New York City Health Data Initiative for Health Equity Launched

New York City Health Data Initiative for Health Equity Launched

The New York Academy of Medicine and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, have announced the launch of an initiative to advance population health research and promote health equity in New York City. 

The multi-institutional platform, Health Data for New York City (HD4NYC), will advance evidence-based population health research by facilitating access to Health Department data for early-career investigators from academic institutions, the New York City Department of Health, and NYAM. The initiative also will support mentorship, collective learning, and trainings focused on enhancing the productivity and career development of researchers.

The first two working groups will focus on health equity issues related to childhood, including birth equity and children's environmental health, and marginalized populations, including immigrants, people with criminal justice involvement, and the LGBTQ community. Academic researchers in fields such as public health, medicine, engineering, psychology, global affairs, and social and public policy at eleven New York metro area institutions will work with Health Department researchers from eight divisions.

"HD4NYC has the potential to inform evidence-based policies and programs for New Yorkers in greatest need, and to nurture the careers of a diverse group of promising investigators," said NYAM president Judith A. Salerno. "The program's explicit focus on equity is central to our mission to drive progress toward improved health through attaining health equity."