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Mission Statement

The New York Academy of Medicine


Founded in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit institution whose mission is to enhance the health of the public. Our research, education, community engagement, and evidence-based advocacy seeks to improve the health of people living in cities, especially disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. The impact of these initiatives reaches into neighborhoods in New York City, across the country, and around the world. We work with community based organizations, academic institutions, corporations, the media, and government to catalyze and contribute to changes that promote health.


NYAM Descriptions

These are the official descriptions of NYAM . Please use them in all publications and correspondence that describes the institution.

  • The Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies - The Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies (CUES) is a rigorous research unit that uses epidemiology and social sciences to identify opportunities to improve the health of urban populations and reduce health disparities. To accomplish this, CUES builds basic public health science, works with communities to translate those findings into interventions, and then develops and evaluates those interventions that have the greatest potential for scale-up and sustainability. We also work to translate our evidence into appropriate policy action.
  • Division of Health Policy - The Division of Health Policy brings together researchers, policymakers, community members, and key stakeholders to think strategically and creatively about the root causes of health outcomes and to identify and develop evidence to influence urban health policies that reduce health disparities, permit the spread of best practices, and raise awareness of how economic, social, and other policies and practices influence the broad determinants of community health. Current priorities include promoting active aging, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and eliminating disparities in specific populations.
  • Division of Public Health - The Division of Public Health explores how complex problems affecting people's health and well-being are understood and addressed. Working with communities across the country, the Division's Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health identifies the various kinds of knowledge that problem solvers need and develops practical tools to enable diverse people to contribute and use their knowledge. The Center's work in emergency preparedness-Redefining Readiness-documented that policymakers and planners need to learn from the public in order to protect the public, leading to the development of new engagement practices to make that possible. The Center's work in Pathways to Collaboration is making it possible for government officials, practitioners and funders to give people who have been excluded from community decision making an influential voice about issues that affect their lives.
  • Office of School Health Programs - Since 1979, the Office of School Health Programs (OSHP) has developed and delivered a wide array of health education initiatives for New York City public schools and for schools and communities nationally, through creation of state-of-the-art curriculum materials, through interactive training workshops, dynamic programs for professional development and consultation and technical assistance. OSHP also addresses the health needs of children, parents, and families through partnerships with community based organizations to build the capacity of their staff to provide health promotion initiatives at multiple sites throughout New York City with an emphasis on East Harlem. OSHP also works through its Junior Fellows and Scholars Programs to increase the diversity of the health care workforce by helping New York City minority youth, underrepresented in medicine, to build their capacity to pursue careers in medicine, nursing, public health, social work, and other health professions.
  • Social Work Leadership Institute - The Social Work Leadership Institute is a national program that supports healthy aging. Our goals are to grow the workforce of social workers who specialize in aging, to improve long-term, community-based care for older adults so that health and social services are more comprehensive, better linked, and to ensure that caregivers get the support they deserve. We are advancing long-term care and care coordination through policy advocacy, research, education, and alliances with academic institutions, professional groups representing workers in long-term care, government, aging and social work organizations, and public policy institutions.
  • Library - The New York Academy of Medicine Library has served the general public interested in access to health and medical information since 1878. Services range from traditional library services to aggregation and dissemination of "grey literature" in public health, disaster preparedness, and urban health through web-based portals. Its Rare Book, Manuscript and Historical Collections comprise one of the country's finest research libraries in the history of medicine and public health. These materials are supplemented by an in-depth collection of secondary sources, all available to serve anyone with an interest in the history of medicine. Incorporated into the services of the library is a growing digitization program sharing with web-based visitors the many unique items within the collections that are not always available onsite. Since 2005, the library has had a presence in the East Harlem community through a Consumer Health Information Center for providers and consumers that it manages within a neighborhood federally-funded clinic. We seek to expand such services to other communities to increase their ability to "act for health".
  • Office of Finance and Administration - The Office of Finance and Administration provides administrative and financial support for NYAM's programs, services, staff, community partners and Fellows. Its functions include the Education and Conference Center, Finance, Grants Management, Facilities Management, Information Technology and Human Resources. Finance and Administration seeks to achieve excellence in administrative and financial operations commensurate with the high quality of NYAM programs.
  • NYAM's Green Initiative - The Office of Finance and Administration is leading efforts to fulfill NYAM's commitment to achieve sustainable building practices and environmental conservation.
  • The Conference Center - The Conference Center comprises 17,000+ square feet of event space hosting over 20,000 attendees annually. The Center directs NYAM's continuing medical education (CME) program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME.) and provides full-service event logistical planning, catering and support to NYAM departments, Fellows, external partners and clients, with special regard to community-based organizations, in East Harlem and throughout the city.
Core Values
  • Demonstrate excellence and integrity in all that we do
  • Value diversity in all aspects of our work
  • Act to Assure equity of access and opportunity for individuals and communities to enjoy the best possible health and quality of life
  • Use objective criteria and evidence-based approaches to our work including the rigorous assessment of our own performance
  • Respect different kinds of knowledge
  • Listen to the voices of those affected by our work and to have their voices heard - "nothing about me without me."
  • Assure an interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral approach to work within and outside the Academy
  • Seek or create synergies within our organization and with outside partners through collaboration and team work
  • Attract talented people to work and volunteer and provide a supportive environment for their maximum professional and personal development



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