At the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, we believe that global health is local health. We envision a world where vulnerable people in every community have access to health care. We are an academic institute that develops and evaluates global health solutions which can be replicated at scale.
The Arnhold Institute specializes in global health systems and implementation research. Our global research programs generate evidence about how to build and sustain better health care systems. For example, our current work includes programs to enable hospitals and community health networks in Nepal to keep newborns alive and to build supportive, lifelong HIV treatment programs for children and adolescents in Kenya.
We partner with academic institutions, health systems, government partners, and leading community-based organizations to maximize the impact at scale. The institute is committed to applying global lessons from developing country contexts to low-resource settings in the United States.
AIGH Response to the COVID-I9 Pandemic: CURE-19
As Elmhurst Hospital Center became the epicenter of New York City’s COVID-19 crisis, Mount Sinai’s Arnhold Institute for Global Health partnered with the Elmhurst Global Health Institute to launch The COVID Unit for Research at Elmhurst (CURE-19). We have identified four areas of urgent need and quickly developed and implemented programs and research to protect the most vulnerable. Our belief is that health care system improvements that address social inequities are fundamental to pandemic preparedness and response.
Our programs address:
Maternal and Child Health: We are working to expand available community-based doulas, improve social supports, and engage with community-based organizations to improve the care of mothers and their children facing COVID-19.
People Living with HIV: We are evaluating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns, and social distancing measures on the physical, mental, and social health of adolescents and adults living with HIV by performing phone-based assessments, outreach, and clinical support.
Social and Environmental Factors: We are conducting a large retrospective analysis assessing at the household level the effects of air pollution, overcrowding, excessive policing, race/ethnicity, household income, and the built environment on COVID severity, with the long-term goal of developing strategies to mitigate these risks.
People with Multiple Chronic Conditions: We are working to develop solutions that encompass community health workers, community-based organizations, technology, and individualized treatment programs to best care for and improve self-management of patients who have multiple chronic conditions (especially hypertension, obesity, and diabetes) and COVID-19.