COMMUNITY

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Center to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes through Multi-level and Multi-generational Approaches Unifying Novel Interventions and Training for Health Equity

Despite medical advances in treating chronic diseases and epidemiological findings identifying risk factors for chronic diseases, there remain major persistent health disparities driven by the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). The vision of the Center to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes through Multi-level and Multi-generational Approaches Unifying Novel Interventions and Training for Health Equity (COMMUNITY) is rooted in public health which recognizes that medical advances alone can only partially reduce the burden of disease and that reducing health disparities in chronic diseases requires improving the health and wellness of individuals, families, communities and societies throughout life.

The COMMUNITY seeks to realize this vision within the communities they serve that are among the most highly diverse in the U.S. with approximately 2/3 non-white, 1/3 foreign-born, and 1/5 living below the Federal poverty line. Comprising of institutions in the New York area, the mission of the COMMUNITY is to reduce health disparities in chronic diseases in the New York City Region through rigorous testing, disseminating and sustaining of interventions that incorporate the multiple levels of influence from individual, interpersonal, community and societal approaches. 

Partner Institutions

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Columbia University Health Sciences

722 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032
United States

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City University of New York

425 East 25th St.
New York , NY 10010
United States

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New York Presbyterian Hospital System

505 East 70th St.
New York, NY 10021
United States

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Physician Affiliate Group of New York

55 W 125th St, Suite 100
New York, NY 10027
United States

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Weill Cornell Medical Center

1300 York Ave.
New York, NY 10065
United States

Team

  • Mary Beth Terry, PhD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Director, Administrative Core
    Director, Methods & Data Sub-Core
    Columbia University 
  • Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Hunter College School of Nursing
  • Dawn Hershman, MD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Principal Investigator, Project 2: IMPACT Study
    Columbia University
  • Erica Phillips, MD, MS
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Daichi Shimbo, MD
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Director, Investigator Development Core
    Columbia University
  • Olajide Williams, MD, MS
    Principal Investigator (MPI)
    Principal Investigator, Project 3: The CHURCH Study
    Columbia University Irving Med Center
  • Kim Burke, BS, MPH
    Acting Project Manager
    Columbia University
  • Judelysse (Judy) Gomez, PhD
    Co-Director, Community Engagement Core (CONNECTOME)
  • Louise Bier, MS, CGC
    Co-Director, Community Engagement Core (CONNECTOME)
  • Nour Makarem, PhD
    Principal Investigator, Project 1: The DREAM Study
    Columbia University  Mailman School of Public Health
  • Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH
    Co-Director, Implementation Science Core
    Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Nathalie Moise, MD, MS
    Co-Director, Implementation Science Core
    Columbia University Irving Med Center
  • Samprit Banerjee, PhD
    Biostatician
    Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Joseph Lee, DrPH
    Biostatician
    Columbia University Medical Center
  • Marisol Castellano, MS
    Member Investigator Development Working Group
    Columbia University
  • Ian Kronish, MD, MPH
    Columbia University Irving Med Center/Presbyterian Hospital and Vanderbilt Clinic
  • Sidney Hankerson, MD
    Columbia University
  • Parisa Tehranifer, DrPH
    Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Tuhina De O'Connor, MS, MPH,BS
  • Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Jill Bargonetti, PhD
    Hunter College
  • Kathy Crew, MD
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    Columbia University
  • Jeanine Genkinger, PhD
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    Columbia University
  • Rita Kukafka, DrPH, MA, FACMI
    Member, Common Data Elements & Data Harmonization Working Group
    Columbia University
  • Nicole Bayne
    Columbia University Medical Center
  • Desiree Walker, BA
    Patient Advocate and Community Partner
    Columbia University