Arnhold Institute for Global Health

About Us

Delivering lasting global health impact at scale for the poor is the mission of the Arnhold Institute. All work is guided by the belief that policies and innovations from settings abroad have the potential to transform health care domestically. By making hidden determinants and infrastructures of health visible, new solutions can be developed, and sustainable impact can be scaled for the poor.

With its roots in Mount Sinai’s Global Health Training Program, the mission of the Arnhold Institute evolved as the needs of underserved communities, locally and globally, became more pronounced.

The Institute is made up of a diverse and dedicated team.

In 2006, a small group of Mount Sinai physicians under the leadership of pediatrician, Dr. Ramon Murphy, came together with the shared vision of creating an impactful Global Health Training Program that would address the needs of underserved communities globally. The objectives were twofold: to train, mentor, and equip U.S. medical students to pursue careers in global health, and to increase local health care capacity in medically under-resourced areas around the world. The Training Program launched in 2007, ushering in a new era of focus on global health at Mount Sinai.

By 2010, guided by the new Dean for Global Health, Dr. Phil Landrigan, the Global Training Program quickly expanded into Mount Sinai Global Health: an interdisciplinary program incorporating robust global health research, patient care, and human rights programs alongside the original program focused on training. Since 2007, this portfolio of programs has trained hundreds of students, residents, and fellows and positively impacted thousands of lives.

In 2014, the Mulago Foundation and the Arnhold family made a visionary gift to establish the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Mulago Foundation carries on the life’s work of pediatrician and philanthropist Dr. Rainer Arnhold, whose passion was to create a better life for children in poverty.

“Support for high-quality, global health education has always been a priority for our philanthropy, especially through The Mulago Foundation,” said John Arnhold, a Trustee for The Mulago Foundation and The Arnhold Foundation, upon bestowing the gift. “We are delighted to have this opportunity to support the remarkable work that Mount Sinai is doing to create the next generation of global health leaders and workers.”

Today, under the new leadership of its first director, global health expert Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, the Arnhold Institute for Global Health is expanding its scope by focusing on broadening the understanding of the full context of global health.

Historically, popular ideas about global health goals often include alleviating the burden of hunger and infectious diseases in the developing world. The Arnhold Institute for Global Health does not stop there. Global health is for everyone, everywhere, whether it is improving the health of a community in rural sub-Saharan Africa struggling with cardiovascular disease, developing a data science platform to better protect an underserved population in Guatemala from the Zika virus, or retooling the way primary care is delivered in a community in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood. The Arnhold Institute is focused on protecting and improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities everywhere.

By recognizing common problems faced by diverse communities globally, the Arnhold Institute’s expanded scope creates new opportunities for learning and action.

There are myriad examples of diverse populations facing identical challenges despite having very little else in common, creating opportunities to learn from each other. Communities as distinct as Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Miami, Florida, are suffering from the effects of chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. From El Paso, Texas, to Lesbos, Greece, communities are struggling to provide care to migrants fleeing violence in search of safety and opportunity. The Arnhold Institute believes that working towards more equitable health systems worldwide helps us all, morally and medically.

The Institute’s latest publications are included here:

