Partnership and Projects Spotlights

At the Institute for Health Equity Research, we engage in partnerships and projects aligned with our mission. Here we spotlight current partnerships and projects making a difference in the lives of at-risk individuals and groups.

Community Spotlight: NYCEAL’s Mini Grants Program

The New York Community Engagement Alliance (NYCEAL), an NIH-funded partnership between the Institute for Health Equity Research, NYU Langone Health, and the Institute for Family Health, provided 11 community-based organizations with grant funding to support innovative community engagement projects focused on COVID-19. With community needs and strengths always in mind, partners across the NYCEAL network develop and disseminate resources, host events and trainings, promote inclusion and diversity in COVID-19 clinical trials, and much more to reduce COVID-19-related health inequities. Access the list of winners here.

The partnership engages communities through: 

  • Basketball tournaments with engaging half-time activities pertinent to COVID-19 in Harlem
  • COVID-19 prevention activities at environmental stewardship events, such as kayak and paddle cleanups in the Rockaways
  • Community storytelling in Bangla, Hindi, Nepali, Spanish, and Urdu, to encourage vaccine and booster uptake

Project Spotlight: Improving Health Care with FAIR Documentation

IHER leaders, Carol Horowitz, MD, MPH, and Lynne Richardson, MD, are collaborating with the Mount Sinai Health System Quality Leadership Council to eliminate the use of negative descriptors and stigmatizing language in electronic patient records. The Factual, Affirming, Informative and Respectful (FAIR) Documentation Workgroup will develop standards for documentation and educational materials for providers and staff. Patient and caregiver representatives will be engaged in every aspect of this important initiative.