As an institution, we are particularly proud of the place we occupy in one of the most diverse urban settings in the nation. We are located in Washington Heights, a community that is animated by residents from diverse backgrounds, including the Dominican Republic and a variety of Central and South American nations. We are within a ten-minute drive of Harlem, one of the nation’s most illustrious centers of African American culture and arts.
As a center of higher learning in a majority minority urban center, we strive to practice the kind of public health that we preach and promote in our classrooms, our research, and our programmatic interventions. We are surrounded by an enormous range of public health challenges, and we are committed to connecting our work to the needs of our community.