Meet the Team

HealthyHearts NYC brings together an interdisciplinary team of faculty from the Department of Population Health in the NYU School of Medicine to contribute their expertise to the implementation and evaluation of the HealthyHearts NYC project:


Primary Care Information Project, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) is a bureau of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. PCIP’s mission is to advance population health through supporting and promoting high quality primary care and prevention. PCIP assists New York City-based practices, independently owned community health centers, and hospital ambulatory sites with adopting and implementing health information systems, quality improvement, and practice transformation initiatives. PCIP operates the New York City Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH), New York City’s Regional Extension Center, a designation of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of National Coordinator of Health Information Technology. The principal investigator from PCIP is Winfred Y. Wu, MD, MPH, who is Executive Director of Development for the organization.

Community Health Care Association of New York State

The purpose of the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) is to ensure that all New Yorkers, including those who are medically underserved, have continuous access to high quality community-based health care services, including a primary care home. To do this, CHCANYS serves as the voice of community health centers as leading providers of primary health care in New York State. CHCANYS not only works to increase access through advocacy and education for those who would otherwise go without care but also creates major new programs and initiatives that showcase community health centers as centers of excellence. CHCANYS defines new directions in primary care delivery at the more than 60 federally qualified health centers with approximately 600 sites throughout the state. CHCANYS’ goal is to provide community health centers with the resources needed to provide high quality, community-based primary care to anyone in need regardless of their ability to pay. The principal investigator from CHCANYS is Diane Ferran, MD, MPH who is Senior Director, Clinical Quality Improvement for the organization.

Practice Facilitators

The intervention is being delivered by a dedicated team of 19 practice facilitators employed by PCIP and CHCANYS. Each facilitator has on average, five years of prior experience delivering practice facilitation or similar quality improvement assistance. They represent a diverse spectrum of age, race, ethnicity, and gender, and more than half are proficient in two or more languages.