For Community

ConduITS – the Institutes for Translational Sciences provides various resources for the research community including training, education, and development.

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) connects faculty and community members so that the values and culture of the community are respected throughout the research process. To achieve our goals, we direct our services to community and academic members in order to create a unique environment where both groups learn from one another.

We work closely with Mount Sinai faculty, residents in training, and students who either are involved in or want to learn more about engaging in community-focused and participatory research. Additionally, we work with community groups and organizations interested in research collaborations and/or developing their own research capacity.

Our consultation, training and education, and data services are available to community organizations, faculty, and students. We provide opportunities for community and faculty to develop meaningful research partnerships with the goal of receiving outside funding, conducting effective research, and translating study results into action and policy change. CCARP strives to provide access to information and data that are relevant to the development of new projects.

CCARP is guided by the Community-Academic Partnership Board who represent New York City communities and Mount Sinai Faculty.

To learn more contact Crispin Goytia at

The Center for Community Engagement and Research (CCER) aims to develop the capacity of community members and organizations to conduct research and to help researchers develop the knowledge and skills to work with community partners in a way that meets the needs of all parties.

The Mission

The CCER's mission is to engage, mentor, and foster relationships with community representatives in order to meaningfully participate in community-involved research. Through the work of CCER we aim to develop intellectual partners and potential participants in research. Dr. Brenner brings experience fostering community participation in research, including long-term community – academic research partnerships, and in culturally competent translation of research results to communities. Dr. Horowitz has extensive experience in creating community-based participatory research models and health disparities research particularly pertaining to diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and chronic diseases.

The Vision

This process is a core element of any research effort involving communities. It requires academic and community members to learn from and collaborate with each other across the research continuum — selecting the research questions, designing studies and methods, evaluating results, and communication of translation of results back to communities and into changes in health behaviors, practices, and policies.

Directors: Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH and Maida Galvez, MD, MPH

For questions regarding community-based and/or engaged research, community outreach, partnership development and protocols, please email Crispin Goytia, Program Manager, at

The Mission

The Center for Training and Education (CTE) commits to developing and implementing mentoring and educational programs for researchers, trainees, and community partners. It is our mission to help them gain skills as effective, innovative investigators and partners and to promote community-involved research activities that address health inequities in the Harlem and Queens communities.

The Vision

By training and mentoring investigators at Icahn School of Medicine and in the Queens Health Network, CCARP seeks to enhance The Mount Sinai Centers for Clinical and Translational Sciences' capacity to conduct translational and community-related research. This vision also would entail conducting community-involved research and fostering partnerships with community members and leaders who will be intellectual partners and potential participants in research.

In collaboration with the CCARP Partnership Board, the Data Resource Center, Community Engagement Center, and Icahn School of Medicine Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, our effort will be to increase the diversity of the research workforce. This effort will include fostering the recruitment and mentoring of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty and trainees and encourage their development as independent clinical and translational researchers with the capacity to be successful partners in community-based research.

For questions regarding training and education programs for faculty or community members and diversity supplements, please email Crispin Goytia. 

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) provides support to Mount Sinai scientists, staff, students, and local community partners to improve their ability to develop community-involved research projects, conduct community-involved research, and effectively use the many resources available. We offer help with any research-related question, from data collection to best practices in community-involved study recruitment and retention. CCARP offers career development services.

We help develop research ideas that may focus on specific projects, including the preparation of grants, or provide services related more generally to professional or career development goals. We can assist with grant applications and applications for NIH training awards such as the K and T awards. Additionally, we offer support to ensure inclusive participation that encourages mutual respect of values, strategies, and actions for authentic partnership between clinicians and community members to addressing issues affecting the well-being of the Harlem and Queens communities.

A CCARP Consultation can:

  • Connect you with experts in the fields of data management, health policy, community-engaged research, ethical issues, multicultural and community affairs, and research design, when appropriate.
  • Provide information and support on the best practices in a range of community-involved research methods, including community-based participatory research.
  • With the help of a partnership board of community and academic leaders, help generate novel research ideas and advise researchers and community members on how to further their aims.
  • Serve as a conduit for an academic to request to present a project to the Partnership Board to gain further insight.
  • Suggest activities to promote formal and informal interactions between community members and academic researchers that increase the value of your project to the community and your knowledge of your community; this includes meetings, conferences, and tours both of East Harlem (primarily for researchers) and Mount Sinai for a day of learning about research (primarily for community members).
  • Connect you with both academic and community experts in community-engaged research, health disparities, and/or community outreach and education. Provide feedback regarding the development of research projects and/or protocols.
  • Connect you to programs to foster the career development of researchers underrepresented in academic medicine.

