New York Academy of Medicine

Company Description

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is an exciting organization that works to enhance the health of the public. NYAM has a very active community outreach program called the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies (CUES).  As their web site states:
CUES is a research consortium established by the New York Academy of Medicine in partnership with the New York City Department of Health , and in cooperation with multiple collaborating institutions .

CUES was established to conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary, population-based research, with a special focus on low-income, disadvantaged populations, in order to bring about a better understanding of diseases and other threats to health concentrated in urban areas.

A better understanding of diseases and other threats to health in urban areas is essential for the development of interventions to control urban epidemics of substance abuse, HIV and other infections, asthma, and other illnesses. Because social, environmental, and biological influences on health status have become increasingly more complex, the need for a cooperative effort to understand these complexities is greater than ever.

To support its work, CUES relies on databases that describe social service programs such as health care, drug treatment, etc., that operate in the neighborhoods in which CUES operates.  For example,  United Way of New York City has compiled detailed information in a database called CARES on over 2,500 agencies and 15,100 social service programs.  A subset of the CARES database is available on the Web (see http://www.uwnyc.org/640/f.html but not with Netscape 6).

Proposal: An Improved Social Service Program Database

While the CARES database covers the social service programs wonderfully, it nonetheless presents a few drawbacks: This project will work to solve one or more of these problems.
If this project attacks the "user interface on the Web" problem, we will design and build user interface prototype(s).
If this project attacks the "annotate listings" problem, we will design and build database schemas and Web interfaces to extend the information in CARES.  An important challenge will to extend CARES without disturbing its schema.
If this project attacks the "Multiple other databases" problem, we will build a search engine that would be able to locate all agencies and organizations that provide a particular social service.  The project would build on the technology developed in Fall 2001 for bCorner (http://www.cs.nyu.edu/artg/itp/FL01/proposals/bCorner.html) a system that allows for real-time dynamic lookup.  A service search would result in:

Intern Address

The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.

Company Web site

www.nyam.org

Authorizing managers

David Vlahov, Ph.D., Director, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, (212) 822-7382, dvlahov@nyam.org
Dr. Sandro Galea, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, (212) 822-7378
Maxine L. Rockoff, Ph.D., Director, Information Management, New York Academy of Medicine, (212) 822-7373, MRockoff@nyam.org

Project manager

Princess Fortin, Data management project leader, CUES, (212) 822-7388, pfortin@nyam.org
 

Resources that will be made available to students

Access to any relevant data, code and information.