Participatory Action Research in Brooklyn, NY

In 2016, the Performing Provider System (PPS) known as Community Care of Brooklyn (CCB) supported a collaboration between CUNY Medgar Evers College and the NextShift Collaborative, a team of MIT consultants led by Professor J. Phillip Thompson, to build a deeper understanding of the social determinants of cardiovascular health in Brownsville and East New York. I co-managed a team of 28 young adults to engage in a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project to understand the community’s priorities for health creation, guided by a core question: “How do we mobilize the Brownsville and East New York communities to address the social, physical and environmental inequalities that affect health?” Through a survey of 525 residents, the team explored the physical, mental, social, environmental and financial dimensions of health and developed a number of recommendations to lay the foundation for collective action.

Telemedicine in Kenya

In the United States, there is one doctor for every 390 people.  In Kenya, there is one doctor for every 10,000 people, and in Tanzania it is closer to one doctor for every 20,000 people.  This creates a huge problem in terms of healthcare access. 

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