Our Mission

The mission of the Brooklyn- Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) is to improve health care outcomes in underserved area through the development of education, mentoring and training programs to increase the pool of skilled providers that will service underserved communities.


  • Encouraging local youth from underrepresented and disadvantage minority backgrounds to pursue health careers through the development of mentorship, training, and workforce opportunities.
  • Building and fostering collaborative partnerships with community based organizations, hospitals, and schools.
  • Develops a network of health and education resources to foster collaboration, share information and promote health professions education to the targeted communities.
  • Participating in joint advocacy efforts to increase the number of skilled health professionals in underserved communities with the goal of improving health care outcomes.

Since its inception in 2003, BQLI-AHEC has exposed over 5,000 middle, high school and college students to challenging, rewarding careers in medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, health education, health care administrative and support services and emergency care.  Youth ages 13-21 have learned about health professions through workshops, job shadowing, facility tours, structured internships and on-going mentorship.

Our Partners

Community Partners

Advisory Council for Career & Technical Education
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center
Brooklyn Borough Presidents Office
The Brooklyn Hospital Center
Brownsville Multi-Service Center
Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, (CNR)
Children’s Aid Society
Housing Works
Institute for Family Health
Kings County Hospital
Kingsborough Community College Tech Prep Program
Liberty Partnership Program, Kingsborough
Community College
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Maimonides Medical Center
Mercy Hospital
Nassau University Medical Center
New York City Technical College, CUNY
New York School of Osteopathic Medicine, (NYCOM)
New York Urban League
NYC DOE Health Careers Educational Advisory Commission
NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn
NYU Langone Hospital Long Island
Queens Hospital Center
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, School of Public Health
SUNY Downstate Medical Center, College Of Health Related Professions
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center

NYC Schools

Academy for Health Careers
Adelphi University
Archbishop Molloy
August Martin High School
Baldwin Senior High School
Beach Channel High School
Benjamin N. Cardozo high school
Boys and Girls High School
Brooklyn Friends School
Brooklyn Technical High School
Clara Barton High School
CUNY Hunter
Curtis High School
Edward R Murrow
Excelsior Preparatory High School
Francis Lewis high School
Freeport High School
High school for Arts and Business
High school for Enterprise, Business, and Technology
High School for Public Service
High School for Youth and Community Development
High School Medical Professions
Hillcrest High school
Howard University
Intermediate School 109
John Dewey High School
Lawrence High School
Lawrence Woodmere Academy

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School
Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus
Medgar Evers College
New York Institute of Technology
Queens Gateway
Roosevelt High School
Sheepshead Bay High School
St. Mary’s High School
State University at Oneonta
Stony Brook University
Stuyvesant High School
The Hill School
The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice
Uniondale Senior High School
W.A.T.C.H. High School
Williamsburg Charter High school
Wilton High School

Board Members

Hazel Sanderson-Marcoux, R.N. Ed.D. (Chair)

Janet A. Williams, DNP, MSM, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
North Central Bronx Hospital
North Bronx Health Network

Maxine Golub, MPH
Senior Vice President
Institute for Family Health 

Tanisha Dorvil 

Michele Stewart, MS

Stacy Gropack, PT, Ph.D., FASAHP
School of Health Professions
SUNY Stony Brook

Jessica Varghese, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor
Director, RN to BS Program
New York Institute of Technology

Phillip Bones, M.Ed
Assistant Dean
School of Health Professions
SUNY Downstate Medical Center


Gabrielle Kersaint, MSPH
Executive Director

Audrey Perry, R.N., M.A
Long Island Coordinator

Tiffany Robin 
Senior Program Director

Beatrice Denkyi
Program Associate

Message from the Executive Director

I hope that this website is helpful to you. I would first like to extend my thanks to our board members who have volunteered their time to make this center a reality. The website is intended to provide health careers information to anyone desiring to enter the health professions.

New York State is experiencing severe health workforce shortages. While some industries are laying off people due to the economy, many hospitals and health centers are having difficulty finding registered nurses, pharmacists, dentists, primary care professionals, radiology technicians, mammographers, and certain mental health professionals. Additionally, the health work force does not reflect the diversity of the population. African American and Latinos are severely underrepresented in the health professions yet these groups suffer disproportionately from a number or illnesses such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, asthma, and certain types of cancers. Our mission at the BQLI AHEC is to increase the pool of African American and Latinos entering the health professions. Increasing the diversity of providers is particularly important in our targeted regions of Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island since these communities are home to many different ethnic and immigrant communities that represent a myriad number of languages and cultures. Research has shown that Cultural Competency-the ability of the provider to understand and incorporate the patient’s culture in the treatment regimen-improves health care outcomes.

We realize that African Americans and Latinos face a number of barriers in their pursuit of educational opportunities in the health field. This web site is intended to facilitate their entry into the field by providing information and links about scholarships, financial aid, health professional schools, mentoring, and internship opportunities. I also encourage you to find out more about the programs and services that we offer. I welcome your input and ideas about the website and our programs and look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Gabrielle Kersaint, MSPH
Executive Director
Brooklyn Queens Long Island
Area Health Education Center