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Major Programs

9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019

NYU-City University of New York Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC) – a public-private partnership that implements, evaluates, and disseminates community-clinical linkage intervention models to reduce cardiovascular disease and address other health disparities in ethnically diverse New York City communities. The Center emphasizes collaborative research with multi-sector stakeholders and translation of research findings into sustainable and scalable policies and programs.

7/3/2012 - 10/31/2017

NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) – an NIH National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities P60 Center of Excellence focused on understanding, addressing, and reducing health disparities in Asian American populations

10/1/2012 - 9/30/2017

NYU Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions (CSDS) – an NIH funded consortium comprised of 3 academic medical centers (NYU, Columbia, SUNY Downstate), the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the Research Division of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, five stroke centers and a practice-based research network of primary care practices within the New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC). The Center aims to reduce stroke disparities Black and Hispanic residents in New York City.

9/30/2015 - 9/29/2017

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans (REACH FAR) Program – a CDC-funded initiative with the mission to prevent cardiovascular disease in Asian Americans living in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area by increasing access to healthy foods and culturally tailored health coaching efforts to improve high blood pressure management.

9/30/2012 - 9/29/2014

STRIVE (Strategies to Reach and Implement the Vision of Health Equity) Project– a CDC-funded initiative that supports policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) level changes for addressing chronic disease disparities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities across the country – 15 grantees awarded with grants of $150k-300k each to implement evidence-based PSE strategies

9/30/2007 - 9/29/2012

NYU Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Hepatitis B Disparities (B Free CEED) – CDC funded initiative that focused on disseminating evidence-based strategies to reduce hepatitis B and liver cancer disparities among Asian American Pacific Islanders in New York City and the U.S. in partnership.

7/1/2004 - 6/31/2008

Asian American Hepatitis B Program -The major goal of this project was to reduce the burden of hepatitis B infection through increased culturally- and linguistically appropriate awareness, education, screening, vaccination, follow-up care and treatment strategies among Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, South Asian and new immigrant populations.


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Community Health Worker (CHW) Projects

9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019

Project IMPACT (Implementing Million Hearts for Provider and Community Transformation)— tests the influence of integrated community health worker programs with electronic health record-based tools to improve hypertension among small community practices serving the South Asian community in New York City.

7/3/2012 - 10/31/2017

OASIS (Obesity and Stress in South Asians) Project – an NIH funded initiative that focuses on examining the relationship between obesity and stress in South Asian communities at risk for obesity and diabetes and builds off the foundation laid by the DREAM Project.

7/3/2012 - 10/31/2017

DREAM (Diabetes Research Education Action in Minorities) Project – an NIH funded CHW initiative to evaluate and improve controlled diabetes among Bangladeshi Americans with diabetes

7/1/2014 - 6/30/2015

HHAP Program (Harlem Health Advocacy Partners) – a place-based initiative that deploys CHWs in public housing developments to help prevent and manage chronic health conditions.

9/1/2008 - 3/30/2013

Project AsPIRE (Asian American Partnerships in Research and Empowerment) – an NIH funded initiative to evaluate a CHW approach to reducing hypertension disparities in Filipino communities.

10/1/2009 - 9/30/2014

Project RICE (Reaching Immigrants through Community Empowerment) – a CDC-funded CHW initiative to prevent diabetes in Korean and South Asian communities

9/5/2009 - 6/30/2014

PRC Comparative Effectiveness Research Program – a CDC-funded initiative that compared patient navigator and motivational interviewing approaches to reduce hypertension and colorectal cancer disparities in Black men in NYC


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Other Community-based Projects in the Center for Healthful and Behavior Change

See Also: Center for Healthful Behavior Change

8/14/2010 - 6/30/2015

Faith-based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension and Colon Cancer Prevention (FAITH-CRC) is an NIH-funded study to evaluate the effectiveness of two evidence-based interventions targeted at BP reduction and colorectal cancer screening in Black men aged 50 and older living in Central Harlem: a telephone-based lifestyle intervention to reduce blood pressure that utilizes motivational interviewing (MINT) versus a culturally-tailored patient navigation intervention to improve colon cancer screening.

9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014

Keep on Track: Insights for Community Health is an NIH funded study that will develop the foundation and evidence base for specific Personal Health Record functionalities and concurrent workflows for community-based blood pressure monitoring programs, empowered through consumer health IT, to implement core elements of the Chronic Care Model.

9/5/2009 - 6/30/2014

Faith-Based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension (FAITH) is a NIH funded grant to test the effect of a church-based lifestyle intervention delivered through group classes and motivational interviewing on blood pressure reduction in African Americans with uncontrolled hypertension.

7/25/2009 - 5/31/2014

Multi-behavior Intervention to Increase Screening and Enhance Risk Reduction in Black Men (Mister-B) is an NIH study that tests and evaluates the effectiveness of two evidence-based interventions for blood pressure reduction and colorectal cancer screening in African American men with uncontrolled hypertension (HTN) in need of CRC screening.

2/1/2008 - 1/31/2013

Counseling Older Americans to Control Hypertension (COACH) is a NIH-funded project that evaluates the effects of a senior center-based comprehensive therapeutic lifestyle intervention on blood pressure reduction in Latino and African American seniors with uncontrolled hypertension.

4/1/2010 - 3/31/2011

Hypertension Screening and Control Program is a program to train teams of older adults living in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) and their affiliated nurses to take blood pressure and deliver lifestyle counseling to NORC residents with uncontrolled hypertension.


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Training Initiatives

7/3/2012 - 10/31/2017

Community Empowered Research Training (CERT) Program – provides research training workshops and webinars to community-based organizations.

7/3/2012 - 10/31/2017

Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP) – provides training, outreach, and research opportunities for students and health professionals to gain knowledge and skills to address Asian American health disparities. More than 300 college, graduate, and post graduate health professionals have successfully participated in the HDRTP.


Policy Initiatives

NYU Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation (NOPREN) Center – joint collaboration with Dr. Brian Elbel’s Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation

Disaggregated data collection for Asian American populations

CHW funding/reimbursement initiatives with the Community Health Worker Network of New York

Project CHARGE – 13% and Growing Initiative | [Facebook Page]

Hepatitis B resolution and data collection in hospitals