Disease Risks in Cities

Living in an urban environment may have a distinct impact on disease risk, as well as provide unique opportunities for interventions. Columbia Urban Heath researchers are exploring a breadth of health issues in order to understand disease mechanisms in an urban context.

ENDOTOXIN, OBESITY, AND ASTHMA IN NEW YORK CITY HEAD START

This study follows children in Head Start programs for at least 2 years to identify factors associated with asthma prevalence, persistence, incidence, and severity.

Faculty/Program: Judith Jacobson

Cities: New York
 


FIRST STEPS: EVALUATION OF NEW YORK STATE CHILDHOOD OBESITY PREVENTION POLICIES

 The evaluation assessed the uptake and response among WIC staff and participants to the innovative WIC program elements for preventing obesity and identified positive interactions between WIC participation and participation in other state programs and community healthy living resources for children. More information

Faculty/Program: Mary Ann Chiasson

Cities: New York
 


AN EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE IMPACT OF SOCIOECONOMIC CONTEXT ON BIOLOGICAL MARKERS OF AGING, HEALTH, AND MORTALITY

This multicenter randomized controlled trial (RCT) examines the health and survival outcomes associated with an extension of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for lower-income Americans without dependent children. More information

Faculty/Program: Peter Muennig

Cities: Atlanta, New York
 


Legacy Girls Study

The LEGACY Girls Study is a longitudinal cohort study following girls and their parent or guardian, contacting them every six months for information on progression of growth and development, diet and lifestyle factors. More information

Professors: Mary Beth TerryLauren Houghton

Cities: San Francisco, New York, Ontario, Philadelphia
 


Predictors of Impulsive Behaviors among Puerto-Rican Youth

This study collects information about gambling behaviors and PG in a high-risk population sampled from NYC and San Juan, Puerto Rico. More information

Professors: Silvia Martins

Cities: New York, San Juan
 


Regional Network for Mental Health Research in Latin America

Within Latin American cities people with severe mental disorders are a vulnerable population. The overriding objective of our Hub for Latin America (HLA) is to improve the condition of this vulnerable group through an integrated system of primary care and secondary mental health services tailored to the distinctive context of the urban areas of Latin America. More information

Professors: Ezra Susser

Cities: Santiago, Chile; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Neuquen, Argentina; Medellin, Colombia
 


A Multi-Site Multi-Setting RCT of Integrated HIV Prevention and HCV Care for Persons Who Inject Drugs (PWID)

This study looks at the impact of integrating PrEP and HCV treatment. More information

Professors: Lisa Rosen-Metsch

Cities: Montreal, Miami