The NYU Health Prevention Research Center is a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) network of Prevention Research Centers, which brings academic researchers, community members, and public health agencies together to conduct prevention research and promote the wide use of practices proven to promote good health.
The mission of the NYU Health Prevention Research Center is to implement a community health worker (CHW) model approach in diverse communities to build community capacity & leadership for cardiovascular health promotion and disease prevention.
The following are goals of the NYU Health Prevention Research Center:
Create an integrated campus-community infrastructure
Develop and implement training programs that build capacity to conduct community based health promotion research and activities
Evaluate the use of community health workers to promote health in Asian American communities
Develop and influence health policy
The NYU Health Prevention Research Center’s key research focus is to test the efficacy and feasibility of CHW interventions in building community capacity and leadership for health promotion and disease prevention.
Currently the core research project being conducted by the NYU Health Prevention Research Center is Project RICE (Reaching Immigrants through Community Empowerment), which will develop, implement, and test a CHW program designed to promote diabetes prevention among Korean Americans and South Asian Americans in New York City.