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The development of new public health approaches would be impossible without rigorous research providing a foundation of knowledge from which to build. GIPH is invested in producing research of the highest caliber and houses a global public health research center, serving as a University-wide resource for large scale, multi-school, multi-disciplinary and multi-site research projects. GIPH research draws from faculty expertise on multiple topics in multiple geographic settings; coordinates administrative support; works collaboratively with community partners and constituents; and takes a comprehensive approach to research problems, incorporating complimentary perspectives and approaches from across disciplines.

 

Research Profile: NYU/Ghana Health Partnership

 

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New York University and its affiliated public hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, and the University of Ghana and its affiliated public hospital, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, have developed a multi-disciplinary collaboration for health professional development that will result in sustained and significant improvements in health and health care in Ghana and the United States. More recently, this NYU/Ghana Health partnership has expanded to include the new University of Health & Allied Sciences (Volta) as well as the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.

A variety of projects are underway, involving faculty from several of NYU's schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Steinhardt, Wagner). The partnership addresses a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • increasing the midlevel provider workforce in sub-saharan Africa
  • improving access to qualified health providers
  • improving health outcomes (including nutrition, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, oral health)
  • creating cost effectivenss to lower the financial burden on national financing systems
  • stengthening emergency medicine systems and services in Ghana

 

Research Highlights

Faculty who participate in the Global Institute of Public Health engage in a diverse and impressive array of research across the university. Below is a sampling of public health-related research projects at NYU, including the school affiliation of the priciple investigator.


