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Message From the Director

Welcome to City University of New York Institute for Health Equity (CIHE)!

CIHE is a CUNY-wide institute that coordinates research, teaching, service and community collaboration using data analytics to eliminate health inequalities and advance the science of health disparities. CIHE’s focus is on the social determinants that create disparities, applied research, community capacity building research and projects, and in the translation of evidence-based programs, interventions and policies in community-settings.

In the Fall of 2020 we embarked in a visioning process to evaluate and define the Institute’s mission and outline CIHE’s first-ever Strategic Plan – 2021-2026. This is a participatory process with input from: a distinguished group of affiliated faculty from across CUNY, community partners, Lehman College’s leadership, and CIHE advisory board members.

The CIHE Strategic Plan will focus on (1) promoting and supporting research that advances the science health disparities research and health equity; (2) creating training and mentoring opportunities in topics related to health disparities and health equity among CUNY’s research scientists at all stages of career development; and (3) supporting student-related activities that promote health equity and inclusion.

I am excited and honored to lead CIHE activities and endeavors. I bring to CIHE a decade long career of holding leadership positions in academic, federal and international organizations, as well as an established research portfolio in health policy and health economics.

CIHE’s success is the result of the interaction between CUNY’s leadership, faculty and students that have partnered with community organizations and champions that seek to reduce the inequalities in the City of New York, the State, and beyond.

Maria Isabel Roldós, DrPH
Director, CUNY Institute of Health Equity
Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences