||NIH Health Disparities Seminar
In honor of National Nutrition Month, the National Institutes of Health welcomes Dr. Carol R. Horowitz as the featured speaker for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series
East Harlem is the epicenter in New York City of the intertwined epidemics of obesity and diabetes. Its predominantly low income, Black and Latino residents have insufficient resources to cope with the myriad forces that fuel these epidemics. Research programs proving that modest weight loss and increased physical activity to prevent or delay diabetes are generally too cumbersome to be put to use in communities like East Harlem. Many initiatives do not embody the kind of community voice, support, and participation that is sustainable for long term results. On the other hand, innovative approaches that include true community partnerships often do not incorporate rigorous research designs and methods that measure impact. In her presentation, Dr. Carol R. Horowitz will discuss hybrid efforts to engage all key stakeholders in strategies to improve health, including healthy eating interventions, and highlight novel ideas and programs emerging from community engagement partnerships.
Dr. Horowitz is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She also serves as the Director of the East Harlem Diabetes Center of Excellence, the Principal Investigator of the Community Engagement and Research Core for Mount Sinai’s Institutes for Clinical and Translational Sciences, and co-Director of a new Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research. Recognized by HHS for her research excellence, Dr. Horowitz’s work focuses on using community-based participatory research to address health disparities. As the Principal Investigator of several NIH-funded community-base interventions, she has partnered with community members to implement numerous community-based health improvement interventions, including a pilot program aimed to eliminate diabetes disparities among African Americans and Latinos.