Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Leroy Charles
External and Community Affairs
Tel: 718.250.8172

The Brooklyn Hospital Center's Community Outreach program is based on our history of providing direct, relevant service, our ongoing dedication to making excellent care available and accessible, and our commitment to becoming the health care institution of choice for residents of Brooklyn and beyond.

Community Outreach

Through community outreach, TBHC seeks to establish meaningful partnerships with the faith community, educational institutions, legislative and appointed officials, the business and nonprofit sectors, community-based organizations (CBOs), and other groups to promote wellness and a healthier lifestyle for all community residents. Some of our Community Outreach initiatives include:

Community Events

TBHC connects with the community by participating in events of mutual interest to the hospital and its patient population.  By attending relevant meetings, holding memberships on key committees and in CBOs, supporting organizations and worthy causes through sponsorships, and participating in the borough’s major events, TBHC reinforces its commitment to being a vibrant and viable member of the community. The hospital maintains a direct link to the community though its Community Outreach program. 

Health Fairs

TBHC participates in scores of local health fairs each year.  Upon request from churches, schools, service agencies, businesses, and other CBOs the hospital provides free clinical screenings, distributes health literature, offers health education, conducts workshops, and makes referrals to its services and programs.  

Speakers Bureau

TBHC has created an experts’ list from its physicians, nurses, nutritionists, therapists, pharmacists and other health care personnel. These experts and other qualified personnel promote the hospital’s mission and speak to organizations in New York City and Long Island, throughout the borough, and in our local neighborhoods on a range of health topics. 

To invite TBHC to participate in your health fair or to request a speaker, send an email at least six weeks in advance to  The Community Outreach office will contact you directly once the request is submitted.

Community Advisory Board

One of the ways that The Brooklyn Hospital Center keeps connected to the community is through its Community Advisory Board (CAB).  The CAB is a diverse group of individuals with strong ties to the community we serve.  Each advisor has a keen understanding of how our hospital works.   This knowledge enables us to tailor our programs and services so that TBHC meets the precise health care needs of the families in our neighborhoods.  

Purpose of the CAB

•    Assist  in assessing and indentifying  the health needs of the community 

•    Offer guidance in identifying local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and potential threats to THBC

•    Cultivate and maintain relationships with community leaders, community based organizations (CBOs), and civic groups to strengthen the hospital’s link to the community

•    Assist hospital administration in its community outreach efforts Organize community forums of mutual interest to TBHC and the community 

•    Monitor TBHC’s patient satisfaction process to ensure that issues are addressed and resolved appropriately

•    Communicate how our community views TBHC Commitment

The Community Advisory Board of TBHC is committed to remaining informed about the hospital’s mission, programs, activities, accomplishments, and strategic plan.  

Community Advisory Board Membership Application


Ms. Deborah Benson
Dr. Kim Best
Ms. Renee Collymore
Mr. Samuel Dunston, Vice Chair; Chair, Nominating Committee
Ms. Fulvia Jones, Secretary; Chair, Membership Committee
Ms. Ellen Heaphy-Rios
Rev. Earl Jones, Chair 
Ms. Pearl Jones 
Mr. Habib Joudeh
Mr. Terrance Knox
Ms. Rose Langefelder, Honorary Member
Dr. Natalie Langston-Davis
Ms. Celestine Miller (May 1, 1921-July 23, 2010), Honorary Chair
Ms. Haniffa Rampersad|
Mr. Wellington Sharpe
Mr. Lenue Singletary, III
Mr. Wellington Sharpe


The Community Advisory Board of TBHC meets the third Tuesday of each month, except in July, August and December.


To contact the Community Advisory Board of TBHC, write to:

The Community Advisory Board of TBHC
c/o Community Outreach Office
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11201

To contact the Community Advisory Board of TBHC, write to:

The Community Advisory Board of TBHC
C/o Marketing and Communications
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
121 DeKalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11201

Community Service Plan

 TBHC prepares a Community Service Plan (CSP) in accordance with New York State Public Health Law section 2803-1.  The 2008 CSP reports on TBHC’s accomplishments and challenges in meeting the health care needs of the community, its pledge to provide care to all who need it, and its ongoing commitment to improve access to health care for the uninsured and underserved. An Executive Summary of the CSP will soon be available on our website.

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