  • Gates Foundation Awards Grants to Pace and Mount Sinai (Subscription required)
    Robin Schatz | Crain's Health Pulse | June 16, 2017
    Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a researcher at Dimagi, Cambridge, Mass. won a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations grant to create a platform to detect high-malaria-risk regions to allocate malaria-control resources.
  • 'Where do you Live?'
    Prabhjot Singh | Politico The Agenda | May 23, 2017
    I'm a doctor in East Harlem, where residents die, on average, 10 years earlier than their neighbors just a few blocks south on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Many of my patients worry more about paying the rent than buying the medication they need to manage their diabetes or high blood pressure. That's why I've learned that one of the most important questions I can ask my patients during an exam is, "Where do you live?"
  • Global Health a Requisite for Academic Pediatric Programs
    The study and practice of global health should be a core part of pediatric education and research at all academic health centers, according to a report from the American Board of Pediatrics Global Health Task Force. Dr. Prabhjot Singh, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, told Reuters Health by email, "The American Board of Pediatrics has released a timely, practical and important affirmation of the central role of global health in training the people who will take care of our nation's children."
  • Presidential Scholar (Subscription required)
    Crain’s New York Health Pulse | February 3, 2017
    Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is one of 60 scholars chosen to participate in the 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars program. The leadership-development initiative uses the resources of the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.
  • Marking Rounds (Subscription required)
    Dan Goldberg | Politico Pro | February 2, 2017
    Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was one of 60 selected to participate in the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.
  • Trump's travel ban rattles medical residency programs (Subscription required)
    Dan Diamond | Politico Pro | January 31, 2017
    Teaching hospitals may have to drop residency offers to medical students from countries affected by President Donald Trump’s immigration ban — a move that could exacerbate a shortage of doctors and limit patient care in underserved areas.

