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In collaboration with over 170 Brooklyn Salons and Barbershops, we work to connect vulnerable communities to the information, tools and resources they need to make informed health decisions.

In partnership with over a dozen Brooklyn Public & Parochial High School and Middle School partners, we address the chronic shortage of minorities in the healthcare and STEM fields by providing training for the next generation of diverse health care professionals.

About Us

“You learn about equality in history and civics, but you find out life is not really like that.” – Arthur Ashe


Several of New York City’s Brooklyn neighborhoods are home to some of the highest incidences of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and HIV in the city.

We strive to eliminate these health disparities, by designing, implementing, and evaluating community-based initiatives that address the social determinants of health, be they racial, social, economic or environmental, in some of Brooklyn’s most vulnerable neighborhoods; Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Brownsville, East New York, and East Flatbush.  


Partnerships are essential to the success of the institute’s work.  The institute strives to build community and institutional bridges that acknowledge and value cultural and social realities, and ensure the provision of high-quality care to historically underserved groups.

Our relationships with various community based organizations, local businesses, academic institutions and legislators are leveraged to address health inequities and inform policies. In 2004, the Arthur Ashe Institute, in collaboration with SUNY Downstate Medical Center and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, developed the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center  to address disparities in Brooklyn through community based research, education, training and community outreach.  In addition to our key academic partner, SUNY Downstate, we have also developed partnerships with other academic institutions, including the University of the West Indies. 

Together we encourage healthier lives through the power of diversity and a more educated and empowered community

We can’t do it alone…Join us! Be a game changer and make a difference today.

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