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Community Engagement & Population Health Training

The Community Engagement and Population Health Research, or CEPHR, program provides training and education necessary for health professionals, community providers, community members, academic researchers, and students to engage in translational research and to strengthen the relationships among these groups.

Community Empowered Research Training Program

A collaboration between CEPHR and the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center, the Community Empowered Research Training (CERT) program is an academic-community partnership dedicated to strengthening community leadership in research. We promote racial and ethnic diversity by encouraging community-based organizations to engage in research as a means to eliminating health disparities and contributing to the national dialogue on community health.

Past workshops have focused on conducting research for nonprofits, the role and importance of research from the perspective of grant makers, techniques for sustaining community health programs and initiatives, data analysis to inform policy and practices, program evaluation, and how to write grant-winning proposals. Browse our archive of Community Empowered Research Training workshops and webinars hosted in collaboration with the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health.

For more information about the Community Empowered Research Training program, contact program manager Smiti Nadkarni, MPH, at

Community Engaged Research Program

Community participation in research helps investigators design, implement, and sustain health interventions that better fit the needs of specific communities. It can also enhance the likelihood that interventions will be adopted and eventually incorporated into policy.

Our Community Engaged Research program, also called CEnR, teaches researchers how to fully engage community members and integrate them into the research process and to become knowledgeable about community needs, priorities, and concerns.

Training sessions define the terms and principles of community engaged research, explain the potential value of these approaches to studies, and cover the basics of how to develop a partnership and initiate a study. Other topics include finding relevant funding opportunities and grant writing.

For more information about the Community Engaged Research program, contact Smiti Nadkarni, MPH, at

Community Health Worker Tool Kit

The NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center has developed a free tool kit for community health workers. The tool kit contains a user manual, progress note templates to document health encounters, and visual flip charts for community health education.

These resources were developed for use in NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center programs, but can be adapted to fit the unique needs of other community health worker programs.

For more information about the Community Health Worker Tool Kit, please contact Smiti Nadkarni, MPH, at

Health Disparities Research Training

Practical work experience in public health programs is an essential part of the training of public health professionals and provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate, apply, and broaden their skills in the real world. We offer health disparities research opportunities in partnership with the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health and NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health.

The Health Disparities Research Training Program is designed to address gaps in health professionals’ skills and training regarding Asian American health. The program provides a unique opportunity for students and health professionals to develop and implement a community-based research project, as well learn strategies to analyze, compile, and disseminate results for academic and policy communities. For more information, please contact senior program coordinator Rebecca Park at

Available to first year medical students, the Summer Research Fellowship Program in the Department of Population Health offers paid fellowships to students who serve as research assistants on health disparities projects. For more information, contact coordinator Kate Nyland at or 646-501-2627.