The NYU-CUNY Prevention Center has been awarded $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for work in reducing health disparities among underserved populations.
The center is a partnership between the NYU School of Medicine and the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health & Public Policy. It implements and evaluates projects that link clinical practice with community organizations to reduce chronic disease disparities in ethnically diverse communities.
Its work has included linking clinical providers and community health workers in Asian-American and immigrant communities to improve blood pressure in hypertension patients.
"As our center matures, our focus is really on taking evidenced programs surrounding reducing cardiovascular health disparities and increasing access to care … and helping institutions expand what works," said Lorna Thorpe, co-principal investigator of the center and director of the division of epidemiology in the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine.
Specifically, the center is working with citywide partners to scale projects and with the Health Department to launch a community health worker program that will target those leaving jail, Thorpe said.
NYU started the center in 2009, with funding support from the CDC. It brought on CUNY in a public-private partnership for its second cycle of funding from the federal agency in 2014. The center's latest award is also for five years.
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