The CIRGH works closely with other CUNY SPH Centers and Institutes to advance tools, case studies, rapid assessments and other methodological approaches in program design and management, public health institutional and organizational capacity strengthening, and advocacy and policy analysis related to health equity and justice. Program approaches that can distinguish both the challenges and opportunities in transnational health, such as in our own national experience, include:

  • How immigrant-serving organizations act not only as cost effective social service safety nets for new immigrants and refugees, but as hubs for new community partnerships and economic development in the revitalization of urban areas.
  • How the face of the American health care industry has changed with increasing numbers of new and first generation immigrants serving in leadership and service roles — and how that has contributed to making the US health industry the most diverse in the world, creating more jobs in the US than any other sector while continuing to experience significant year-over-year increases in export demand for goods and services.
HEARD Project

The Health Evaluation and Applied Research Development (HEARD) Project under the USAID Health Research Program 2.0 undertakes efforts that strengthen the research capacities of university and research institutions in low- and middle-income countries to accelerate the achievement of USAID health and development goals envisioned within the Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths (EPCMD), AIDS-Free Generation (AFG), and Protecting Communities from Infectious Diseases (PCID).

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Study Group

A Mental Health and Substance Abuse Study Group is under active development to advance best practices for service outreach to immigrant and refugee communities from Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Additional ongoing or under-development projects include:
  • implementation research on procurement and supply management of essential health commodities in low-income settings
  • rapid evidence assessment and data liberation to inform urban health programming
  • development of Distance Learning training strategies for improved health informatics use