For Mount Sinai Investigators

If you are a Mount Sinai faculty member requesting a consultation, you may contact Crispin Goytia. Please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Title/degree (If applicable)
  • Mount Sinai or QHN Department/Division (If applicable)
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number (Include area code/extension)
  • E-mail address
  • Attach CV (if applicable)
  • Nature of request

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) provides support to researchers interested in learning how to engage communities or populations in the research process.

When requesting a consultation, please keep the following questions in mind:

  • Are you requesting a consultation on an existing project?

If yes, please provide details about project:

  • Research project title
  • Research project award (grant) number
  • Grant type (e.g., RO1, K12, etc.)
  • Public or private funding (name of funder and time period)
  • Name of specific funding institute
  • Grants and contracts number
  • Are you the principal investigator? If so, please provide your NIH eRA commons name. If not, please provide the name of the PI and the PI's eRA commons name.
  • Describe specifics of request

If no, are you requesting a consultation to develop an idea that will involve working with specific communities or populations? If so, please describe what your research question or idea is.

  • Are you requesting a consultation regarding career development and mentoring?
  • Are you requesting a consultation regarding statistical support or database access?
  • Describe specifics of request.
  • Please attach the Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved protocol (if applicable) and all advertisements, study fliers, and consent forms (if applicable).


For Community Members

If you are a Community Member or Organization requesting a consultation:

Please provide the following information:

  • Name of Person to Contact
  • Title/Degree (If applicable)
  • Name of Organization
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number (Include area code/extension)
  • E-mail Address
  • Nature of Request:

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) provides support to community members and organizations interested in learning how to partner with academic and clinical researchers in order to achieve goals related to health disparities, program evaluation, funding, and education.

When requesting a consultation, please keep the following questions in mind:

  • Are you requesting a consultation for a new project idea?
  • Are you in need of partnering with a Mount Sinai Faculty member?

If Yes, please provide details about project

  • Project title
  • Project award or grant number (if applicable)
  • Public or private funding (name of funder and time period)
  • Name of specific funding institute
  • Are you requesting support for program evaluation/statistical analysis/Institutional Review Board Application/other
  • Describe specifics of request
  • Please attach your grant proposal and Institutional Review Board protocol if applicable.

If no, are you requesting a consultation to develop an idea that will involve working with specific communities or populations? If yes, please describe what your research question or idea is.

If no, are you requesting a consultation to develop an idea that will involve working with specific communities or populations? If yes, please describe what your research question or idea is.

  • Are you interested in partnering with an academic researcher? Yes/No
  • Other: Describe specifics of request.

December 2013 and Ongoing
Project: "Behind the Scenes" Nursing Research Tours Community Partners: NYC high schools Academic Partners: Maria Vezina, RN, EdD

A 2 hour tour of nursing at Mount Sinai that focuses on how nurses play an integral part in research, specifically the application of scientific findings to clinical practice also known as "translational research." Students meet nurses doing research projects and visit various nursing units.

June 2013
Project: Genomic Medicine Pilot for Hypertension and Kidney Disease in Primary Care
Community Partners: Members of CONDUITS Partnership Board and Institute for Family Health
Academic Partners: Dr. Erwin Bottinger and Dr. Carol Horowitz

May 2013
Project: "Behind the Scenes" research tour of Minerva the Supercomputer
Community Partner: Global Kids, Inc.
Academic Partners: Patricia Kovatch and staff of Research Computing
Tour provided to high school students through the collaboration with Global Kids, Inc. and the staff and faculty of Minerva Supercomputer. Students attended a 2 hour presentation and tour of history of research computing and Minerva.

January 2013
Research Capacity Building for Community Based Organizations Course
A 12 session research training course offered to community-based organizations in New York City interested in more effectively conducting their own research activities initiate and/or becoming better equipped to collaborate with academic researchers on joint projects.

May 2012
Course on Secondary Data Analysis for Faculty
Instructors: Emma Benn, DrPH and Lawrence Kleinman, MD, MPH

September 2010
Project: Effects of detainment or threat of detainment on the health status and health seeking behaviors of HIV+ African immigrants.
Community Partner: African Services Committee, Amanda Lugg
Academic Partner: Dr. Carol Horowitz


Shemesh E, Kleinman LC, Howell EA. Racial and economic disparities in transplant outcomes: the not-so-hidden morbidities. Liver Transpl. 2014. Jan: 20(1):4-6.

