Our Mission

The mission of the Brooklyn- Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI-AHEC) is to improve health care outcomes in underserved areas 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


Grace Holcomb, MPH
Center Director

Message from the Center Director

As New York State experiences severe health workforce shortages, care outcomes and the diversity of the healthcare field continue to decline.  The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center is working to provide education and opportunities to expose students to healthcare careers and help address the barriers to pursuing a career in healthcare.  Our center strives to help create a culturally competent health workforce that reflects the diversity of our catchment region of Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island. 

The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center has several other programs that support the health of underserved communities. We would love to speak more about our programs with you and how you can get involved with our efforts. Please contact gholcomb@bqliahec.org with any questions, inquiries, or concerns. 

Kind Regards,

Grace Holcomb, MPH
Center Director
Brooklyn Queens Long Island
Area Health Education Center