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CEPHR Offers Workshop on Patient Engagement: On Friday March 28th CEPHR offered the seminar "Understanding Patient and Stakeholder Engagement in Patient Centered Outcomes Research." Session speakers were Drs. Darius Tandon, PhD, and Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH. Dr Tandon is Associate Professor in Medical Social Sciences and Associate Director, Center for Community Health at Northwestern University, as well as the Co-Chair of PCORI Patient Engagement. Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is an Associate Professor in the NYU Department of Population Health, and Co-director of the NYU-HHC CTSI Community Engagement & Population Health Research Core. The seminar was designed to help participants: to recognize the potential role of patients and other stakeholders in patient-centered outcomes research; to articulate and apply the ‘PCORI Patient and Family Engagement Rubric’ as a guide to engaging stakeholders in the conduct of research; and to discuss the process involved in obtaining patient and other stakeholder input during the research planning.

Trinh-Shevrin to provide keynote on Asian American Health at Tufts Conference: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, Co-Director of the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core will give the keynote address, “Advancing Asian American Health Research and Health Equity: Context, Progress, and Lessons Learned” at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s “Together: Strengthening the Health of Chinatown” Symposium on April 3, 2014.

Gourevitch provides keynote for CUNY School of Public Health Conference on NYC Health:On March 26, 2014, CEPHR Co-Director Marc Gourevitch, MD, MPH presented the keynote at CUNY School of Public Health’s “Intersectoral Forum on Advancing Health and Equity in New York City” at the CUNY Graduate Center.

International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities to convene December 1–3, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland: The 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities, with the theme “Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Evolving Dimensions of US and Global Health Equity,” will bring together scientists conducting transdisciplinary biomedical, clinical, population, and health policy research; members of the global community; health care providers; government officials; and private industry to focus on the collective efforts to improve minority health, promote health equity, and eliminate health disparities. The symposium will take place on December 1-3, 2014 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Dr. Mariano Rey, CEPHR Co-Director, to retire from NYU School of Medicine: CEPHR wishes a fond farewell to co-director Dr. Mariano Rey, who recently announced his retirement from NYU School of Medicine after a distinguished career spanning over four decades. Among his many accomplishments, from 2000–2004 Dr. Rey led NYU School of Medicine’s Institute for Urban and Global Health, which led to four major federal grants to advance knowledge and practice in community-based research. This included a P60 award from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, now in its third cycle of renewal. This path-breaking initiative, deemed a National Research Center of Excellence by the NIH, has been a central driver in the emerging academic and research domain of the health of Asian American populations. Building on this foundation, Dr. Rey served as founding director in 2006 of NYU’s Institute for Community Health and Research. Other major grant awards to improve the health of communities included the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded NYU Prevention Research Center. In recognition of his stature in community health research, Dr. Rey served since 2006 as senior associate dean for Community Health Affairs, and since 2009 served as co-director of the Community Engagement and Population Health Research core of the CTSI. Dr. Rey is author of numerous scientific papers and co-author of six book chapters and three books, including the first textbook specifically dedicated to Asian American health, an original, discipline-consolidating work considered authoritative in this field. A reception to honor Dr. Rey and his achievements will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from 4–6 PM, in the Smilow Multipurpose Room.

Dr. Ruth Browne Receives 2013 Lewis & Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health: We are pleased to announce that the Chair of the CTSI Community Advisory Board, Dr. Ruth Browne, will be receiving the 2013 Lewis and Jack Rudin New York Prize for Medicine and Health. She will be honored at the New York Academy of Medicine on Wednesday December 11th starting at 5:30 PM. The prize honors clinicians, health care administrators, or health policy/health services researchers from New York City metropolitan area institutions whose work has made important contributions to demonstrating how the health care delivery system can work effectively with partners in public health and the community to address issues associated with prevention, healthy community options, and policies that support investment and change in determinants of health.

NYU Prevention Research Center Receives CBPR Best Practice Award: The CTSI congratulates the NYU Prevention Research Center (PRC) on receiving the Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Best Practice Award from the National Community Committee of the CDC’s Prevention Research Center Program. The National Community Committee is one of seven national committees that guides the PRC program and serves to facilitate education, training, and resource sharing to encourage and enhance community members’ participation in research. The NYU PRC is a close collaborator of the CTSI’s Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core (CEPHR), and partners on several leveraged activities including the Community Empowered Research Training program.

CEPHR Creating Short Course on CBPR for Society for Medical Decision Making Meeting: Member of key CEPHR Leadership Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH will lead a 2 ½ short-course at the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) meeting on October 19-23, 2013 entitled “Community-based Participatory Research: Definitions and Implications for Translational Research.” SMDM’s mission is to improve health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.

Nick Freudenberg to Give CEPHR Seminar on Food Justice Movement and Obesity: Distinguished Professor of Public Health at CUNY Hunter School of Public Health Nick Freudenberg, DrPH, MPH will provide a CEPHR seminar entitled “The Role of the Food Justice Movement in Shaping Research and Policy on Diet Related Diseases in New York City” on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 4:30-5:00 pm. This seminar will be held in the Smilow Multipurpose Room, 550 First Avenue.  To RSVP or for more information please contact Claudia Calhoon at claudia.calhoon@nyumc.org.