Philips LA, Diefenbach MA, Kronish IM, Negrom RM, Horowitz CR. The Necessity-Concerns Framework: A Multidimensional Theory Benefits from Multidimensional Analysis. Ann Behav Med. 2014.

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Philips LA, Tuhrim S, Kronish IM, Horowitz CR. Stroke survivors' endorsement of a "stress belief model" of stroke prevention predicts control of risk factors for recurrent stroke. Psychol Health Med. 2013. Nov 13.

Hansen deGR E, Innes KE. The benefits of yoga for adults with type 2 diabetes: A review of the evidence and call for a collaborative, integrated research initiative. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. 2013 23(2): 71-83.

Ramos MA, Fox A, Simon EP, Horowitz CR. A Community-Academic partnership to address racial/ethnic health disparities through grant-making. Public Health Rep. 2013 Nov: 128 Suppl 3:61-67.

Goldfinger Jz, Edmondson D. Kronish IM, Fei K, Balakrishnan R, Tuhrim S, Horowitz CR. Correlates of Post-traumatic stress disorder in stroke survivors. J Stroke Cerebrovascular Dis. 2013 393-395. 

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Shepard PM, Idehen A, Casado J, Freeman E, Horowitz C, Seifer S, Strelnick H. Amplifying the community voice in community-academic partnerships: a summary of and commentary on a thematic issue. Progress of Community Health Partnerships. 2013 7(3):231-233.

Fox AM, Horowitz CR. Best practices in policy approaches to obesity prevention. Journal of Health Care Poor and Underserved, 2013; 24: 168-192. PMID: 23727973.

Hartzler A, McCarty CA, Rasmussen LV, Williams MS, Brilliant M, Bowton EA, Clayton EW, Faucett WA, Ferryman K, Field JR, Fullerton SM, Horowitz CR, Koenig BA, McCormick JB, Ralston JD, Sanderson SC, Smith ME, Trinidad SB. Stakeholder engagement: a key component of intergrating genomic information into electronic health records. Genetic Medicine. 2013 15(10):792-781.

Breland JY, McAndrew LM, Gross RL, Leventhal H, Horowitz CR. Challenges to health eating for people with diabetes in a low-income, minority neighborhood. Diabetes Care.2013 23(10): 2895-2901.

Sanderson SC, Diefenbach MA, Zinberg R, Horowitz CR, Smirnoff M, Zweig M, Streicher S, Jabs EW, Richardson LD. Willingness to participate in genomics research and desire for personal results among underrepresented minority patients: a structured interview study. Journal of Community Genetic. 2013 4(4):469-482.

Martin A, Horowitz C, Balbierz A, Howell EA. Views of women and clinicians on postpartum preparation and recovery. Maternal Child Health J. 2013.

Edmondson D, Horowitz CR, Goldfinger JZ, Fei K, Kronish IM. Concerns about medications mediate the association of posttraumatic stress disorder with adherence to medication in stroke survivors. Br J Health Psychol. 2013. 18(4):799-813.

Kronish IM, Difenbach MA, Edmondson DE, Philips LA, Fei K, Horowitz CR. Key barriers to medication adherence in survivors of strokes and transient ischemic attacks. J General Internal Medicine. 2013. 28(5): 675-682.

Han H, Perumalswami PV, Kleinman LC, Jandorf LH. Voices of Multi-ethnic Providers in NYC: Health Care for Viral Hepatitis to Prevent Hepatocellular Carcinoma. J Cancer Educ. 2013 Nov 5.

Norton EC, Miller MM, Wang J, Coyne K, Kleinman LC. Response about rank reversal. Value Health. 2013 Mar-Apr;16(2):451-2

Kleinman LC, Dougherty D. Assessing quality improvement in health care: theory for practice. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131 Suppl 1:S110-9

Kleinman LC, Runyan DK. Moving the discourse on quality in pediatrics: recent contributions of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation clinical scholars. Pediatrics. 2013 Mar;131 Suppl 1:S1-4.

Galvez MP, McGovern K, Knuff C, Resnick S, Brenner B, Teitelbaum SL, Wolff MS. Associations between neighborhood resources and physical activity in inner-city minority children. Acad Pediatr. 2013 Jan-Feb;13(1):20-6.

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