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Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

SUNY Downstate: Faculty Honored with Dr. Dale Blackstock Diversity Champion Award for Research in Eliminating Health Disparities

Dr. Aimee Afable, associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health, received the Diversity Champion Award at the annual Dr. Dale Blackstock Awards Lecture and Ceremony on March 2o.

For over 14 years, Dr. Afable’s research has critically examined conceptual frameworks used to understand health disparities and health inequities. Her work has documented the declining health advantage with increasing stay among U.S. immigrants, and has questioned the validity of the Healthy Immigrant Paradox. More recently, she is studying the causal role of physiologic stress response in race/ethnic disparities in poor metabolic and perinatal outcomes. Dr. Afable is also dedicated to serving Downstate and our local Brooklyn community. She is an investigator member of the Research Core of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center. She is a board member of Live Light Live Right, the only tertiary-care childhood obesity program serving Brooklyn and evaluation consultant to Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a youth violence intervention program in Central Brooklyn.