Dr. Brookshield Laurent earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. She matriculated to receive specialty training in Family Medicine at Christiana Health Care System in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Laurent joined NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012 and led curricular advancement in the medical foundational course of clinical skills (the Doctor- Patient relationship course). Through her leadership, she led in the development of a curricular framework for learners to achieve competencies in professionalism, interpersonal communication, cultural competency, clinical decision making and physical exam skills.
Dr. Laurent was appointed Chair for the department of Clinical Medicine at the NYITCOM newly established second site on Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 2016. She leads faculty of multiple clinical specialties in their role as medical educators. Dr. Laurent has expanded the development of the clinical medicine department by creating partnership linkages between academia and population/community health.
Dr. Laurent is a fellow of Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association; a leadership training program on the analysis, formulation, and implementation of health policy on the local, state, and national levels with the purpose of increasing access to affordable, quality health care as well as addressing social determinants of health.
Dr. Laurent is a thought leader and an advocate for health equity. She drives innovative solutions to address social determinants of health to transform community health outcomes. Dr. Laurent leads in capacity building for innovation in medical education, population health, and community development.
Dr. Laurent became the founding Executive Director for the Delta Population Health Institute (DPHI) in 2019, the community engagement arm of NYITCOM. DPHI leverages academic resources in education, research, policy and community engagement to bring policy, system and environmental change; catalyzing rural community development and creating a culture of health in the Mississippi Delta.
Dr. Laurent has been acknowledged for her work as a recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Community Diversity Award- awarded by Arkansas State University, the 2016 INSIGHT Into Diversity Inspiring Women in STEM Award, the 2015 Award of Excellence in Medical Education in Global Health - awarded by NYIT School of Health Professions and the 2014 NYIT President Award for Student Engagement in Global Education.
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