The New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING)

Using a Social-Ecological Framework to Support Community Health Research

This study will collaboratively combine the tools and resources of the Urban Health Plan network with the Albert Einstein academic health centers in order to enhance health-related research and promote health within the community.

Participating Practices
Urban Health Plan (UHP)
Montefiore Medical Center - Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Principal Investigator
Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD RN

Study Overview
This study will develop, implement, and evaluate a creative and sustainable infrastructure to promote and enable research in the Bronx between Urban Health Plan (UHP), a network of federally-qualified health centers in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the United States, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein) experts in clinical, translational, and community research. This goal will be reached over three years through the following Specific Aims. Aim 1 is to complete an in depth evaluation of the community’s capacity and priorities for research employing a community-based participatory approach. The Einstein Diabetes Research and Training Center research faculty will work with UHP partners to build trust, collaboration, and lasting partnerships to complete development of the infrastructure to meet their needs. Steps will also be taken to address the priority health concerns of the community. Aim 2 is to implement this infrastructure and to train selected personnel at UHP in high-quality management, and administration of surveys. This aim will include collaboration between UHP and Einstein to evaluate existing UHP funded programs and to support UHP clinicians in developing their own proposals for funding. Aim 3 is to evaluate the partnership and infrastructure for dissemination to three Bronx sites in the Einstein-sponsored New York City Research and Implementation Networking Group. Planning for sustainability will be a priority in each aim and each year of this project.

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