SUNY Downstate Medical Center has been selected as one of five institutions to participate in Urban Universities for HEALTH (Health Equity through Alignment, Leadership, and Transformation of the Healthcare Workforce), a national initiative that aims to improve the health of urban communities by developing their health workforce.
Urban Universities for HEALTH is a collaborative program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities/Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
This joint project will identify strategies to create a diverse, well-prepared workforce capable of improving urban health and meeting demands for new delivery systems that ensure quality care for all. The five institutions will work to improve data on health workforce needs, build institutional capacity, and identify metrics for workforce goals to enhance urban health equity. The knowledge gained will be applied to a larger constituency of higher education institutions.
"SUNY Downstate has a demonstrated commitment to improving urban health through specialized education, research, and clinical care programs, and we are so pleased that SUNY can be a part of this exciting national initiative," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
"Downstate's record in training students who are historically underrepresented in medicine and other health sciences is outstanding," said John F. Williams, MD, EdD, MPH, FCCM, president of SUNY Downstate. "The Urban Universities for HEALTH initiative complements Downstate's existing efforts to reduce disparities in healthcare delivery in urban communities."