Community Engagement and ResearchAn Integrated Initiative for Underserved Communities

An innovative and extensive Community Engagement and Outreach Program, designed to access New York City's large ethnically, racially and age-diverse patient populations is led by Cornell University Cooperative Extension-NYC (CUCE-NYC). CUCE-NYC has been in existence for over fifty years and is the "hub" of community participation in research and education throughout all boroughs in NYC. As a partner in the CTSC, CUCE plays a major role in identifying and addressing the special health needs of New Yorkers and their involvement in clinical and translational research.

The principal objective of the program is to improve the health status of the community through research by creating a framework (integrating research, outreach and education) for productive community collaboration in biomedical research. Inclusion of culturally and racially diverse groups will ensure their necessary representation in the development of treatments that will benefit New York City's diverse populations and lead to implementation of best clinical practices.