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Our Mission and Approach

The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.

An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of our professional staff, diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health.

Health Policy

NYAM's Health Policy team brings together researchers, policymakers, community members, and key stakeholders to think strategically and creatively about the root causes of health outcomes and to identify and develop evidence to influence urban health policies that reduce health disparities, encourage the spread of best practices, and raise awareness of how economic, social, and other policies and practices influence the broad determinants of community health. Current priorities include promoting active aging, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and eliminating disparities in specific populations.
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Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health

The Center for Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health is a multidisciplinary research unit devoted to the study of individual and team cognition in complex clinical environments, clinical workflow and errors, human computer interaction, and medical decision making. We are also actively involved in studies of cognitive foundations of health-related behaviors such as smoking and alcohol use and the mechanisms to affect behavior change in at-risk populations. We draw on theories from cognitive and social sciences, complexity science, and linguistics and computer science to further our understanding in our areas of research. Our research is guided by the overarching goals of developing new approaches and best practices for safe, cost-effective, and efficient clinical environments and towards creating a nurturing environment for affecting positive behavior change in at-risk populations. Toward this end, we focus on the cognitive characteristics involved in changing behavior, learning, and in the design of decision-support and other health information technologies for safe use in clinical environments.
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Office of School Health Programs

The Office of School Health Programs (OSHP) provides a wide range of comprehensive health education programs to New York City public school teachers, administrators, school staff and nurses, parents, and students. The goal of these programs is to help students develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge needed to lead and maintain healthy lives. OSHP has also supports the role of schools as essential community health resources, works with community partners to integrate health promotion into community-based organizations, and builds bridges and pathways to medicine and the health professions.
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Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health

The Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health promotes the scholarly and public understanding of the history of medicine and public health and the history of the book. Founded in 2012, the Center for History incorporates NYAM’s library and special collections and Conservation Laboratory. The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room houses a significant portion of the rare book collection, in addition to many secondary sources related to the history of medicine and the history of books and printing. The New York Academy of Medicine library was founded in 1847, and now contains over 550,000 volumes. Our collections have been open to the public since 1878, part of NYAM's commitment to enhancing the health of the public and to promoting scholarship in the history of medicine and public health. Learn More »

Center for Evaluation and Applied Research

The Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) at NYAM works with a broad range of organizations to investigate and assess initiatives that seek to improve the health and well-being of populations in New York City, New York State, and across the country. With governmental and foundation funding, the Center’s research team uses qualitative and quantitative research methods to evaluate programs implemented through community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, schools, departments of health, faith-based organizations, and other not-for-profit institutions. The Center’s staff is presently working on projects related to issues including HIV/AIDS prevention and care, substance abuse treatment, aging, health promotion and disease prevention, and community-based approaches to reducing health disparities.
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Center for Health Innovation

The Center for Health Innovation is a new research center that will enable NYAM to be a strategic partner for organizations interested in developing and implementing innovative responses to the challenges of health care reform to achieve the Triple Aim of reducing cost, increasing quality, and improving population health. The center will provide research, analytic, and evaluation support to the work of providers, payers, and plans to create systems that work for the health of patients and communities. The center seeks to improve population health by developing, testing, and evaluating financially sustainable innovations in health care delivery systems that recognize the multiple behavioral, social, and economic determinants of health.
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars

NYAM is the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal is to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.
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NYAM's 21st Annual Gala

2013 Annual Report

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