  • Mount Sinai and GLG Announce 2017 Global Health Scholars
    Yahoo Finance | January 24, 2017
    The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.) today announced the 2017 class of Mount Sinai-GLG Global Health Scholars. Three additional scholars will join the program, now in its second year. The program leverages GLG's learning platform and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's progressive environment for medical education. It creates a groundbreaking educational program for the next generation of global health leaders that connects curious and dedicated Mount Sinai students with the power of one-to-one learning through GLG.
  • Community health worker programs need institutional support and sustainable revenue, report says (Requires login)
    Caroline Lewis | Crain’s New York Health Pulse | December 6, 2016
    Community health workers, who are integral to health care in parts of the developing world, can also play a vital role in U.S. health care reform—if the programs receive institutional support and sustainable financing, says a new report released today by the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the Office of the U.N. Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria.
  • A Street-Level View Of America’s Healthcare Promise
    Joe Donahue | Northeast Public Radio| December 5, 2016
    In Dying and Living in the Neighborhood, Dr. Prabhjot Singh argues that we must look beyond the walls of the hospital and into the neighborhoods where patients live and die to address the troubling rise in chronic disease. (audio)
  • Health In All Parts Of Town
    Ellen Lawton | Health Affairs| November 11, 2016
    “How can a neighborhood take a lead role in designing a total population health system?” This is the central question framing Prabhjot Singh’s unique and timely book, Dying and Living in the Neighborhood. Singh, a cross-cutting and highly accomplished academic and clinician who leads the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and chairs the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at Mount Sinai Health System, uses a US neighborhood as a focal point for how to think about, and bridge, the social needs and challenges affecting the health of vulnerable populations.
  • Reluctance To Seek Maternity Care Tied To Mortality During Ebola (Subscription required)
    Marilynn Larkin | Reuters |November 4, 2016
    During the Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone, the decrease in women seeking pre- and postnatal care was associated with a marked increase in maternal mortality and stillbirths, UK researchers report. "We already knew that basic health services were disrupted in the context of the epidemic, but we did not know why, and at what cost," said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who was not involved in the research. "The authors show that life-saving maternal services were available, but not used, leading to an uptick in preventable deaths in mothers and children that were unrelated to Ebola."
  • U.S. Election
    Staff | The Lancet | November 4, 2016
    Discussion of the US election, and of the importance of underlying social determinants of health for the US health policy environment. [Features Dr. Prabhjot Singh]
  • An Idea Borrowed from South Africa: Ordinary Citizens Fill Gaps in Health Care
    Sarah Varney | Kaiser Health News | October 20, 2016
    Belton is one of a small team of community health workers trained by Manmeet Kaur to help patients in New York City. Kaur trained with the Mamelani Projects in the townships of Cape Town. The organization she founded, City Health Works, contracts directly with primary care providers, like Mount Sinai Health System, to better manage their most difficult patients.
  • USAID funds partnership effort to locate and assess Zika cold spots in Guatemala
    Staff | News Medical Life Sciences | October 20, 2016
    The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, software company Dimagi, and Guatemalan NGO TulaSalud announced today that their partnership to locate and assess vulnerable areas in Guatemala to determine their level of risk for a Zika epidemic is being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The funding is part of the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge, a $30 million challenge that called upon the global innovator community to generate cutting-edge approaches to fight the current Zika outbreak and to help strengthen the world's ability to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks.
  • Can ordinary citizens help fill gaps in U.S. health care?
    Staff | PBS News Hour | October 17, 2016
    In the midst of radical changes in health care policy, some U.S. providers are looking to an unlikely model: Sub-Saharan Africa, where ordinary citizens are trained as medical support for their communities. In the U.S., City Health Works is following suit, using community members to form long-term relationships with patients to fill gaps in care. Special correspondent Sarah Varney reports.
  • Grant Land—Dan Goldberg
    Dan Goldberg | Politico Pro New York Healthcare | October 17, 2016
    The Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a software company named Dimagi, and a Guatemalan NGO called TulaSalud will announce Monday that they received roughly $1 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development to determine the level of risk for a Zika epidemic in Guatemala. The funding comes from the Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge, a $30 million program.
  • New York City Health Disparities
    Erin Billups | New York 1 News | October 15, 2016
    Access to healthcare varies depending on where you live, and it obviously has a big impact on health outcomes with some city neighborhoods seeing higher rates of disease such as diabetes and asthma. Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who has studied these disparities, joins Erin Billups to discuss population health. “We know that a kid born, for example, in East Harlem, lives about 10 years less than a kid born downtown,” Dr. Singh said.
  • Medicine Can’t Cure Poverty
    Brian Lehrer | WNYC: The Brian Lehrer Show | October 11, 2016
    US healthcare spending has been steadily increasing yet chronic illness and premature death are also on the rise. Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, set out to understand the healthcare crisis after he attended the funeral of one of his patients. “You almost get this sense from the last five years that healthcare takes place on paper and in legislature, but the bottom line is that for the patients that I’ve met and the pioneers that I saw across the country, the real work is in the streets. It’s in our neighborhoods,” Dr. Singh said.
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations
    Dennis Thompson | HealthDay News | October 6, 2016
    US healthcare spending has been steadily increasing yet chronic illness and premature death are also on the rise. Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, set out to understand the healthcare crisis after he attended the funeral of one of his patients. “You almost get this sense from the last five years that healthcare takes place on paper and in legislature, but the bottom line is that for the patients that I’ve met and the pioneers that I saw across the country, the real work is in the streets. It’s in our neighborhoods,” Dr. Singh said.
