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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.


Jose Jose A. Luchsinger-Stuart, MD, MPH
Director, CECR
Associate Professor Medicine and Epidemiology
Ana Ana Abraido-Lanza, PhD
Co-Director, CECR
Professor of Sociomedical Sciences

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