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.