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CUNY Faculty Receive a Grant to Evaluate Community Health Workers in East Harlem

Dr. Lorna Thorpe, professor and Dr. Ayman El-Mohandes, dean and professor at the CUNY School of Public Health received a $499,000 grant from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to lead a second year of an evaluation of a major community health worker initiative to improve the health outcomes of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents in Harlem by linking residents with community health workers. Community health workers are community members serving as frontline health workers who have a unique understanding of the norms, values, and strengths of the communities in which they work. In February, a team of community health workers began working with residents in five NYC public housing developments to assist residents with hypertension, diabetes, and asthma help to manage these chronic diseases. The longitudinal evaluation involves representative community surveys, focus groups, longitudinal data collection with biomeasures, and data linkage to administrative datasets.

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[Photo: Dr. Lorna Thorpe (left) and  Dean Ayman El-Mohandes]