Community Advisory Board Collaboration to be Presented at 2013 National CTSA Community Engagement Conference: CTSI Community Advisory (CAB) Member and CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee member Balavenkatesh Kanna, MD will present the poster “Employee behavior, organizational norms, and on-site health resources related to diet/exercise at worksites in inner-city New York (NYC) communities” at the National CTSA Community Engagement Conference on August 22-23, 2013. The theme of the conference is “Science of Community Engagement: Future Directions.” Dr. Kanna will present data from a CTSI-funded pilot project that employed a CBPR approach, in collaboration with other CAB member organizations, to assess community-based organization workplaces as potential sites for obesity interventions.

University of Rochester's Nana Bennett Elected as Co-Chair of the CTSA Consortium Community Engagement Key Function Committee: CEPHR congratulates Dr. Nancy “Nana” Bennett on her election as the new Co-Chair of the CTSA Consortium Community Engagement Key Function Committee (CE KFC). Dr. Bennett, who serves on the external advisory board of the NYU-HHC CTSI, will join Dr. Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, UC Davis and Mr. Alan Richmond, NC Institute of Minority Economic Development in leading the CE KFC starting on July 1, 2013. She currently directs the community engagement component of Rochester University's CTSA and is engaged in fostering community health research, infrastructure planning for community health and improvement, in addition to finding innovative approaches to working with local residents and agencies to improve health, and developing a pipeline of future interdisciplinary and translational research professionals. In her new role, Dr. Bennett seeks to foster CTSA collaboration with federal agencies such as the CDC, AHRQ, HRSA, and the CMMI as well as with organizations working to promote patient and community engagement nationally such as PCORI and CCPH. Finally, she will work to make certain that CTSA activities advance the health of communities and of the nation.

Chau Trinh-Shevrin to Participate in Planning for Next Health Disparities Symposium: Key CEPHR Faculty member Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH will participate in the Scientific Planning Committee for the 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities, sponsored by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The 2014 International Symposium on Minority Health and Health Disparities is scheduled for December 1-3, 2014 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland.

Neal Cohen to present on Public Health and Mental Health Interface: CEPHR is pleased to announce that for its next seminar Neal Cohen, MD, Interim Dean, CUNY School of Public Health and Acting Provost for Health and Social Welfare at Hunter College will give a lecture entitled “The Interface of Public Health and Mental Health” on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 4-5:30 pm in the Translational Research Building at 227 East 30th Street, First floor conference room. For more information and to RSVP please contact Claudia Calhoon at claudia.calhoon@nyumc.org.

CEPHR Faculty Member Chau Trinh-Shevrin Gives NIMHD Health Disparities Seminar: In commemoration of Asian American Heritage Month, Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin provided the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Seminar on May 16, 2013. In her presentation, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin examined Asian American health disparities, challenges related to health access and health equity, and the progress that has been made to reduce health disparities in Asian American populations. She highlighted  research being done on issues including social determinants of health; efforts to dispel the model minority myth; community empowerment and capacity building; and collection of disaggregated health data on Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic minority populations. Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Population Health and Medicine at the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She is founder of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), funded by the NIMHD. She directs the Office of Community Engagement for the NYU-Health and Hospitals Corporation Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

CEPHR Offers Workshop on Dissemination of CBPR and Effective Communication of Meaningful Data: CEPHR is pleased to offer this workshop highlighting the ways that successful community-based participatory research partnerships can make certain that research results are disseminated back to the community and other constituencies.  During the first part of this workshop, Darius Tandon, Director of the Community Engagement Core, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Community Health Partnerships Journal – the first scholarly journal dedicated to CBPR - will discuss important considerations related to disseminating results of CBPR partnerships. During the second part of this workshop, Ben Peterson from the Maryland Institute College of Art will discuss innovative ways of disseminating research data using graphics and other media. The workshop will take place on Monday, June 24 from 12 to 3 pm in the Translational Research Building at 227 East 30th Street, room 120. For more information, please contact Catlin Rideout at catlin.rideout@nyumc

CEPHR Offers Workshop on Translating Community-based Participatory Research into Policy and Practice: CEPHR is pleased to offer a workshop on translating community-based participatory research into policy and practice on Wednesday, May 29 from 9 am to 12 pm. Case studies will include an account of how a community-based coalition changed school milk policy in New York City and another focused on working to end the segregated specialty care in New York State through the Health Equity Bill. The workshop will take place at the Translational Research Building at 227 East 30th Street, room 818. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Catlin Rideout at catlin.rideout@nyumc.

NYU Prevention Research Center Planning Forum on Community Health Care Workers and the Affordable Care Act: The NYU-HHC CTSI will be a co-sponsor of the NYU Prevention Research Center’s forum “Redesigning the Health Care Team: Integrating Community Health Workers within Affordable Care Act Implementation.” The forum will take place on Thursday, May 9 from 2-6 pm at the NYU School of Medicine, 550 First Avenue, Alumni Hall B. The mission of the NYU Prevention Research Center (PRC) is to use a community health worker (CHW) model approach in diverse communities to build community capacity and leadership for cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention.