  • Quora Question: What Will Be The Greatest Health Care Challenge In The Future?
    Newsweek | October 2, 2016
    Healthcare in the U.S. is at its most dynamic and formative moment in more than 50 years, since Medicaid and Medicare were passed. That’s the glass half-full answer, because we have a choice ahead of us: do we pay attention to how and where people live and how that shapes their health? Or do we neglect that in favor of health care as usual? I am confident that a growing network of Americans are paying attention because I’ve spent time with them across our country, and so I do see promise amidst crisis, writes Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
  • Mount Sinai's Harlem Clinic Transforms Primary Care (subscription required)
    Jonathan LaMantia | Crain’s New York | September 23, 2016
    The Peterson Center on Healthcare, a Manhattan-based foundation, has implemented primary-care strategies to boost performance at three U.S. clinics, including Mount Sinai Doctors Faculty Practice at West 147th Street. The nonprofit organization, which is devoted to improving quality and lowering costs in U.S. health care, said Thursday it is replicating approaches in place at certain "high-value" practices around the country, which Peterson said deliver high-quality care at an affordable price. Recent changes freed up 10 hours a week in staff time, said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, chair of the department of health system design and global health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "It's these small changes that have cascading effects," he said. Mount Sinai plans to emulate the Peterson Center model at other primary care practices.
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD, Joins Mount Sinai for Two-Year Visiting Fellowship
    Newswise September 20, 2016
    During his two-year fellowship, professor of economics, senior United Nations advisor, bestselling author and sustainable development leader, Jeffrey D. Sachs, PhD, will examine how the Mount Sinai Health System can contribute to the U.N.’s new Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Economist Jeffrey Sachs Begins Fellowship At Mount Sinai (Subscription required)
    Robin Schatz | Crain’s New York | September 21, 2016
    Economist Jeffrey Sachs has just begun a two-year visiting fellowship at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the health system announced Tuesday. In his new role, he'll help guide New York City's largest health care system to contribute to the United Nations' new Sustainable Development Goals. "Jeff Sachs has been at the forefront for supporting universal health coverage across the world and is a leader in establishing sustainable development goals,” Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, told Crain's.  Dr. Sachs recently led a team of Mount Sinai executives, including Dr. Singh, to Ghana to observe how the west African nation is implementing an electronic health system. Dr. Singh said Dr. Sachs will interact with medical students, give lectures and work with the health system's business units to better understand the policy challenges they face.
  • To Fix Health Care, Try A Walk Around The Neighborhood
    Kai Ryssdal | Marketplace | September 15, 2016
    Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, spoke to Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal about his book Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America's Healthcare Promise. “At the heart of it, it’s not so much a question of getting physicians to walk around the neighborhood, but I think it’s also about letting people that are already in the community be representatives and also formally part of how we look at our health care system,” Dr. Singh said. “The only way to really move forward is to learn by doing and make sure that we actually can see the progress that we are making.
  • Mount Sinai Doc Draws Inspiration From Patient's Funeral In New Book: Interview (subscription required)
    Robin Schatz | Crain’s New York | September 15, 2016
    In the summer of 2011, Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, then a clinical resident at Mount Sinai Health System, first met the patient he calls Ray in the emergency room. Ray was suffering from uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, an irregular heartbeat and a dangerous blood clot in his right thigh that was migrating toward his heart.  Ray is actually a composite character, drawing details from the lives of four patients with similar conditions and circumstances to protect his privacy. Dr. Singh, who is now director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine, spoke to Crain's about his book, which blends personal reflection with extensive research into how health care innovators are focusing on neighborhood health.
  • Zika: Why Brazil, Why Now
    Dennis Thompson | U.S. News & World Report | August 4, 2016
    Brazil, by a wide margin, has been the country hit hardest by the ongoing Zika virus epidemic and its potential for birth defects. But, public health officials are at a loss to say exactly why Brazil became the epicenter of the epidemic, which began there in early 2015. "We don't fully understand why the epidemic broke out where it did. But we do know that a lot of the factors that have made Brazil the major zone are not shared by a lot of the world," said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "You are looking for a perfect storm for a place to become a hot spot," he continued. "People want to hear that it's just one thing that made Brazil the center point, but there are a bunch of things that could have contributed."
  • Mount Sinai's New Department Has Its Eye on Changing Global Health
    Meg Bryant /Healthcare Dive | June 10, 2016
    The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai launched its new Department of Health System Design and Global Health. The goals of the department include designing next-generation care models, cost-effective business models and user-centric technologies. There will be an emphasis on practitioner training and recruiting faculty with diverse interests and expertise, the school noted. “For too long, there have been barriers between U.S. healthcare workers and the world around us,” said Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and inaugural chair of the department.
  • New Center For Global Health System Design (subscription required)
    Crain’s New York | June 9, 2016
    The notion of tapping the best global ideas in health care is what motivated Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, to launch the new Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We have something valuable to contribute around how a payment environment drives practice transformation, and at the same time we have a lot to learn about how you deliver care outside of facilities,” said Dr. Singh. The new department will focus on domestic projects in urban areas such as Harlem as well as projects abroad.

Accelerating Adoption and Diffusion of Innovations in Care Delivery
Prabhjot Singh, Jeff Selberg, Jorge Alday | Health Affairs | May 16, 2017

Closing the Gap: Applying Global Lessons Toward Sustainable Community Health Models in the U.S.

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Global Health & U.S. Policy: Priorities for the Next Administration

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