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Brewster, Luther G

Title: Chief of Policy and College of Medicine Community Development; and Associate Professor

Office: AC1 238

Phone: 305-919-4245


Specialty: Practice-based Public Health Research, Participatory Research Models, Community Development

Education: University of Georgia

Department(s): Humanities, Health and Society

Dr. Luther Brewster’s background is in community development in the private and public sectors. He has a master’s in Nutrition Sciences from Georgia State University; a PhD in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia; and a postgraduate certification in Urban Renewal and Health Impact Assessment from Queen Mary University of London. Since 2003, Dr. Brewster has held academic positions at the City University of New York and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as consultant for the expansion of the 125th Street business improvement district in Harlem, New York and the Arsenal, F.C. Emirates Stadium housing regeneration project in London, England. The focus of Dr. Brewster’s work is on the identification and correction of health risks created by programs and policies that typically are not viewed as having a relationship to health.

In 2005, Dr. Brewster joined Florida International University (FIU) as faculty in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. In March 2008, he became faculty at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. As Founding Chief of the Division of Policy, Research, and Community Development, Community Director of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Society, Dr. Brewster oversees the development of a broad network of community partners and the recruitment and retention of households for Medicine and Society community-based educational activities. He is also co-founder of the FIU-Aetna Health Policy Analysis Academy, a joint venture with the Pardee RAND Graduate School to develop health care value propositions for strategies aimed at addressing the social determinants of health.

He is co-founder of the Historic Overtown Public Health Empowerment (HOPE) Collaborative, Overtown in Miami, Florida. In July 2010, Dr. Brewster was a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Memorial Fellowship through the German Marshall Fund, which brings together Americans and Europeans to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities. He is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Thoracic Surgery, Chair of Miami Homes for All, as well as a board member of the Health Foundation of South Florida. Dr. Brewster also serves on the technical advisory committee for the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, an initiative to assess and address the social, economic, and public health impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Education and Training

  • MS, Nutrition Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
  • PhD, Health Promotion and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  • Postgraduate Certification, Urban Renewal and Health Impact Assessment, Queen Mary University of London, London England


  • Practice-based Public Health Research
  • Participatory Research Models
  • Community Development

Select Publications

  • Greer PJ, Brown DR, Brewster LG, Lage OG, Esposito KF, Whisenant EB, Anderson FG, Castellanos NK, Stefano TA, Rock JA. Socially Accountable Medical Education: An Innovative Approach at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. "Academic Medicine doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001811. [Epub ahead of print]"
  • Brewster, LG. "Academic Health Centers and Diversity "Readiness.” Southern Medical Journal Southern Medical Journal & Volume 108, Number 10, October 2015
  • Brown, DR and Brewster, L, “The Food Environment is a Complex Social Network,” Social Science & Medicine (2015): in
  • Rock, JA, Acuña, JM, Lozano, JM, Martinez, IL, Greer, PJ, Brown, DR, Brewster, L and Simpson, JL “Impact of an Academic-Community Partnership in Medical Education on Community Health: Evaluation of a Novel Student-Based Home Visitation Program,” Southern Medical Journal 4 (2014): 203-211
  • Brown, D, Spruill, T, Hernandez, A, Brewster L, Celestin, M, Nierenberg, B, Bonnin, R, Akal, S, Brewster, C, Hammer, M, Singh, S and Page, Cultural Competency Observation Tool. The STFM Resource Library; 2012.
  • Brown, D, Celestin, M, Hernández, A, Brewster, L, Spruill, T, Nierenberg, B, Brewster, C, Akal, S and Page, J. The development of a cultural competency observational tool. Medical Teacher 01/2010; 32(6):536-7.
  • Brown, DR, Hernández, A, Saint-Jean, G, Evans, S, Tafari, I, Brewster, L, Celestin, MJ, Gómez-Estefan, C, Regalado, F, Akal, S, Nierenberg, B, Kauschinger, ED, Schwartz, R, Page, JB and Reaves, J “Sr. Health Center (JRSHC) Community Rapid Assessment Response and Evaluation (RARE): A participatory action research pilot study of urban health disparities” American Journal of Public Health 1 (2008): 28-38.
  • Brown, D, Morton, A, Jennings, A, Wallace, L, Hurtado, A, Chugg-Starks, G, Jean, P, and Brewster, L. “The Overtown Cookbook,” in Florida Family Physician (2007).
  • Uhley, V, Melendez, J, Brewster, L, Chapman, AC, and Kieffer, E. “Healthy Mothers on the Move: A community based primary prevention research project for pregnant and postpartum African American and Latino women in Detroit,” FASEBJ 20 (2006):

Areas of Interest

  • Policy
  • Community Engagement


  • Legacy Magazine Top Black Educators or Healthcare Professionals of 2016
  • Florida International University Faculty Award for Excellence in Engagement, 2015
  • Marshall Memorial Fellow, 2010
  • Florida International University Top Scholar, 2010