Co-Chair of NYU-HHC CTSI's Community Advisory Board (CAB) Dr. Rosa Gil Honored by the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work: On May 2, 2013, Dr. Rosa Gil was honored by the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.  The award was in recognition of her life’s work to address the needs of New Yorkers living in poverty. Dr. Gil is co-chair of the Community Advisory Board of the NYU-HHC CTSI and the President and CEO of Comunilife, a health and human service agency, whose mission is to improve the quality of life and create a healthier tomorrow for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities – by providing culturally competent health and human services and a continuum of affordable and supportive housing.

CEPHR Offers CBPR Workshops on Evaluation and Social Network Analysis: On Thursday, April 25, 2013 CEPHR offered a new workshop as part of its Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) “Tools to Facilitate Community-engaged Research” training initiative. The interactive workshop featured a presentation from NYU College of Nursing's Nancy VanDevanter, DrPH, RN on “A Mixed Method Approach to Evaluating Collaborative Partnerships in Public Health” and another from Farzana Kapadia, PhD, MPH entitled “An Introduction to Social Network Analysis in Public Health.” Dr. Kapadia is from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee Member Perry Halkitis Becomes Editor of Behavioral Medicine: CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee member Perry Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH has been named as the new editor-in-chief in 2013 of the journal Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Halkitis is Professor of Applied Psychology and Public Health at NYU Steinhardt School and in the Department of Population Health at the School of Medicine. He is Director of the Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies, and Associate Dean at New York University. He is the recipient of numerous awards from both professional and community-based organizations, and is an elected a fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Halkitis received his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and earned his MPH in epidemiology. Oxford University Press will publish his book, The AIDS Generation: Strategies for Survival and Resilience in 2013. Behavioral Medicine is an interdisciplinary journal, which fosters and promotes the exchange of knowledge and the advancement of theory in the field of behavioral medicine, including but not limited to understandings of disease prevention, health promotion, health disparities, identification of health risk factors, and interventions targeting risk factors and disparities and enhancing health.

CEPHR Co-sponsors Seminar on Evaluation in Medical Education: On Wednesday, April 10 from 5-6 pm, the Office of Medical Education's Program for Professional Development, Assessment and Outcomes, along with the Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core will sponsor a seminar entitled "Evaluating the Contribution of a Medical Education Program to Physician Human Resources" featuring Chris Lovato, PhD, Professor in the School of Population and Public Health and Directo of the Evaluations Studies Unit at the University of British Columbia. The seminar will take place in the Translational Science Building, room 618 at 227 East 30th Street.  To RSVP, please reach out to awosaa01@nyumc.org by Monday, April 8.

CEPHR Offers Training in Methods for Evaluating Collaborative Partnerships: On Thursday April 25th from 9am to 12pm, the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core will offer a workshop on tools to facilitate community engaged research. This workshop will equip participants with tools for evaluating collaborative partnerships, through a mixed methods approach and through Social Network Analysis. It will be led Dr. Nancy Van Devanter, Associate Professor at the NYU College of Nursing, and Dr. Farzana Kapadia, Assistant Professor of Public Health at NYU Steinhardt. To sign up and learn more about this workshop, please contact catlin.rideout@nyumc.org.

CEPHR Partner CSAAH and Project AsPIRE's Work featured on NHLBI's website: On February 12, 2013, the NIH National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) featured efforts to address cardiovascular disease disparities in Filipino American populations. Specifically, these efforts focused on NHLBI’s efforts to develop, test, and evaluate its Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) curriculum to improve cardiovascular health in Filipino populations using a community health worker (CHW) approach. NHLBI worked with national stakeholders, including the CTSI CEPHR key partners: the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, NYU Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnership in Health) and the Kalusugan Coalition, a New York City (NYC) community coalition serving Filipino communities in the NYC metro area, and highlighted their contribution in dissemination of evidence-based CHW interventions.

CEPHR Offers Follow-up Community-based Participatory Research Training: On Thursday March 14th, 2013 from 9 am to 12 pm, the Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core will offer a Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Workshop featuring methods for assessment in community-engaged research. This session will equip participants to conduct a Needs and Asset Assessment, use an Asset-Mapping Tool, and use Photovoice as a participatory assessment and issue selection tool. Methods for equitably involving community members in the phases of project planning, implementation, and evaluation will be discussed. Community participation in research can increase the potential for designing, implementing, and sustaining interventions that better fit community needs, enhance community capacity, and lead to policy change. The workshop will be led by Dr. Simona Kwon, Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine and Center for the Study of Asian American Health, and Dr. Yumary Ruiz, Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. The workshop will take place in the Translational Research Building at 227 East 30th Street, on the 8th floor. CEPHR will also host an interactive workshop on Partnership Evaluation and Social Network Analysis on April 25, 2013 from 9:00am – 12pm. To register for either training or for more information, contact Catlin Rideout at catlin.rideout@nyumc.org.

