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About the Center

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 AIDS (the advanced stage of HIV infection) and problematic substance use. However, many members of our client population, or their immediate family and/or friends, have multiple co-occurring conditions, of which the above are only two. In fact, in 2004, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene published a policy paper, “Take Care New York: A Policy for a Healthier New York City,” which identified ten priority areas for health interventions. Therefore, in 2005, the Center changed its name in order to reflect these health realities, with the expectation that still other health conditions are likely to emerge in the future as community concerns.

The Center works 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. 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.

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