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We promote excellence in research by sponsoring initiatives led by our professionals.

About Research at PAGNY

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“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” – Zora Neale Hurston

The PAGNY research division was created to support physicians conducting cutting edge health research. Advancing clinical understanding can help our physicians better care for the most vulnerable New Yorkers at the largest public health system in the country.


Enhanced clinical knowledge enables our physicians to provide improved care for the most vulnerable New Yorkers within the nation's largest public health system. Our research initiatives also safeguard our most valuable asset – our physicians and allied health providers – by examining the factors that impact their well-being and introducing innovative programs. These efforts ensure they can continue delivering the highest quality patient care, even under the most challenging conditions.

Our Research division supports physicians conducting cutting edge health research by:

  • Seeking funding to support the research priorities of our physicians to study population health.
  • Providing programs to enhance the wellness of our health care workforce through education, engagement opportunities, and leadership training.
  • Advocating for underserved populations to receive the best health care and to improve the health of future generations.


Over the past decade, PAGNY Research has secured over $2.4 million in funding to develop programs aimed at enhancing the well-being of our providers and community.

Initiatives focusing on our providers have included implementing physician coaching programs to train physician leaders, building Physician Wellness Centers, conducting Grand Rounds Educational series on physician well-being and social determinants of health, and offering opportunities for continuing education credits.

Funds for community-based programs have supported the NYC Teen Options to Prevent Pregnancy program, the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program, A Mother’s Heart screening program to reduce cardiovascular morbidity in pregnant women, and the launch of the Attack Asthma in Kids website. Additionally, physician-led initiatives in underserved communities, including HIV education and anti-violence leadership training, have been implemented.

If you have questions related to research at PAGNY, please contact:

Xiomara Rivera

Current Research Projects


In reaffirming our commitment to improving the lives of New Yorkers, PAGNY has joined forces with the Center to Improve Chronic Disease Outcomes through Multi-level and Multi-generational Approaches Unifying Novel Interventions and Training for Health Equity (COMMUNITY Center). This initiative brings together a dynamic, interdisciplinary team of investigators, health care providers and community stakeholders to reduce health disparities in multiple chronic diseases throughout New York City.

Our collaborative includes Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health, Hunter College of the-City University of New York, and Weill Cornell Medical Center. This unique collaboration is poised to create sustainable public health solutions that will result in systems-level changes that promote health equity.

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to learn more.

All of Us Research Program

PAGNY has partnered with the Interdisciplinary Guided Network for Investigation, Translation, and Equity (IGNITE) to offer PAGNY researchers one of the largest, most unique, diverse, and accessible datasets ever assembled. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the All of Us (AoU) Research Program is working to improve health care through research. The AoU is one of the largest biomedical data resources of its kind. It offers an interactive data browser that allows researchers to gain access to health care information obtained from more than 809,000 participants. Users can explore aggregate data including data from surveys, physical measurements, wearables, and electronic health records.

The AoU Researcher Workbench offers access to additional levels of data, workspaces, a cohort builder, and an interactive notebook environment. This collaboration will benefit the community and create a model for other community-based organizations to utilize the AoU dataset to enhance and inform community health.

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for more information on All of Us Research Hub and to register.

You may also contact our Research Partner Program Director Nakisa Pourkey, MPH, at

Ways to get involved

  • The CONNECTOME, our community engagement core, offers partnership, capacity-building resources, and support for community organizations in NYC engaged in programs that address social determinants of health.
  • Our Investigator Development Core (IDC) provides training, networking, and funding for early-stage investigators conducting pilot projects focused on chronic diseases, health disparities, and risk-reduction.
  • Researchers, community organizations, clinicians and students are welcome to participate in COMMUNITY seminars and events on community health promotion initiatives and intervention studies.

Our synergistic research projects include:

  • CHURCH: Community Health workers United to Reduce Colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease among people at Higher risk.
  • DREAM Study: Addressing Sleep Duration, Regularity, and Efficiency: A multidimensional sleep health intervention for reducing disparities in cardiovascular disease.
  • IMPACT Trial: Intervention to iMProve AdherenCe equitably, a trial to support medication management for people with multiple chronic diseases.
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For inquiries, or to learn how to get involved in any of these community collaborations, contact our Research Community Center Project Manager partner, Nicole A. Bayne, RN, MPH, at