NYU School of Medicine and CUNY Receive CDC Grant to Establish NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center Focused on Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Inequities

June 6, 2014 (All day)
NYU School of Medicine and City University of New York (CUNY) announced that they received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new public-private partnership, the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC). Once opened on September 30th, 2014, researchers at the center will integrate evidence-based interventions into community-clinical approaches to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities in New York City, with a particular emphasis on ethnically diverse and immigrant communities. 
 
“NYU’s record of success in addressing population health disparities through community health worker approaches and CUNY’s longstanding tradition of serving New York City’s diverse minority and low-income populations, makes this an ideal partnership for advancing health equity in New York City.” said Robert I. Grossman, MD, dean and CEO of NYU Langone. “Together, we will work to reduce chronic disease disparities, such as hypertension and diabetes in New York City.”
 
The NYU-CUNY PRC will be spearheaded by a faculty investigator team that includes Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH, and Nadia Islam, PhD, from the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine, and Lorna Thorpe, PhD, from Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health. The team will work under the joint leadership of Marc Gourevitch, MD, chair of the Department of Population Health at NYU School of Medicine and Ayman El-Mohandes, MD, dean of the CUNY School of Public Health and dean of the Hunter College School of Urban Public Health.
 
NYU-CUNY PRC’s first core research project, called Project IMPACT (Implementing Million Hearts for Provider and Community Transformation), will build upon the Million Hearts® national initiative, a program led by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Project IMPACT will test the influence of integrating community health worker programs with physician-level intervention models using electronic health record-based tools to improve hypertension control among South Asians in New York City. 
 
“Hunter College is proud to co-host a Center that brings together different strands of evidence across various community settings creating solutions that will realistically improve heart disease disparities in immigrant communities across New York City and elsewhere, said Jennifer J. Raab, president of Hunter College.  “Congratulations to Hunter College's Lorna Thorpe and NYU School of Medicine's Chau Trinh-Shevrin for designing and launching this initiative.”  
 
Working in close partnership with Healthfirst, a large health insurance organization, the study will leverage and enhance existing Healthfirst blood pressure control initiatives and tools, its population based data and performance measures, and the partnership and collaborative relationship between Healthfirst and its providers. 
 
"Healthfirst is pleased to partner with NYU and CUNY on this important effort to use new approaches to control hypertension in an at-risk population," said Pat Wang, CEO of Healthfirst. "Supporting our primary care network with community health workers and advanced information technology offers an exciting opportunity to tackle health disparities that could be scalable to the other diverse communities we serve."
 
In addition to Project IMPACT, the Center will seek to develop and disseminate evidence-based tools targeting Million Hearts goals for provider practices, practice networks, health care systems, and insurers, as well as implement training programs that build the capacity and leadership of public health and clinical practitioners to conduct evidence-based research and interventions using community-clinical linkage strategies. 
 
For more information, please contact:
 
NYU Langone Medical Center
Lisa Greiner
212.404.3532 
 
Hunter College of the City University of New York
Deborah Raskin
212.843.8028
 
Healthfirst
Harris Brandt
212-801-6216