Health Science Academy helped me understand the factors that a

​​Nicole McLean, Heath Science Academy Alum, Class of 2009, graduated from James Madison High School, to enter an honors biology program at Howard University. She returned to Howard in September 2016, this time for medical school. “When I really love a place,” McLean says, “I want to get as much out of it as I can.” The Brooklyn native, now a 2nd year medical student, had most recently completed, with distinction, a Masters Degree in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.” Refusing to be discouraged by an administrator who told her that delaying med school to complete the Downstate Masters’ in Public Health wasn’t “a smart move,” McLean says “Using my public health background to stu

Elaine Richards of Royal Ambiance: "The HIV/AIDS program, it was very informative." Very i

“Working with the Institute has been very educational. I gained information that I can share with clients; information I would not have been able to share with them before”, says owner of Royal Ambiance Salon, Elaine Richards. Royal Ambiance is a beauty salon that does not just catch you by the name, but by the beautiful, very spacious interior. It is a large sized salon, well suited for its large clientele. Richards has been working as a hairstylist for over 30 years, and asserts a very strong sense of leadership within the community. She has worked with the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health since the opening of her salon 7 years ago. Working in the business for a long time has allowed

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