CEPHR to Co-sponsor Screening of the documentary “Weight of the Nation”: On Friday, December 14, 2012, from 2-3:30 pm, CEPHR, the NYU Prevention Research Center, and the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation are hosting a screening of portions of “Weight of the Nation”, a ground-breaking documentary series that explores the scope of the U.S. obesity epidemic, the science on weight gain, childhood obesity, and the major driving forces causing the obesity epidemic. The discussion will be facilitated by Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Population Health, Medicine and Health Policy and Principal Investigator, NYU Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research & Evaluation Network (NOPREN). To RSVP or for more information, contact Claudia Calhoon at claudia.calhoon@nyumc.org.

CEPHR offers workshop in Community-based Participatory Research: CEPHR will offer “An Interactive Workshop on Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR)” on Monday, December 10, 2012. The workshop will be facilitated by S. Darius Tandon, PhD Director, Community Engagement Core, Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and by Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH , Director, NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health. Following a two-hour overview session, participants will break into one of two tracks: Track 1: “Identifying, developing, maintaining, and sustaining community partnerships” or Track 2: “Launching a CBPR project once your partnership has been established.” To register or for more information, contact Catlin Rideout at catlin.rideout@nyumc.org.

Member of CEPHR Leadership Dr. Chau Trinh-Shevrin to address NIMHD Health Policy Summit: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, Administrative Director of the Office of Community Engagement of the NYU-HHC CTSI will be a speaker for the plenary “What Is It That We are Not Doing That We Should be Doing to Build a Healthier Society?” on Tuesday, December 18 at the 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. The high-level panel includes invited speakers such as Howard Koh, David Satcher, Jeffery Henderson, Donna Shalala, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey. In addition to her CEPHR role, Dr. Trinh-Shevrin is the Director of Large Research Initiatives for the Department of Population Health and a co-investigator on several NIH, city-funded, and foundation grants focusing on alleviating health disparities in Asian American and other underserved communities. She has extensive experience in community-based research and evaluation. Currently she develops research initiatives for immigrant and minority communities, mentors junior faculty and medical students and residents on community-based research, and provides research support in data analysis and evaluation.

CEPHR Community Partner Featured on WNET 13/21: On October 23, 2012, WNET New York Public Television's Metrofocus program featured the work of CEPHR Community Partner Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health (AAIUH) in salons and in barber shops. The CTSI has supported AAIUH's work in salons through a CTSI Collaborative Pilot Project. Click here to watch the segment.

Dr. Scott Braithwaite elected as President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM): In September 2012, CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee Member Scott Braithwaite, MD was elected to serve as President of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM), the leading professional society devoted to improving the science behind health decisions. Dr. Braithwaite is Chief on the Section on Value and Comparative Effectiveness in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Braithwaite is an accomplished investigator in the fields of decision science, quality and cost-effectiveness. As section chief, he is advancing a program of rigorous, policy-relevant research that incorporates methods of decision science, comparative effectiveness and cost effectiveness, with the goal of optimizing quality and value in healthcare. The SDSM's mission is to improve health outcomes through the advancement of proactive systematic approaches to clinical decision making and policy-formation in health care by providing a scholarly forum that connects and educates researchers, providers, policy-makers, and the public.

NYU CSAAH Receives New Funding from National REACH: The NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) collaborated with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) on a successful application for a new CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Program (REACH) grant in the amount of $3,847,348. The project is entitled “Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity (STRIVE)” and aims to eliminate chronic disease disparities and improve the health of AA and NHPIs across the U.S. STRIVE will support 15-30 partners in up to 25 states and two Pacific jurisdictions to implement evidence and practice-based programs that improve physical activity levels and nutrition. APIAHF is a national, community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the more than 18.5 million Asian Americans (AA) and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) living in the U.S. and its jurisdictions. The mission of the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) is to reduce health disparities in the Asian American community through research, training and partnership.

CTSI to present work at NIMHD Meeting: Results of several CTSI-related initiatives will be presented at the 2012 NIMHD Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities: Integrating Science Policy and Practice, a gathering that will take place October 31 to November 3, 2012. Abstracts that were accepted include “Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to collect formative data and develop worksite obesity prevention interventions” submitted by CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee member and CTSI pilot grantee Bala Kanna, MD, MPH; “Promoting community engagement to address health disparities in New York City” submitted by NYU on behalf of the consortium of New York City-based CTSI Community Engagement Cores; and “Developing and evaluating the Community Empowered Research Training (CERT) program: Building research capacity for community-initiated and community-driven research” submitted by CEPHR’s Partnership Development and Training Coordinator Catlin Rideout, MPH.

NYU-HHC CTSI Community Advisory Board Member Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur honored by Women in Islam: The Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core (CEPHR) is pleased to congratulate Potri Ranka Manis Queano Nur who was honored on Sunday, June 24 with a 2012 Compass Award by Women in Islam at the 11th Annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial Lecture and Award Ceremony at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  The annual award ceremony honors women who dedicate their lives to helping other.

NYU-HHC CTSI Community Advisory Board Convenes Retreat: The Community Advisory Board of the NYU-HHC CTSI held a half-day retreat on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to formulate its mission statement and develop bi-laws to guide its work. The retreat was facilitated by Deb Zahn from Health Management Associates.