  • Ambulatory care sensitive hospitalizations and chronic diseases in Brazil Inter (American Development Bank) - James Macinko, Steinhardt
  • Analysis of Medicaid Claims Data (United Hospital Fund of NY) - John Billings, Wagner
  • An Exploration Study of Migration on HIV Risk among Poblano Migrants in NYC (NYU University Research Challenge Fund Grant) - Yumary Ruiz, Steinhardt
  • Anemia in pregnancy in Benin and impact on cognitive function in childhood (NIH)  – Karen Day, School of Medicine
  • Assessing PHC in the Americas (PAHO/WHO) - James Macinko, Steinhardt
  • Assessing the state health policy environment (RWJF) - James Macinko, Steinhardt
  • Association of Periodontal Disease with Gastritis and Intestinal Metaplasia (NIDCR) – Ananda Dasanayake, College of Dentistry
  • Behavioral Economics of Food Choice: Taxes and Labeling (NYU-HHC Clinical Translational Science Institute) - Brian Elbel, School of Medicine/Wagner
  • Black-white disparities in avoidable mortality (NIH) - James Macinko, Steinhardt
  • CARE Corrections (NIH/NIDA) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • CARE India (NIH) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Center for Health, Identity, Behavior & Prevention Studies (CHIBPS) - Perry Halkitis, Steinhardt & Farzana Kapadia, Steinhardt
  • Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEED) – Center to Reduce HBV (CDC) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • Computerized Counseling to Promote Positive Prevention and HIV Health in Kenya (NIH/NIMH) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Cultural Adaptation of Internet-Based Depression Prevention Program for Immigrant Chinese American Adolescents (New York University Research Challenge Fund) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • Developing a CBPR mental health promotion intervention for Korean American youth in NYC (New York University Steinhardt Research Challenge Fund) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • Developing PDA-based decision support to treat tobacco use in dental clinics (NIH/NCRR, NYUCTSI) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Development of Innovative Statistical Methods to Analyze and Related Biomechanical Data (Steinhardt Research Challenge Fund) - Ying Lu, Steinhardt
  • Effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions for urban hospital patients (NHLBI) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Establishing a health system performance monitoring system in Ghana (NYU Global Public Health Research Challenge Grant) - Karen Grepin, Wagner
  • Evaluating the Impact of Using Financial Incentive to Build Supermarkets in High-Need Areas (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research Initiative) - Brian Elbel, School of Medicine/Wagner
  • Evaluation of a computerized clinical decision support system and EHR-linked registry to improve management of hypertension in community based health centers (Agency for Health Research and Quality) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Evaluation of Expecting Success (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) - John Billings, Wagner
  • Evaluation of the Urban Health Initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) - Beth Weitzman, Steinhardt
  • Fighting Obesity–Kids Who Cook, Kids Who Kick: A Pilot Study in Health Information Literacy among African-American Adolescents (New York-New Jersey Chapter/Medical Library Association) - Dorice Vieira, School of Medicine
  • Gender-specific Combination HIV Prevention for Youth in High-Burden Settings (NIH/NIAID) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Genetic and Lifestyle Determinants of the Insulin Resistance (GLIR) in the Framingham Heart Study Population (Steinhardt School) - Niyati Parekh, Steinhardt
  • Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program, "Promotion of Plasmodium Research and Training in India" (NIH Fogarty) - Jane Carlton, NYU Biology
  • Global Partnerships for Social Science Research on AIDS in Kenya (NIH/NICHD) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Health Literacy Among Korean Immigrants Living with HBP (NIH-NHLBI) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • Health Risks Faced by Youth who are Refugees from Zimbabwe Currently Residing in South Africa (NYU Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund) - Sally Guttmacher, Steinhardt
  • HIV, Illicit Drug Use and Aging in MSM *Center for AIDS Research, NYU) - Perry Halkitis, Steinhardt
  • HIV Transmission and Illicit Drug Use in a Caribbean Tourism Area – NYU Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund) - Yumary Ruiz, Steinhardt
  • Human Genetic Polymorphisms in Malaria-endemic Area (NIH/NIGMS) – Karen Day, School of Medicine
  • Immigration & HIV risk among documented and undocumented Mexican immigrants (New York University Research Challenge Fund Program) - Farzana Kapadia, Steinhardt
  • Impact of early antibiotic exposure on human health (NYU Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund) - Jan Blustein, Wagner
  • Impact of family functioning and violence on adult’s and children’s oral health (NIDCR) – Ananda Dasanayake, College of Dentistry
  • Increasing access to oral health among older adults (United Hospital Fund) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Increasing Oral Cancer Screening by Dentists: qualitative research on practitioners’ choices (NIH/NIDCR) - Walter Psoter, College of Dentistry
  • Infectious Diseases and Basic Microbiological Mechanisms Training Grant (NIH/NIAID) – Karen Day, School of Medicine
  • Influence of Calorie Labeling on Food Choice (NHLBI/NIH) - Brian Elbel, School of Medicine/Wagner
  • Integrating mental health in social development (Sanofi Aventis Access to Medicines) - Gary Belkin, School of Medicine
  • International Center of Excellence in Malaria - the "Center for the Study of Complex Malaria in India" (NIH/NIAID) - Jane Carlton, NYU Biology
  • Manhattan Tobacco Cessation Center (New York State Department of Health) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Medicaid Chronic Illnesses Demonstration Project (NY Health Foundation) - John Billings, Wagner
  • Mental health delivery model (Clinton Global Initiative/Partners in Health) - Gary Belkin, School of Medicine
  • Metabolic syndrome and cancer mortality-potential mechanisms and interventions (NCI/NIH) - Niyati Parekh, Steinhardt
  • Microbiome and upper aerodigenstive cancers (NIH) - Richard Hayes, School of Medicine
  • Migration & HIV risk among Poblano migrants in New York City: A Community-Academic Collaboration (NYU/Steinhardt Challenge Community Collaborative Awards) - Farzana Kapadia and Yumary Ruiz, Steinhardt
  • National Research Center of Excellence – Center for of Asian American Health (NIH- National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • NIDA Clinical Trials Network – New York Node (NIH/NIDA) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • NYU Comprehensive Oral Health Research (COHRT) Training (NIH/NIDCR) - Ralph Katz, College of Dentistry
  • NYU Health Promotion and Prevention Research Center (PRC) – [Training Core PI] (CDC) - Yumary Ruiz, Steinhardt
  • NYU Oral Health Initiative (DentaQuest Foundation ) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • NYU – Prevention Research Center – Building Community Capacity through a CHW Model (CDC) - Simona Kwon, School of Medicine
  • P. falciparum var gene diversity and malaria control (NIH)  – Karen Day, School of Medicine
  • Partnership for Family Health (Health Resources and Services Administration) - Nancy Van Devanter, College of Nursing
  • Planning Parental/Motivational Interventions to Prevent Early Childhood Caries (NIH/NIDCR) – Ananda Dasanayake, College of Dentistry
  • Policy and Politics of Inequality (NYU Wagner Social Justice Fund) - John Gershman, Wagner
  • Politics of Recent Health Reforms in Ghana (NYU Wagner) - Karen Grepin, Wagner
  • Politics of Land and Water Rights in Ghana (NYU Wagner) – John Gershman, Wagner
  • Politics of Recent Health Reforms in Ghana (NYU Wagner) - Karen Grepin, Wagner
  • Predictive Modeling for Vulnerable Populations (NY Community Trust) - John Billings, Wagner
  • Qualitative Study of Dual Diagnosed Homeless (NIMH) - Deborah Padgett, Silver School of Social Work
  • Qualitative Study of Mental Health Recovery (NIMH) - Deborah Padgett, Silver School of Social Work
  • Reproductive Health Decisions and HIV Infection Risk (NIH/NICHD) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Role of neighborhood, health system, and household environment characteristics on control of non-communicable diseases in Brazil: a household survey of the city of Belo Horizonte (Brazilian Ministry of Health) - James Macinko, Steinhardt
  • Sensitivity Analysis – If We Are Wrong, How Far Are We From Being Right? (Department of Education) - Marc Scott, Steinhardt
  • Spanish-Language Intervention for HIV-Positives (NIH/NIMH) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Substance Abuse Research Education and Training (NIH) - Frederick More, College of Dentistry
  • Syndemic Production among Emergent Adult Men (NIDA/NIH) - Perry Halkitis, Steinhardt
  • Tax Credits for New Supermarkets in Low-Income Areas: The Influence on Healthy Eating for Adult (Aetna Foundation) - Brian Elbel, School of Medicine/Wagner
  • Testing a PDA based clinical decision support system for tobacco use treatment in dental clinics (AHRQ) - Donna Shelley, School of Medicine
  • Testing and Linkage to Care for Injecting Drug Users, Kenya (NIH/NIDA) - Ann Kurth, College of Nursing
  • Transmission of Maternal Indigenous Bacteria to the Newborn through Kangaroo Mother Care (NIMCH) – Ananda Dasanayake, College of Dentistry
  • Understanding State Health Variation (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) - Diana Silver, Steinhardt
  • Using Nudges to Implement Comparative Effectiveness: Behavioral Economics and Statins (National Institute of Aging/NIH) - Brian Elbel, School of Medicine/Wagner
  • Utilization of NYC Playgrounds (New Yorkers for Parks) - Diana Silver, Steinhardt

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NYU medical residents at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Ghana

The Global Public Health Research Challenge Fund (GPHRCF) supports faculty-initiated research on a competitive basis and is administered by the Executive Vice President for Health and a GPHRCF Selection Committee, composed of senior faculty representing a cross-section of disciplines at the University. Awards in 2012 - 2013 will be made in a single round of competition.

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