Our Mission

The mission of the Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island Area Health Education Center (BQLI AHEC) is to improve healthcare 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 disadvantaged 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.
  • Developing 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 ongoing mentorship.

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 SchoolEdward 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, RN, EdD (Board Chair)
Former Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Long Island University Brooklyn Center
School of Nursing

Tanisha Dorvil, MS (Vice Chair) 
Intensive Reading Interventionist

Stacy Gropack, PT, PhD, FASAHP (Treasurer)
School of Health Professions
SUNY Stony Brook

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

Janet A. Williams, DNP, MSM, CNM
CEO of Transitions Women’s Health Consulting

Stephanie Freeman, MSN-Ed, RN
RN, Owner and CEO
Freeman Health Equity Solutions, LLC dab
Kaleidoscope Healthcare Communications

Kelynne J. Edmond-Oristel, RN BC, MS, GNP APRN-BC, DMin
Director of Nursing CTE Instructor

Cynthia Sterling-Fox, PhD
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York



Richard Merchant

Christina DeLorenzo

Nicholas Chun
Interim Center Director

Christen Aldrich
Administration and Communications Manager

Ashleigh McGowan
VP of Innovation and Design

Kris Merchant
Director of Projects

Ben Aldrich
Director of Technology and Data Security

Tasnim Islam 
Sustainable Impact Coordinator

Message from the Center Director

In response to the growing healthcare provider shortage impacting the quality of patient care throughout New York State, the Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center is working to strengthen healthcare outcomes in underserved areas by working closely with both health career students and professionals. Our organization aims to develop a skilled and knowledgeable health care work force that is equipped to serve individuals of various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds throughout the Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island regions.

The Brooklyn-Queens-Long Island Area Health Education Center offers a range of programs and is always open to developing new partnerships with medical, educational, and community organizations. We would love to speak more about our programs with you and discuss ways in which you can play an active role in supporting our mission.

Please contact us with any questions, inquiries, or concerns. 


Nicholas Chun
Interim Center Director
Brooklyn Queens Long Island
Area Health Education Center