Ruth Browne Discusses Community-based Organizations in Research: NYU-HHC CTSI Community Advisory Board co-chair Ruth Browne, ScD gave the CEPHR Summer Seminar on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 in Samuel Farber Auditorium.  Dr. Browne is the Chief Executive Officer Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and is a nationally recognized visionary and innovator in the field of urban health and education. This Quarterly Seminar was part of CEPHR’s Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training Initiative.  This presentation provided an overview of CBOs and their organizational challenges and opportunities as well as issues to consider when partnering with CBOs on research initiatives. The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, located in multi-ethnic Brooklyn, collaborates with community members to design, incubate and replicate neighborhood-based interventions that address health conditions that disproportionately affect minorities.  The seminar was attended by over 45 NYU researchers and community leaders.

American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, Asian Initiatives Honors NYU Cancer Institute: On April 26, 2012, at its 2012 Spring of Hope event, the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division, Asian Initiatives honored the NYU Cancer Institute with a Special Contribution Award for its Diversity in Cancer Research Program. Diversity in Cancer Research is led by CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee member Joseph Ravenell, MD and by Shubhada Dage, MD.

CEPHR Hosts Spring Seminar with Margarita Alegría, PhD: On April 24, 2012 CEPHR and the NYU-HHC CTSI welcomed Margarita Alegría, PhD to Farber Auditorium in Bellevue Hospital for its spring seminar.  Dr. Alegria provided a presentation entitled “Racial and Ethnic Mental Health Disparities: Lessons from the National Latino and Asian American Study (NLAAS).” Dr. Alegria was introduced by Dr. J. Emilio Carillo who represented the Community Advisory Board of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Columbia University. The seminar was attended by over 40 participants representing health care and non-profit organizations from across New York City.  Dr. Alegría is the Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research (CMMHR)

CEPHR Offers Training in Community–based Participatory Research (CBPR): On April 26, 2012, CEPHR hosted their second workshop on CBPR.  The 4-hour interactive workshop was offered in follow-up to the December 2011 introduction to CBPR principles and practices.  The April 26th workshop invited students, researchers, and CBO staff to delve deeper into how to initiate a CBPR project. Participants were offered the opportunity to participate in one of two concurrent sessions: “Identifying, developing, maintaining, and sustaining community partnerships” led by Darius Tandon from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and “Launching a CBPR project once your partnership has been established” led by Chau Trinh-Shevrin from the NYU-HHC CTSI and NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health.  26 participants attended, including researchers from the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the NYU Cancer Institute, the Department of Pediatrics, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the VA, Weill Cornell, and the National Development and Research Institutes.  Future workshops planned for Summer and Fall 2012 include: “Community-based Organizations 101”, which will explore the unique culture of CBOs, and “CBPR Methods” which will explore unique CBPR methods such as PhotoVoice and Community Mapping.

CEPHR Congratulates Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Ruth Browne on Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health Benefit: CEPHR is pleased to congratulate Dr. Ruth Browne, Co-Chair of the CTSI’s Community Advisory Board. Dr. Browne is the CEO of the Arthur Ashe Institute of Urban Health which marked its twentieth anniversary with their SportsBall on Thursday, April 12, 2012.  The Arthur Ashe Institute is a not-for-profit organization that works to reduce morbidity and mortality by improving health knowledge, facilitating behavior change and expanding access to care  among the most vulnerable populations in urban areas.

CEPHR Faculty and CAB Members Partner with NHANES: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) assesses the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States, and is used by public health officials, legislators, physicians, and researchers to develop effective health policies, design tailored health programs and services, and expand the knowledge base. This year, the survey will be over-sampling the Asian American population in Queens, NY, presenting a valuable opportunity to collect data disaggregated by Asian ethnic group that will foster better understanding of the health status and risk factors for disease in Asian American populations.  NHANES has reached out to the NYU Center for Asian American Health (CSAAH) and the NYU Prevention Research Center (PRC) to assist with their outreach and data collection. Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH (Director of the Office of Community Engagement for the CTSI CEPHR Core and Director of CSAAH) and Linda Lee (Director of the Korean Community Services and CTSI CAB member) and colleagues have played a vital role in assisting the New York City NHANES outreach efforts.  

CEPHR Pilot Awardee Receives NHLBI Strategic Champion Demonstration Project Award: The NIH National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) Community Health Worker (CHW) Health Disparities Initiative recently selected the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) as a Strategic Champion Demonstration Project awardee.  This 16 month $100,000 grant will enable CSAAH, in partnership with Kalusugan Coalition, Inc (KC), to expand a successful CHW heart health project, Project AsPIRE, and establish the Alliance of Filipino American Community Health Workers.   CSAAH and KC will initially work with Filipino-serving organizations in 4 cities (Jersey City, NJ, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, and Washington D.C) to broaden the use of NHLBI’s training and Healthy Heart, Healthy Family (HHHF) curriculum through capacity building efforts, network development, and multimedia tools in order to improve health outcomes of Filipino American communities.  This award builds on the foundation of community capacity-building and partnership development, as well as formative and intervention research, supported by the NIH National Institutes for Minority Health & Health Disparities-funded Project AsPIRE and the NYU-HHC CTSI-funded Project Hakbang.   Lessons learned and findings from Projects AsPIRE and  Hakbang will be shared with program planners at these partner sites to inform intervention development (i.e. emphasizing mechanisms to address the various sources of stress that Filipinos often attribute to their hypertension).  Project Hakbang’s Co-Investigator and NYU CTSI’s CAB member, Potri Ranka Manis, will play a key role in building the capacity of CHWs at these new partner sites for the Strategic Champion Demonstration Project.

