United Hospital Fund Honors Dr. Edgar Mandeville for His Pivotal Work in Alleviating Health Disparities

Distinguished Community Service Award, Underwritten by TIAA-CREF, Recognizes Extraordinary Leadership to Improve Health Care in New York City

New York, October 11, 2011—The United Hospital Fund honored Edgar Mandeville, MD, with its 2011 Distinguished Community Service Award at its annual black-tie gala, held this evening.

Dr. Mandeville received the award for his pivotal role in shaping the Arthur Ashe Institute’s work to alleviate health disparities. Since 1993, the Institute, focusing on low- to moderate-income multiethnic communities, has grown from an exciting idea—formulated by tennis star and humanitarian Arthur Ashe just months before his death—to a dynamic organization reaching more than 3,000 Brooklynites each year.

Combining his years of urban health care experience—both in private practice in Queens and now as chair of Harlem Hospital’s obstetrics-gynecology department—with his network of professional and personal connections, Dr. Mandeville has tirelessly promoted the Institute’s mission and helped establish critical relationships with SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Long Island College Hospital’s Healthy Families Brooklyn program, the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, 11 schools, and more than 250 neighborhood businesses.

Reflecting an understanding that people benefit when health care is provided by “someone who speaks their language and understands their culture,” as Dr. Mandeville has said, the Institute’s signature programs—Black Pearls, Different Fades of Health, and Nuestra Belleza—are based in beauty salons, barber shops, and tattoo parlors. The programs teach owners and stylists how to deliver health education and behavior change messages to their clients and provide information on how to access health care services—empowering them to become health advocates for the community. In 1999, Black Pearls received the first of three United Hospital Fund grants to the Institute to support its development; the program serves as a model throughout the country.

Another Institute program is the Health Science Academy. Offering classes at SUNY Downstate, mentoring, and internships, this enrichment program channels talented high-school students—60 percent of them, compared to less than 6 percent of minority students nationally—into college science majors and encourages them to pursue careers in the health care professions and to give back to their communities. Many of the 750 students who have completed the program have gone on to graduate school. One graduate is a Rhodes Scholar, and several dozen are now health professionals.

Established by the Fund in 1987, the Distinguished Community Service Award recognizes volunteer leadership that significantly improves health care in New York City. For a sixth year, the Distinguished Community Service Award has been underwritten by TIAA-CREF, America’s leading provider of retirement services in the medical, academic, research, and cultural fields. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and chief executive officer at TIAA-CREF, presented the award.

“Dr. Edgar Mandeville is an extraordinary individual,” said Mr. Ferguson. “Like his friend, the great Arthur Ashe, he shared a belief in the vital importance of effective outreach. And that belief has turned into a remarkably successful reality under Dr. Mandeville’s leadership. A proud sponsor of the Distinguished Community Service Award, we at TIAA-CREF are pleased to salute Dr. Mandeville for his longtime efforts to alleviate the health care disparities that threaten the well-being of too many New Yorkers.”

Jim Tallon, president of the United Hospital Fund said, “By tackling health care disparities in ways that yield so many secondary benefits, Dr. Mandeville and the Arthur Ashe Institute are improving the lives of countless people."

At the gala, the Fund also honored Frank Bennack, CEO of Hearst Corporation, with its Health Care Leadership Award and Richard Ravitch, former Lieutenant Governor of New York, with its Special Tribute.

The gala was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The event marks the opening of the Fund’s 133rd fund-raising campaign, which supports the Fund’s work to shape positive change in health care in New York.

The benefit chairman was J. Barclay Collins II, who is chairman of the United Hospital Fund.

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The United Hospital Fund is a health services research and philanthropic organization whose primary mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York. For more information, please visit www.uhfnyc.org .

Media Contact:
Bob de Luna, United Hospital Fund
212 494-0733

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