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 to ensure community values and cultures mutual respect throughout the research process. To achieve our goals, we work together with community and academic members to create and support a unique environment where groups with diverse backgrounds and expertise learn from one another.

ConduITS community engagement chart

We work closely with Mount Sinai faculty, residents in training, and students who are either 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 and lasting research partnerships with the goal of receiving outside funding, conducting and disseminating effective research, and translating study results into action and policy change. CCARP strives to provide access to information and data that facilitate development of new projects. To learn more contact Crispin Goytia at

We aim 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 stakeholder partners in a way that meets the needs of all parties.

The Mission

Our mission is to engage, mentor, and foster relationships with community stakeholders in order to meaningfully participate in research. Through our work we develop intellectual partners and potential participants in research. Drs. Horowitz and Galvez have extensive experience in creating engagement research models and health disparities research pertaining to a variety of areas, such as genomics, cancer, environmental health, chronic and rare diseases to name a few.

The Vision

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

Our Team

Headshot of Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH

Director: Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH







Headshot of Maida P. Galvez, MD, MPH

Co-Director: Maida P. Galvez, MD, MPH








Headshot of Crispin Goytia

Program Manager: Crispin Goytia








Headshot of Tatiana SabinSenior Clinical Research Coordinator: Tatiana Sabin








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

Research Accelerator Model 

We offer guidance on using our accelerator model to create a sustainable accelerator in an area of interest at your research institution.  We can help with any research-related question, from data collection to best practices in community-engaged study recruitment and retention.

Research Accelerator Model

ConduITS engagement model

Our research to action and outcomes-driven engagement model is an innovative and efficient collaborative team science framework. We bring together key voices across the continuum of translational science to foster collaboration and efficient, effective responses to research opportunities and critical needs in health. This readied catalytic framework fosters communication, collaboration, a shared vision, rapid generation of novel solutions and transformative translational research across scientific and non-scientific divides. By breaking down silos, collaborations form that enhance community integration into academia and vice versa, with leaving their comfort zones to contribute in new areas and learn new skills. Thus, teams are ever expanding in their expertise, capacity and portfolios.

Some of our accelerators:

Name, date established, members

Formation & purpose


Metrics & Dissemination

Genomics (2011):Clinicians, Patients, Advocates, CBOs, Funder, FQHCs, Health Sys Leader

Workgroup of CTSA board broke off to diversify genomics researchers & ensure studies have engagement & diversity focus.

New grant, new ideas (gene-environment study), new discoveries (gene-obesity connection), Stakeholder leadership (national engagement roles), inspired new genomics engagement at other hubs and at NHGRI

15 publications

6 grants: $24m

Spread genomic engagement.

Environmental Health- EH (2012): Clinician, advocate, CBOs, EPA, DOH, Schools, EH legal, EH design lab

Began as response to RFA, now promotes translation of discoveries for communities, programs & policies that prevent & reduce exposures

Effective messaging and communication to communities. EH inner-city teachers training program, citizen science training, EH clinical screener, EH app to track exposures for DOH, large conferences hosted

16 publications

11 grants: $19m

Digital Health (2013): Sinai AppLab, CBOs, Health Sys. leaders, patients, clinicians, entrepreneurs, DOH

Developers wanted assistance making health apps for diverse populations & engaging diverse individuals in app design & review

Learning opportunities for digital health, digital medicine research toolkit, patients reviewing apps, App Chat, Sinai Health Hackathon, new organization NODE Health Org (30+ Health Systems)

15 publications

25 grants: $34m

12 apps developed & in use,

Diabetes (2015); 6 centers in NYC, clinicians, patients, advocates, Health Sys. leaders, policymakers

Formed within PCORNET-CDRN partnership when CDRN-wide engagement failing, to focus engagement in one specific area.

Co-lead/founded CDC-PCORI natural experiments in diabetes network engagement group; pioneering big data- engagement work. Developed & internationally disseminated peer led diabetes prevention program

6 publications

2 grants: $5m

Spread accelerator model

Social Determinants

(2014): Health system leaders, clinicians, analysts, entrepreneurs, CBOs

Health system leader initiated- to accurately measure and use SDoH data, have it in EHRs, work with CBOs to improve healthcare and health.

Provider training, algorithms to include SDoH in EHR, social work intake redone to include SDoH, studies comparing effectiveness of GIS vs pt survey to screen for social vulnerability.

New algorithms, programs

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) Consultation group

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) Consultation group

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) Consultation group

The Centers for Community and Academic Research Partnerships (CCARP) Consultation

CCARP can also help develop research ideas that may focus on specific projects, or provide services related to career development goals, as well as assist with preparation and applications for grants and NIH training awards.

CCARP’s goal is to ensure inclusive participation that encourages mutual respect of values, strategies, and actions for authentic partnership between clinicians and community partners to addressing issues affecting the well-being of all communities. We do this by providing consultations to Mount Sinai scientists, staff, students, and local and national partners to improve their ability to develop and conduct community-engaged research, and effectively utilize resources.

