The CUNY Urban Health Collaborative (UHC) was created in Spring 2000 in order to strengthen teaching, research and practice in urban health within the City University of New York. The growing urbanization of the world’s population, the powerful impact of city living on health, and the CUNY mission of serving New York combined to make urban health a natural focus for our institution. With more than 200,000 students who reflect the diversity of the city and more than 100 health-related academic programs, CUNY brings a wealth of resources to the study of urban health.
In the last 5 years, nearly 400 CUNY faculty, research staff, administrators, and students have joined to attend the UHC’s academic forums, to find colleagues with common interests, and to develop new activities related to teaching, research and practice in urban health.
Our accomplishments over the past 5 years include:
• National recognition in the award of a 5-year NIH Roadmap Curriculum Development Award to UHC faculty (2004-2009) for the preparation of an interdisciplinary curriculum in urban health
• The development of new pathways for students interested in urban health, including an MPH-PhD program, new doctoral level courses in urban health, and other academic options for advanced study in urban health
• Interdisciplinary and cross-campus workgroups centered around specific interest areas in urban health, including HIV/AIDS, obesity/nutrition/activity, immigration, healthy urban aging, correctional health, urban planning, and occupational and environmental health
• Ongoing collaboration between the UHC and several CUNY research centers with an interest in urban health, including the Center for Human Environments at the Graduate Center, the Center for the Biology of Natural Systems at Queens College, and the Brookdale Center on Aging, the Center on Urban and Community Health, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Hunter College
• An ongoing series of more than 20 faculty development seminars on topics in urban health, with invited speakers from across the country
• Annual forums for both graduate students and new CUNY faculty with interests in urban health
• The allocation of several cluster hire lines at CUNY to the areas of urban and environmental health, including the first ever interdisciplinary position in Urban Health at the CUNY Graduate Center.
• Several publications on urban health by UHC members.