Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research (CHECER)

Our Mission & Vision

The Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research's mission is to improve the health and health care of underserved populations by identifying causes of disparities in health and healthcare, developing and testing community-partnered, sustainable interventions and disseminating lessons learned to inform policy and systems change.

What We Do

The Center - a hub for researchers across Mount Sinai interested in health equity, health disparities and community-engaged research - provides infrastructure to support their work and foster collaborations across divisions, departments, institutes, and community­-based organizations and clinical entities. CHECER's diverse and multi-disciplinary faculty have a rapidly expanding regional, national and international collaborative research portfolio covering numerous program areas and methodologies.

  • Active programs areas:

    • Cancer - projects include epidemiologic studies investigating explanatory mechanisms of racial disparities in cancer aggressiveness, SEER-Medicare comparative effectiveness studies, qualitative studies of patient and physician decision-making, implementation research, community-based interventions to aid patients in need and randomized trials to coordinate cancer care

    • Cardiovascular disease - clinical and community based research to control hypertension (locally and in developing countries), heart failure, and prevent recurrent strokes in partnership with community organizations, emergency departments and federally qualified health centers

    • Metabolic disease - community engaged research to understand and address diabetes related health disparities in clinical and community settings, and randomized trials among adults and youth aimed at diabetes prevention through weight loss

    • Kidney disease - reducing risk of chronic kidney disease among adults of African descent through patient education, testing and returning results for genetic mutations in APOL1, studying taxi workers’ health and risk for bladder cancer

    • Adolescent medicine - diabetes prevention, environmental health and long acting reversible contraception research involving low-income, minority adolescents

    • Infectious disease - work to improve screening and treatment of hepatitis B and C and HIV in minority communities

    • Maternal and child health - portfolio of research aimed at improving perinatal quality of care for underserved women and reducing racial/ethnic disparities in perinatal outcomes. Research areas include postpartum depression, neonatal mortality, maternal morbidity and mortality, and obstetrical and neonatal quality of care. Collaborations with Nursing, Social Work, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science

    • Community-engaged research

      • The Centers for Community- Academic Research Partnership of Mount Sinai's CTSA and CONDUITS; builds capacity for community-engaged research, offers consultations and helps academics and community leaders to come together to develop novel research partnerships and funded initiatives

      • Development of a practice based research network with the Institute for Family Health, serving over 80,000 patients at 26 neighborhood practices (FQHC's) which are also level three patient-centered medical homes with three residency programs in urban and rural New York

    • Faculty expertise - clinical trial development, multi-site and community-based interventions, recruitment and retention, quality improvement interventions, multi-method (qualitative-quantitative), large-scale secondary linked data analyses, health policy research

    • Funding sources - an expanding number of state, foundation and federal (NIH, DOD, CDC, AHRQ) grants, including two health disparities center grants, through the NIH and the CDC, lead one of the five centers of Mount Sinai's CTSA and Conduits, to further build our community engagement and research capacity

Contact Us

For more information, e-mail nina.bickell@mssm.edu, carol.horowitz@mssm.edu or elizabeth.howell@mssm.edu.

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