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Health Equity Research Virtual Site Visit (VSV): NYU School of Medicine

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NYU School of Medicine

The Department of Population Health (DPH) at the NYU School of Medicine is home to extramurally funded research and innovation in research methods that accelerate improvements in population health. The mission of DPH is to advance the health of populations by discovering new knowledge that informs policy and practice, educating tomorrow’s leaders, and serving local, national, and global communities.

View a brief video to learn more about the mission of the Department of Population Health (DPH).

You can review a complete listing of health disparities and health equity projects based at DPH or learn more on this page about the:

  • Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH)
  • NYU-CUNY Health Promotion & Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC)
  • Center for Healthful Behavior Change (CHBC)
  • Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD)

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Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH)

The Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH) is a National Institute of Health (NIH) National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) funded National Research Center of Excellence based in the Section for Health Equity within the Department of Population Health (DPH) at NYU School of Medicine.

Established in 2003, the mission of CSAAH is to reduce health disparities in the Asian American community through research, training and partnership. CSAAH consists of a broad network of over 55 community organizations, community leaders, academic medical centers, and health care institutions that are committed to identifying health priorities and reducing health disparities in the Asian American community.

More Resources: CSAAH

  • Chau TS, Islam N, Tandon D, Ho-Asjoe H, Rey M. Using community-based participatory research as a guiding framework for health disparities research centers. Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action 2007;1:195-205.
  • Devers K, Gray B,  Ramos C, Shah A, Blavin F, Waidmann T. ASPE Report: The Feasibility of Using Electronic Health Data for Research on Small Populations. Washington D.C.: The Urban Institute; 2013 Sept. Contract No.: HHSP23320095654WC. Sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
  • Islam NS, Khan S, Kwon S, Jang D, Ro M, Trinh-Shevrin C. Methodological issues in the collection, analysis, and reporting of granular data in Asian American populations: historical challenges and potential solutions. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved 2010;21:1354-81.
  • Kwon S, Rideout C, Tseng W, et al. Developing the community empowered research training program: building research capacity for community-initiated and community-driven research. Progress in community health partnerships: research, education, and action 2012;6:43-52.
  • Li S, Kwon SC, Weerasinghe I, Rey MJ, Trinh-Shevrin C. Smoking among asian americans: acculturation and gender in the context of tobacco control policies in new york city. Health promotion practice 2013;14:18S-28S.
  • Islam N, Riley L, Wyatt L, et al. Protocol for the DREAM Project (Diabetes Research, Education, and Action for Minorities): a randomized trial of a community health worker intervention to improve diabetic management and control among Bangladeshi adults in NYC. BMC public health 2014;14:177.
  • Pollack HJ, Kwon SC, Wang SH, Wyatt LC, Trinh-Shevrin C. Chronic hepatitis B and liver cancer risks among Asian immigrants in New York City: Results from a large, community-based screening, evaluation, and treatment program. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention: a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 2014;23:2229-39.
  • Arista P, Tepporn E, Kwon S, et al. Recommendations for implementing policy, systems, and environmental improvements to address chronic diseases in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Preventing chronic disease 2014;11:E202.

NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)-funded NYU School of Medicine - City University of New York Prevention Research Center (NYU-CUNY PRC) is an innovative public-private partnership between the NYU School of Medicine Department of Population Health and the CUNY School of Public Health (SPH) Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program.

The PRC was established at NYU School of Medicine in 2009, and was re-conceptualized into a partnership with CUNY SPH in 2013. The Center aims to translate and adapt evidence-based interventions into integrated community-clinical approaches to reduce cardiovascular disease disparities in NYC. Specifically, we will identify strategies to advance implementation of the Million Hearts Initiative using innovative combinations of evidence-based programs, such as CHW models and electronic health record (EHR)-based interventions for ethnically diverse communities.

More Resources: NYU-CUNY PRC

Center for Healthful Behavior Change

The Center for Healthful Behavior Change, partially funded by the NIH, was founded in 2008 by Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe. The center’s vision is to become a global leader in translational behavioral medicine research, training, and education. The mission of the center is to improve population health by:

  • Developing, testing, evaluating, and disseminating innovative behavioral interventions in clinical and community-based settings.
  • Creating and training a new cadre of investigators in translational behavioral medicine research.
  • Serving as a resource to NYULMC research and clinical community for developing conceptual, theoretical and applied models of health behavior change through multidisciplinary collaboration.

