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Zika Virus- A free educational talk on Zika virus
Speaker: Kiran T. Thakur, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Division of Critical Care and Hospitalist Neurology
Department of Neurology 
Monday, July 25, 2016
5:30 – 7:00p        
Columbia Community Partnership for Health
390 Fort Washington Avenue, 1st Floor, NYC 10033
Between 177 and 178 streets
To RSVP, call: 646-697-2274

What do your genes say about you? A free educational talk on how your genes affect your health
Speaker: Wendy K. Chung, MD, PhD
Kennedy Family Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research 
Thursday, August 4, 2016
5:30 – 7:00p        
Columbia Community Partnership for Health
390 Fort Washington Avenue, 1st Floor, NYC 10033
Between 177 and 178 streets
To RSVP, call: 646-697-2274

CBPR Pilot Award Recipients
The Community Engagement Core Resource announces the recipients of the 2015 Community Based Participatory Research Pilot Awards:
An evaluation of the dietary impact of Comprando Rico y Sano (CRyS) in Mexican immigrants
in New York City
Jairo Guzman
Mexican Coalition for the Empowerment of Youth and Families, Inc.

Manuela Orjuela-Grimm, MD, ScM
Assistant Professor Epidemiology & Pediatrics (Oncology) at CUMC
Mailman School of Public Health

Identifying the barriers to mental health intervention in the homebound older adult
Clare C Bassile, PT, EdD
Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine at CUMC
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Deborah Katznelson, LMSW
Chief Social Service Officer
YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood

Storyworks in the Heights
Marilyn Pacheco
Assistant Director of Marketing /Program Director, Institute for Older Adults
Isabella Geriatric Center

Mary Sormanti, PhD, MS
Professor of Professional Practice
Columbia School of Social Work


The Irving Institute’s Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR) promotes health research that contributes to the health and well-being of our Upper Manhattan communities. CECR fosters community partnerships and participation in health research through educational training, funding, and outreach opportunities. We offer services and resources to fosters community involvement in health research.

CECR collaborates with several Irving Institute Resources including the Biomedical Informatics Resource, the Clinical Research Resource, the Regulatory Knowledge and Ethics Resource, as well as other CUMC centers and multi-sector stakeholders in NORTHERN Manhattan.

CECR fosters community-engaged research between CUMC researchers, multi-sector stakeholders, and the community at-large by:
  • (1) Providing educational, training, and funding opportunities
  • (2) Developing health-literate resources and services to facilitate recruitment and retention of research participants
  • (3) Providing informatics tools to promote community outreach, social networking, and research dissemination to community stakeholders
  • (4) Providing off-campus space for health research, education, and promotion activities
  • (5) Linking community residents to health research, information, and services

Site/Environment – information on Irving Institute resources and facilities appropriate for NIH’s Resource and Facilities Section.


Ana Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD
Co-Director, CECR
Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

Rafael Rafael A. Lantigua, MD
Co-Director, CECR
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Jose Jose A. Luchsinger, MD, MPH
Co-Director, CECR
Associate Professor Medicine and Epidemiology
Dr. cohn Elizabeth G. Cohn, RN, PhD
Associate Director, CECR 
Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar


For more information on any CECR service or program contact Alejandra N. Aguirre, Senior Program Manager.

If you have a CUMC UNI, you may submit a request using our online system.


Alejandra N. Aguirre, MPH
Senior Program Manager
(646) 697-2272
Nayrobi Rivera, MPA
Project Coordinator
Dora Ventura
Administrative Clerk
(646) 697-2274

Columbia Community Partnership for Health
390 Fort Washington Avenue, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10033

Directions to CCPH
CCPH is located at 390 Fort Washington Avenue between, 177th and 178th Streets, across from the George Washington Bridge, in the Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan.

By Public Transportation
Subway - Take the A train to the 175th Street
Bus - Take the M4 bus to 177th Street

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 9:00a - 5:00p
Evenings & Weekends, upon arrangement
Health Library & Computer Lab: Monday - Friday, 9:30a - 4:45p

Telephone & Fax
Main Telephone: (646) 697-CCPH (2274) (if calling within CUMC dial 697-2274)
Fax: (212) 568-3453

Social Media

CCPH and its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Funding for the Irving Institute, which supports CECR and CCPH, depends upon continued demonstration that outstanding research is being conducted and published using CECR services and facilities. We ask that you cite the grant on any publications related to your protocols that used CECR services and/or facilities. 

Required Language
“This publication was supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, through Grant Number UL1TR001873, formerly the National Center for Research Resources, Grant Number UL1 RR024156. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.”