CEPHR Hosts Interdisciplinary Panel on Mental Health Issues for Latino Youth: On March 30, 2012, CEPHR’s Mental Health workgroup convened a panel of experts to speak on the mental health needs of Latino youth. Vincent Guilamo-Ramos, Co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health at the NYU Silver School of Social Work; Esther Calzada, Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine; and Krystal Reyes, Senior Advisor for Children and Family Services, Office of the Deputy Mayor For Health and Human Services; presented on innovative research and policy initiatives underway that address the risk factors and maximize resiliency of Latino youth. The panel was attended by over 40 participants. The CEPHR Mental Health workgroup was formed in December 2010 in response toa research and health priority setting exercise among CAB and Steering Committee members which identified mental health as a priority area for CEPHR. The workgroup is chaired by: Dr. Amarilys Cortijo, Medical Director, Mount Hope Family Practice (CAB); Sue Kaplan, Research Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine (Steering Committee); and Dr. Gary Belkin, Senior Director for Psychiatric Services (HHC).

CTSI Announces 2012 Pilot Awards: In January 2012, the Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core of the CTSI was very pleased to announce the NYU-HHC CTSI T3 Pilot Projects for 2012.

  • “Outcomes of Heart Failure and Diabetes in the HHC Population” Saul Blecker, MD, MHS, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • “Pilot Comparative Effectiveness Trial of Two Behavioral Interventions in Minority Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis ” Jeffrey Greenberg, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology
  • “A Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Approach to Developing Workplace Interventions to Address Obesity ” Balavenkatesh Kanna, MD, HHC Lincoln This project is a collaboration of the CEPHR CVD-Obesity Workgroup.
  • “Validation of a Brief and Comprehensive Approach to Screening for Substance Use in Primary Care ” Jennifer McNeely, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • “The Influence of Height -Adjustable Desks on Health and Body Mass Index” Tod Mijanovich, PhD, NYU Wagner
  • “Enhancing Korean American Family Caregivers Strengths and Skills in Caring for Older Cancer Patients ” Victoria Raveis, PhD, NYU College of Dentistry

Community Empowered Research Training (CERT): On December 2nd, 2011 the NYU Institute of Community Health and Research held the second Community-empowered Research Training (CERT).  A collaboration of the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core of the CTSI and the NYU Prevention Research Center, CERT is an academic-community partnership dedicated to strengthening community leadership in research.  The one-day training and networking event was attended by over 40 senior leader and management staff of community-based organizations from across the US.  Sessions included a mock grant review exercise, community leader presentations on successful community-engaged research projects, and a panel on federal public health initiatives, including the Community Transformation Grants.  Speakers included Roger Hayes, Assistant Commissioner of the East & Central Harlem District Public Health Office, NY DOHMH, and Brenda Henry, Program Officer of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  The next CERT workshop is scheduled for spring 2012.

6th Annual Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Health Conference.  Connecting the Dots: Promoting Health Equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Populations: On December 3rd, 2011 the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health, in partnership with the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, co-hosted the 6th Annual Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Health Conference in Farkas Auditorium.  CEPHR was a co-sponsor of the conference which brought together over 140 government, community, and academic experts within an agenda-setting structure to define recommendations to promote health equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) populations and to support the 2011 US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)Plan for AA and NHPI Health.  Keynote speakers included Rochelle Rollins, Director, Division of Policy and Data, Office of Minority Health, HHS, and Sefa Aina, Commission Member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  Community, academic, and government leaders, including HHS Assistant Secretary for Health, Howard Koh, were recognized in an award ceremony for their tremendous contribution to improving AA and NHPI Health.  Conference proceedings outlining the specific recommendations and strategies for achieving health equity for AA and NHPI communities will be presented to strategic HHS leaders in March 2012.

Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) Training: On December 15th, 2011 CEPHR hosted the first in a series of CBPR trainings currently in development for NYU faculty and staff.  The half-day  workshop titled “An Interactive Workshop on Community-based Participatory Research: Principles and Practices for Development of Translational Research” was led by Darius Tandon, PhD, Director of the Community Engagement Core of the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Editor in Chief of Progress in Community Health Partnerships Journal.  Attendees included NYU faculty, staff, and trainees from the CTSI TREC, the Division of General Internal Medicine, College of Nursing, Department of Emergency Medicine, and the NYU Child Study Center.  Demand for the workshop exceeded capacity, demonstrating  great interest among NYU researchers to apply a CBPR approach in their work. Future in-person workshops and on-line modules are scheduled for 2012.

CEPHR Congratulates Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Dr. Rosa Gil on Comunilife Benefit: CEPHR is pleased to congratulate Dr. Rosa Gil, Co-Chair of the CTSI’s Community Advisory Board. Dr. Gil is the Executive Director of Communilife, Inc., which will mark its 22nd anniversary with a Gala Event on Friday, October 28, 2011. Comunilife is a not-for-profit organization implementing President Gil’s vision to expand access to the continuum of housing, health, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and social services to children, adolescents, adults, and families living with mental illness, addictive disorders, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness.

