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Columbia: Professors Selected for RWJF-funded Health Data for NYC Research Collaboration

The New York Academy of Health announced the launch of Health Data for NYC (HD4NYC), and the appointment of two Columbia University Mailman School professors to this first-of-its-kind program to improve health equity in NYC. Drs. Sandra Albrecht and Jeanette Stingone, assistant professors of epidemiology, were selected to the program’s initial working groups through a competitive application process.

HD4NYC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded research collaboration between The New York Academy of Medicine and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, facilitates access to Department data for a multidisciplinary group of early-career investigators. HD4NYC will provide mentorship and training to enhance the career development of the researchers. Drs. Albrecht and Stingone will focus on health equity issues related to birth/childhood and marginalized populations.

Dr. Albrecht, a social epidemiologist, focuses on the socio-cultural and environmental factors that contribute to the progression of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in U.S. immigrants, and among Latinos in the U.S. and Latin America. She is in the process of integrating training in the clinical issues associated with T2D prevention and treatment, and the use of electronic health record data to understand the variability in poor T2D control across subgroups.

Dr. Stingone is an environmental epidemiologist with a focus on perinatal and pediatric health. She conducts research on how prenatal and early-life environmental exposures affect health and development throughout childhood and beyond. Currently, she is investigating how machine learning approaches can be used to uncover the combinations of multiple environmental exposures that contribute to disease.