Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health
The Hunter College Center for Community and Urban Health (formerly the Hunter College Center on AIDS, Drugs and Community Health) was founded in 1988 to respond to the growing public health crises that were devastating New York City’s low-income communities, especially HIV/AIDS and problematic substance use. The Center has since then expanded its mission in response to other health concerns of our client population, their immediate family and/or friends, and the community at large.
The Center conducts scientifically-sound, evidence-based research, training and program development in the field of urban public health. The Center prides itself on co-designing and evaluating health interventions with members of client, service and scientific communities to improve the lives of underserved populations. We work with Hunter College faculty who conduct research that furthers the health of our constituent communities; we also work with faculty from other academic institutions and with community-based organizations throughout the greater metropolitan area.
The Center has longstanding collaborative relationships with many New York City departments, and has strong ties to numerous local, state and national research centers. We are affiliated with the National Institute of Mental Health Consortium of Researchers on Families and HIV, as well as with the New York City Consortium of Research Centers whose focus is HIV. In Summer 2008, the Center was designated as a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
Center staff represent a broad range of academic disciplines, and work closely with individuals from many different backgrounds. As such, we are committed to assisting academic and community-based researchers to develop scientifically sound, evidence-based research, training and programs.
The Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.