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Aimee Afable, PhD, MPH

Associate Dean for Community Engagement and Associate Professor
Department of Community Health Sciences

Academic Qualifications:
  • MPH, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • PhD, Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Afable is Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences, SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. She received her B.A. with Honors in International Relations from Brown University (1995). She received her M.P.H. and Ph.D. in public health from Tulane University (2003). Following her doctoral studies, Dr. Afable was a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Institute for Health Policy Studies (2005-2007), University of California, San Francisco. 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 US 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. She is evaluation consultant to Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), a youth violence intervention program in Central Brooklyn.

Courses Taught:
  • CHSC 5202: Issues in the Health of Immigrant Populations
  • CHSC 5206: Program Design and Evaluation
  • CHSC 7203: Program Planning: Theory, Practice, and Research
  • CHSC 7306: Advanced Seminar in Urban Health
  • HPMG 5306: Policy Studies in Urban and Immigrant Health