A CCARP Consultation can:

  • Connect you with experts in the fields of data management, population health, community-engaged research, ethical issues, and research design.
  • Provide information and support on best practices in a range of community-engaged research methods, including community-based participatory research.
  • With the creation of accelerator research groups we can help generate novel research ideas and advise researchers and community partners on how to further their research goals.
  • Serve as a conduit for researchers to request to present a project to stakeholders to gain further insight.
  • Suggest activities to promote formal and informal interactions between community partners and academic researchers that increase the value of your project and your understanding of communities.
  • 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.
  • Advise on how to develop and maintain a subject specific accelerator at your institution.

How to Request Consultations

Send an email request with the information required below for either Faculty/Investigators or Community Stakeholders to Crispin Goytia at . NOTE: you must include all the information below to receive a response.

For Faculty/Investigators

Please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Department/Affiliation
  • E-mail address
  • 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 a new or existing project?

If it is an existing project, please provide the following information:

  • Research project title
  • Research project award (grant) number
  • Grant type (e.g., RO1, K12, etc.)
  • Name of Funder and grant period
  • Grants and contracts number
  • Describe specifics of request

If not, are you requesting a consultation to develop an idea that will involve working with specific communities or populations? Please describe what your research question or idea is.

  • Are you requesting a consultation regarding career development and mentoring?
  • Describe specifics of request.

For Community Stakeholders

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

  • Requests from stakeholders members should be made to Crispin Goytia at

Please provide the following information:

  • Name of Person to Contact
  • Name of Organization
  • Email address, mailing Address and phone Number
  • Nature of Request:

We provide support to community partners 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 or existing project idea?
  • Are you in need of partnering with a faculty member?

If so, please provide details about project

  • Research project title
  • Name of Funder and grant period
  • Grants and contracts number
  • Describe specifics of request

If not, are you requesting a consultation to develop an idea that will involve working with specific communities or populations? Please describe what your research question or idea is.

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

Hauser, D., Obeng, A.O., Fei, K., Ramos, M.A. & Horowitz, C.R. Views of primary care providers on testing patients for genetic risks for common chronic diseases. Health Affairs37 793-800 (2018).

Galvez, M.P., Collins, G., Amler, R.W., Dozor, A., Kaplan-Liss, E., Forman, J., Laraque-Arena, D., Lawrence, R., Miller, R., Miller, K., Sheffield, P., Zajac, L., & Landrigan, P.J. Building New York State Centers of Excellence in Children's Environmental Health: A Replicable Model in a Time of Uncertainty. Am J Public Health, 29 (2018). PMID: 30496005.

Sheon, A.R., Van Winkle, B., Solad, Y., & Atreja, A. An Algorithm for Digital Medicine Testing: A NODE. Health Perspective Intended to Help Emerging Technology Companies and Healthcare Systems Navigate the Trial and Testing Period prior to Full-Scale Adoption. Digital Biomarkers, 2 139-54 (2018).

Kaplan, B., Ferryman, K., Robinson, M., Richardson, L.D., Caddle-Steele, C., Goytia, C., Hauser, D., Chisolm, G., Esmond, W.A., Gertner, M., & Horowitz, C.R.Culture of understanding: Reflections and suggestions from a genomics research community board. Prog Community Health Partnersh, 11 161-165 (2017) PMC5830277.

Vedanthan ,R., Kamano, J.H., Lee, H., Andama, B., Bloomfield, G.S., DeLong, A.K., Edelman, D., Finkelstein, E.A., Hogan, J.W., Horowitz, C.R., Manyara, S., Menya, D., Naanyu, V., Pastakia, S.D., Valente, T.W., Wanyonyi, C.C., & Fuster, V. Bridging Income Generation with Group Integrated Care for Cardiovascular risk reduction: Rationale and design of the BIGPIC study. Am Heart J, 188 (2017) PMC5491075.

Horowitz, C.R., Ferryman, K., Negron, R., Sabin, T., Rodriguez, M., Zinberg, R.F., Böttinger, E. &  Robinson, M. Race, genomics and chronic disease: What patients with African ancestry have to say. Journal of health care for the poor and underserved28 248 (2017).

Horowitz, C.R., Shameer, K., Gabrilove, J., Atreja, A., Shepard, P., Goytia, C.N., Smith, G.W., Dudley, J., Manning, R., Bickell, N.A., & Galvez , M.P. Accelerators: Sparking innovation and transdisciplinary team science in disparities research.J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 14 225 (2017) PMC5369061.

Galvez, M.P. & Balk, S. Environmental Risks to Children: Prioritizing Health Messages in Pediatric Practice. Peds in Review, 38 2630-279 (2017). 

Sperber, N.R., Carpenter, J.S., Cavallari, L.H., Damschroder, L.J., Cooper-DeHoff, R.M., Denny, J.C., Ginsburg, G.S., Guan, Y., Horowitz, C.R., Levy, K.D. and Levy, M.A., 2017. Challenges and strategies for implementing genomic services in diverse settings: experiences from the Implementing GeNomics In pracTicE (IGNITE) network. BMC medical genomics, 1035 (2017).