May 10, 2022

The Harlem Health Initiative at CUNY SPH, led by Deborah Levine, supported the launch of the New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) earlier this month.

The New York City Pandemic Response Institute (PRI), a new partnership with Columbia University and The City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH), was launched by New York City Mayor Eric Adams to help New York City learn from the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and tackle the urgent public health emergencies currently facing New Yorkers — from infectious diseases to climate-related events.

In coordination with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM), the PRI will work with New Yorkers in communities across the five boroughs to develop locally tailored health solutions, information, and resources to prepare for, respond to, and recover from future health crises.

The PRI includes diverse partnerships with dozens of nonprofit, community, faith-based, research, and corporate entities — including Amazon and Cepheid — that responded to COVID-19 across New York City and are committed to the PRI’s whole-of-society approach. Together, this diverse group of contributors brings the necessary resources, expertise, commitment, and vision to the critical task of equipping New York City to prepare and respond to future public health emergencies and to invest in more robust infrastructure and greater health equity in New York City.

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