CEPHR Welcomes Community-based Participatory Research Expert Nina Wallerstein to NYU: On October 24, 2011 NYU welcomed Nina Wallerstein, DrPH to NYU for two presentations as part of its quarterly seminar series.  Dr. Wallerstein spoke on “Implementing, Disseminating, and Measuring Community-based Participatory Research Interventions to Reduce Health Disparities” at the School of Medicine and “Community Engagement through Community-based Participatory Action Research” at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, a co-sponsor of her visit. CEPHR’s next seminar will be in April 2012 with Dr. Margarita Alegría from the Cambridge Health Alliance.

CEPHR Leadership Promotes Research in Cardiovascular Disease with the Filipino Community: Filipino Americans face a major health disparity of premature cardiovascular morbidity due to strokes and myocardial infarctions. An initiative of NYU’s Center for Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), Project ASPIRE is following a cohort of 500 individuals to identify what subgroups are at highest risk for cardiovascular disease. Project ASPIRE researchers are comparing CVD outcomes in Filipino Americans to populations in the Philippines. An NIH R13 grant supported this summer's 2nd International Filipino Health Forum on July 8-9, 2011 where participants discussed means to better understand the determinants of this disparity.  CEPHR Co-Chair Mariano Rey provided the Keynote Address at this year’s Forum. In 2012, the 3rd International Filipino Health Forum will take place at NYU.

CEPHR Offers Two Seminars in Population Health: The CEPHR Core was pleased to host Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner (DOHMH) Thomas Farley as the inaugural speaker for the Community Engagement and Population Health Seminar Series on April 26. Dr. Farleyʼs talk, entitled "Translating Research Findings Into Improved Community Health," included an overview of the DOHMHʼs efforts to promote smoking cessation, address obesity, and reduce sodium intake among New York City residents. CEPHRʼs second seminar took place on Tuesday, June 7 at Bellevue Hospital Center. Dr. William Trochim, from Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center, presentedthe talk "Translation Won't Happen Without Dissemination and Implementation". His presentation at NYU included a detailed explanation of the origins of the frequently-cited statistic that it takes 17 years for research evidence to reach clinical practice.   This interval underestimates the amount of time in takes to translate from research to impact on population health.  Implementation and dissemination will be essential to translating scientific advances to population level outcomes. CEPHR's Seminar Series will continue in the fall.

APHA President Dr. Linda Murray Comes to NYU:  On June 1, 2011, NYU welcomed Dr. Linda Murray, President of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to speak at NYULMC. Dr. Murray currently serves as the President of APHA, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for the Cook County Department of Public Health of the Cook County Health and Hospital System, is an attending physician at Cook County Hospital, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois School Of Public Health.  Dr. Murray spoke on the need for real health care reform and called for less emphasis on clinical medical care and more focus on the community-level root causes of health disparities and social determinants of health. She encouraged attendees to continue making the case for community health care workers as a key member of the health workforce team and concluded with an emphasis on continuing to engage communities, community advocates, and community voices in the work of public health and in addressing health disparities and inequities.

CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee and CAB Form Working Groups: Following the Joint CEPHR CAB-Faculty Steering Committee meeting December 2010, CEPHR has identified two priority areas around which to develop academic-community-HHC collaborations: Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)/Obesity and Mental Health. Two workgroups will develop and identify potential collaborations that can be undertaken with logistical support from the CTSI. The Mental Health group had its initial meeting on April 13 and the CVD/Obesity workgroup on April 20. Both groups brainstormed ways to define achievable outcomes, leverage resources, and address social determinants of health through their approach. The workgroups are each chaired by three leaders representing community partners, HHC, and NYU. The Mental Health Group is led by Amarylis Cortijo (Institute for Family Health), Gary Belkin, (HHC Bellevue) and Sue Kaplan (NYULMC). The CVD/Obesity Group is led by Ruth Browne (Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health), Balavenkatesh Kanna (HHC Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center) and Olugbenga Ogedegbe (NYULMC).

NYU partners with Charles B. Wang Community Health Center on Community Empowered Research Training ProgramOn May 19th and May 20th, the NYU Institute of Community Health and Research and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center launched the Community Empowered Research Training (CERT) Program.  Partially supported by the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core of the CTSI, the CERT program is an academic-community partnership dedicated to strengthening community leadership in research.  The two-day training and networking event was attended by over 20 Executive Directors and Program Managers from community-based organizations and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.   Panels and facilitated discussions addressed relevant issues to community groups such as fundraising and sustainability, using data to inform policy and practice, and how to write a winning research proposal.  Speakers included Fran Barrett from Atlantic Philanthropies, John Choe from the New York City’s Comptroller Office, Irfan Hasan from NY Community Trust, Cindy Lamy from Robin Hood Foundation, and George Suttles from NY State Health Foundation.  NYU and Charles B. Wang will host a  1-day training on December 2, 2011 to coincide with the Center for the Study of Asian American Health Conference.