More Resources: CHBC

  • Ravenell J, Ogedegbe G. Unconscious bias and real-world hypertension outcomes: advancing disparities research. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jul;29(7):973-5.
  • Ogedegbe G, Boutin-Foster C, Wells M, Allegrante JP, Isen AM, Jobe JB, Charlson ME. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Positive-Affect Intervention and Medication Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2012;172(4):322-326. PMID:22269592
  • Ogedegbe GO, Chaplin W, Schoenthaler AS, Statman D, Berger D, Richardson T, Phillips E, Spencer J, Allegrante JP.A Practice-based Trial of Motivational Interviewing and Adherence in Hypertensive African Americans. Am J Hypertens. 2008 Oct; 21(10): 1137-43. PMCID: PMC3747638
  • Ogedegbe G, Tobin JN, Fernandez S, Cassells A, Diaz-Gloster M, Khalida C, Pickering T, Schwartz J. Counseling African Americans to Control Hypertension (CAATCH): Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial Main Effects. Circulation. 2014 May 20;129(20):2044-51. PMID: 24657991
  • Forsyth JM, Schoenthaler A, Ogedegbe G, Ravenell J. Perceived racial discrimination and adoption of health behaviors in hypertensive Black Americans: the CAATCH trial. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2014 Feb;25(1):276-91.
  • Schoenthaler A, Luerassi L, Teresi JA, Silver S, Kong J, Trilling S, Errico A, Uvwo O, Sebek K, Adekoya A, Ogedegbe G. A Practice-based Trial of Blood Pressure Control in African Americans (TLC-Clinic): Study Methods and Lessons Learned. Trial, 2011; 12:265.
  • Lancaster KJ, Schoenthaler AM, Midberry SA, Watts SO, Nulty MR, Cole HV, Ige E, Chaplin W, Ogedegbe G. Rationale and design of Faith-based Approaches in the Treatment of Hypertension (FAITH), a lifestyle intervention targeting blood pressure control among black church members. Am Heart J. 2014 Mar;167(3):301-7. Epub 2013 Nov 6.
  • Ogedegbe G, Plange-Rhule J, Gyamfi J, Chaplin W, Ntim M, Apusiga K, Khurshid K, Cooper R.A cluster-randomized trial of task shifting and blood pressure control in Ghana: study protocol. Implement Sci. 2014 Jun 12;9:73.
  • Ravenell JE, Johnson WE, Whitaker EE. According to him: Barriers To Health Care Among African-American Men. Journal of the National Medical Association. 2008 Oct;100(10):1153-60. PMID:18942276.
  • Ravenell J, Thompson H, Cole H, Plumhoff J, Cobb G, Afolabi L, Boutin-Foster C, Wells M, Scott M, Ogedegbe G. A novel community-based study to address disparities in hypertension and colorectal cancer: a study protocol for a randomized control trial. Trials. 2013 Sep 8;14:287. PMCID: PMC3844539
  • Cole H, Schoenthaler A, Braithwaite RS, Ladapo J, Mentor S, Uyei J, Trinh-Shevrin C. Community-based settings and sampling strategies: implications for reducing racial health disparities among black men, New York City, 2010-2013. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014 Jun 19;11:E105.
  • Jean-Louis G, Magai CM, Cohen CI, Zizi F, von Gizycki H, DiPalma J, Casimir GJ. Ethnic differences in self-reported sleep problems in older adults. Sleep. 2001 Dec 15;24(8):926-33
  • Jean-Louis, G, Zizi, F, von Gizycki, H, Dharawat A, Lazar, J, Brown C. (2008) Evaluation of Sleep Apnea in a Sample of Black Patients. J Clin Sleep Med 4(5):421-5.
  • Williams NJ, Jean-Louis G, Brown CD, McFarlane SI, Boutin-Foster C, Ogedegbe G. Telephone-delivered behavioral intervention among blacks with sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2014 Jun 12;15:225.
  • Williams NJ, Nunes JV, Zizi F, Okuyemi K, Airhihenbuwa CO, Ogedegbe G, Jean-Louis G. Factors Associated with Referrals for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Evaluation among Community Physicians. J Clin Sleep Med. 2014 Oct 17.
  • Williams NJ, Grandner MA, Snipes SA, Airhihenbuwa CO, Rogers A, Williams O, Jean-Louis G. Racial/ethnic disparities in sleep health and healthcare: Importance of the sociocultural context. Accepted, December 2014, National Sleep Foundation, Sleep Health.
  • Schoenthaler A, Montague E, Baier Manwell L, Brown R, Schwartz MD, Linzer M. Patient-physician racial/ethnic concordance and blood pressure control: the role of trust and medication adherence. Ethn Health. 2014;19(5):565-78. Epub 2013 Nov 2
  • Schoenthaler A, Chaplin W, Allegrante JP, Fernandez S, Diaz-GlosterM, Tobin J, Ogedegbe G. Provider communication effects medication adherence in hypertensive African Americans. Patient Education and Counseling, 2009; 75(2):185-191. PMCID: PMC2698021
  • Forsyth J, Schoenthaler A, Chaplin WF, Ogedegbe G, Ravenell J. Perceived discrimination and medication adherence in black hypertensive patients: the role of stress and depression. Psychosom Med. 2014 Apr;76(3):229-36.
  • Spruill TM, Gerber LM, Schwartz JE, Pickering TG, Ogedegbe G. Race differences in the physical and psychological impact of hypertension labeling. American Journal of Hypertension 2012;25:458-463. PMCID: PMC3693856
  • Spruill TM, Ogedegbe G, Harrold LR, Potter J, Scher J, Rosenthal P, Greenberg JD.Association of medication beliefs and self-efficacy with medication adherence in urban Hispanic and African American rheumatoid arthritis patients. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases2014;73:317-318. PMCID: PMC3940270
  • Sevick MA, Trauth JM, Ling BS, Anderson RT, Piatt GA, Kilbourne AM, Goodman RM. Patients with complex chronic diseases: perspectives on supporting self-management. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007;22(Suppl 3):438-44. PMID: 18026814. PMCID: PMC2150604.
  • Sevick MA, Zickmund S, Korytkowski M, Piraino B, Sereika S, Mihalko S, Snetselaar L, Stumbo P, Hausmann L, Ren D, Marsh R, Sakraida T, Gibson J, Safaien M, Starrett TJ, Burke LE. Design, feasibility, and acceptability of an intervention using personal digital assistant–based self-monitoring in managing type 2 diabetes. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2008;29(3):396-409. PMID: 17997364.PMCID: PMC2701552.

Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD)

The Center for Early Childhood Health and Development (CEHD) is based in the Division for Health and Behavior within the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine.

CEHD’s mission is to reduce the achievement gap and health disparities for vulnerable children, particularly ethnic minority children living in urban poverty. Our research includes efficacy and effectiveness trials, longitudinal studies, and implementation and dissemination studies with Black, Latino and Asian children. CEHD faculty and staff include scientists, clinicians and educators from diverse professional backgrounds working in strong partnership with schools and community-based early educational settings and state and local leaders in education and health.

More Resources: CEHD

  • Brotman LM, Calzada E, Huang KY, Kingston S, Dawson-McClure S, Kamboukos D, Rosenfelt A, Schwab A, Petkova E. Promoting effective parenting practices and preventing conduct problems among ethnic minority families from low-income urban communities. Child Development, 2011, 82(1), 258-276.
  • Brotman LM, Dawson-McClure S, Huang KY, Theise R, Kamboukos D, Wang J, Petkova E, Ogedegbe G. Family intervention in early childhood and long-term obesity prevention among high-risk minority youth.Pediatrics, 2012, 129, e621-628.
  • Brotman LM, Dawson-McClure S, Calzada EJ, Huang KY, Kamboukos D, Palamar JJ, Petkova E. A cluster (school) randomized trial of ParentCorps: Impact on kindergarten academic achievement. Pediatrics, 2013, 131, e1521-1529.
  • Dawson-McClure S, Calzada E, Huang KY, Kamboukos D, Rhule D, Kolawole B, Petkova E, Brotman LM. A population-level approach to promoting healthy child development and school success in low-income urban neighborhoods: Impact on parenting and child conduct problems. Prevention Science, 2014, Epub ahead of print.
  • Calzada EJ, Huang KY, Anicama C, Fernandez Y, Brotman LM. Test of a cultural framework of parenting with Latino families of young children. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 2012, 18, 285-96.
  • Calzada EJ, Brotman LM, Huang KY, Bat-Chava Y, Kingston S. Parent Cultural Adaptation and Child Functioning in Culturally Diverse, Urban Families of Preschoolers. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 2009, 30, 515-524.
  • Huang KY, Calzada E, Cheng S, Brotman LM. Physical and mental health disparities among young children of Asian immigrants. Journal of Pediatrics, 2012, 160, 331-336.
  • Huang KY, Cheng S, Calzada E, Brotman LM. Symptoms of anxiety and associated risk and protective factors in young Asian American children. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2012, 43, 761-74.
  • Huang KY, Cheng S, Theise R. Schools as Social Determinants of Child Health: Current Practices and Implications to Future Public Health Practice. Public Health Report, 2013, 128 (Supplement 3), 21-28.
  • Huang KY, Nakigudde J, Calzada E, Boivin MJ, Ogedegbe G, Brotman LM. Implementing an Early Childhood School-Based Mental Health Promotion Intervention in Low-Resource Ugandan Schools: Study Protocol for a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial. BMC Trials, 2014, 15:471.