Community Advisory Board Co-Chair Ruth Browne Received Fulbright NEXUS Award: Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) congratulates Community Advisory Board (CAB) Co-Chair Ruth Browne on her recent award as a Fulbright NEXUS Scholar. Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation theme of the NEXUS program, Dr. Browneʼs project will promote expanded access to educational opportunity for Caribbean High School Students through the Social Determinants of Health Equity Externship, working in partnership with the University of the West Indies, the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Trinidad and Tobago, and local nongovernmental organizations.

CTSI Announces 2011 Pilot Award Recipients: As part of the CTSI's 2011 Pilot Projects Collaborative and Translational research, CEPHR is pleased to congratulate three recently awarded T3 pilot projects in response to the latest RFA for Collaborative and Translational research. "T3 refers to translation of the impact of scientific advances to whole communities or populations." The intent of the CTSI Pilot Project Awards is to support collaborative scientific studies for one year to enable development of preliminary data that will serve as the foundation for submission of translational research grant applications.

The awarded T3 projects were:

  • Shiela Strauss, PhD, "Examining a novel, Intra-Oral Diabetes Screening Approach in Periodontal Patients College of Nursing"
  • Emerson Ea, DNP and Potri Ranka Manis, RN "Levels of Acculturation, Perceptions of Stress and Well-Being, and Cardiovascular Health Status Among Filipino American (FA) Registered Nurses (RNs)," College of Nursing & Kalasugan Coalition
  • Sondra Zabar, MD, "Using Standardized Patient Visits to Assess Variation in Physicians' Behavior Change Practices and to Facilitate Adoption of Evidence-Based Strategies," Division of General Internal Medicine

CEPHR Launches Consultancy Service for NYU and HHC Communities: CEPHR is pleased to announce the pilot launch of its consulting service for the NYU-HHC community. The CEPHR Core will provide guidance and consultation on a variety of methods/approaches in community-oriented and population health research across the translational spectrum. Consultations may range from one-time requests to being the starting point for funded collaborations. All requests for consultation will be reviewed. Consultation services are subject to availability of faculty and other resources. Potential areas for consultation include community engagement;community-based participatory research (CBPR); practice-based research; comparative effectiveness research; cost-effectiveness analysis; behavioral economics; implementation research; dissemination research; and social epidemiology. For more information, please see the CEPHR Core Services page or contact Claudia Calhoon, MPH at claudia.calhoon@nyumc.org

CEPHR Convenes Joint Steering Committee-Community Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting: On December 16, 2010, the Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core hosted the first joint meeting of the CEPHR Faculty Steering Committee and the Community Advisory Board (CAB). This meeting represented the convergence of two parallel planning and consensus-building processes that each committee undertook separately. Dr. Rosa Gil, chair of the CAB, provided a report on the outcomes of the CAB's Delphi process to identify health and research priority areas. Drs. Mariano Rey and Marc Gourevitch gave an overview of the Steering Committee's 2010 planning retreats. Dr. Marilyn Fraser-White of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, who received a Pilot Project Funding from the CTSI in 2010 for "Stylists as Heart Health Advocates: A Pilot Intervention for African-American Women" shared her experiences of a successful community-academic collaboration. In follow-up to the meeting, CEPHR will form two workgroups that will draw from both the CAB and the Faculty Steering Committee members. One workgroup with focus on Mental Health and the other will work on cardiovascular disease and obesity.

CEPHR Hosts NYC-wide CTSI Community Engagement Core Meeting: On December 8, 2010, the NYU-HHC CTSI Community Engagement and Population Health Research (CEPHR) Core hosted a half-day meeting at the NYU School of Medicine with Community Engagement (CE) Core leadership of the other New York City-based CTSAs. The objective of the meeting was to identify potential citywide disease/health-specific collaboration for the Cores. The meeting provided an opportunity for each group to discuss its work in great depth and to develop a fuller understanding of the range of community engagement activities underway in New York. Portions of the conversation were devoted to the possibility of engaging with city and state public health agencies and with implementing Community Engagement Best Practices across CTSA sites.

HHC H-1 Pilot Project Awards Support Community-engaged and Population Health Research Pilots: CEPHR is pleased to congratulate the awardees of HHC's 2010 H-1 Pilot Project Initiative. The awardees include:

  • Damara Gutnick, MD "Screening for Depression in Mexican and Ecuadorian Primary Care Patients" (Bellevue Hospital Center)
  • Balavenkatesh Kanna, MD "Disseminating New Hypertension Treatment Guidelines to Reduce Clinical Inertia in a Public Health System" (Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center)
  • Hsiang Yin, MD "Dissemination of a Health Literacy Intervention to Improve Provider-Parent Communication of Medication Instructions" (Bellevue Hospital and Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center)

The Annual Community Health Worker Conference: Community Health Workers - The Bridge to Social Justice and Equality was held on Monday, June 14, 2010. The Annual Community Health Worker Conference is co-sponsored by the Community Health Worker (CHW) Network of New York City, the New York State Health Foundation, the New York University Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center, and the New York University-Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYU-HHC) Clinical and Translational Science Institute's Community Engagement and Population Health Research Core. Please see attached information regarding the conference.