Welcome to the Columbia University Medical Center's Office of Government & Community Affairs (GCA) web site. Government & Community Affairs represents the interests of Columbia University Medical Center before the federal, state, and city governments. This office also develops and implements programs with the communities surrounding Columbia University Medical Center and serves as the primary liaison between the Medical Center and the external community.
GCA coordinates information on services and programs available at the Medical Center campus. The office responds to and engages community stakeholders, local residents and community based providers as they seek to learn more about the various medical center programs, services, events and activities. We work with various elected officials, medical associations and other organizations to advocate and educate policy makers on areas ofinterest of our faculty and staff.
If you have any need or desire to work with elected officials or community based organizations, I strongly encourage you to contact us to see if we may be of assistance.
Ross A. Frommer
Vice President and Associate Dean
Explora Restaurant Week 5/15 - 5/26
Starting on Wednesday, May 15th and running through Sunday, May 26th is the first ever Washington Heights and Inwood Restaurant Week. Go to exploranyc.com/restaurant-week to see a list of the restaurants participating in Northern Manhattan Restaurant Week. Take advantage of these special offers.
You can also download the complete Northern Manhattan Restaurant Week Booklet Here to see all the special deals we have lined up for you.
Note: In order to received the offer, mention the word "Explora" or show your Northern Manhattan Restaurant Week Booklet.
Explora Contest #1:
In honor of the first ever Northern Manhattan Restaurant Week, we’ll have our first ever photo contest. Take a pic of your favorite dish at one of the participating restaurant week establishments and instagram or tweet it using the #exploranyc hashtag.
One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a $50 Amex gift card. Contest ends on May 26th at midnight. Winner will be chosen on May 27th.
Uptown Art Stroll 2013
For the past 10 years, artists and other local leaders have used art to build a sense of community between the diverse population and language groups that call Northern Manhattan home. The Uptown Arts Stroll has been the annual showcase for these efforts, giving voice to an arts community that is growing in the often overlooked but quickly gentrifying neighborhoods of Washington Heights and Inwood.
Since 2003, the Uptown Arts Stroll has grown from a one-day event to a month-long extravaganza offering a variety of arts and cultural events north of 155th Street. Since 2008, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with local artists, businesses, community institutions and community leaders, has taken on the leadership of the Uptown Arts Stroll.
The Uptown Arts Stroll 2013 will showcase the arts, artists and rich cultural venues within Upper Manhattan through a series of cultural activities during the month of June 2013.
For more information, please visit www.artstroll.com.
Neighborhood Residents Turn Out for CUMC Cancer Talks
May 3, 2013
Posted in: Campus News, Cancer, Community News
Joseph Jurcic, MD, talks to Washington Heights residents about his research on new leukemia drugs.
Residents of Washington Heights and Inwood turned out Tuesday, April 30, for the first lecture in a series of public events designed to share news about research at CUMC with the community.
Tuesday evening’s event focused on advances in leukemia research and treatment, with presentations from three CUMC leukemia specialists: Joseph Jurcic, MD, professor of clinical medicine; Nicole Lamanna, MD, associate clinical professor of medicine; and Mark Frattini, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine.
“When we were thinking about who we wanted to have speak tonight, we wanted to show you why places like CUMC exist,” said Stephen Emerson, MD, PhD, director of the Herbert Irving Cancer Center and Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Immunology & Medicine. “There are people out there who need the best care, and places like CUMC are committed to improving the lives of their patients by providing that care and by conducting the research that will improve that care.”
The speakers were enthusiastically received by the audience, says Sandra Harris, assistant vice president of government and community affairs at CUMC, and the event ran overtime to allow for the many questions posed at the end.
For information about the next event—tentatively planned on the topic of high blood pressure—check for an update on the Office of Government & Community Affairs website.
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Members of the CUMC Community Campaign to Support NIH Funding
April 10, 2013
Scientists and physicians aren’t known for taking political action. But cuts to NIH funding—mandated by the sequester—have motivated many to speak out and rally in support of funding for medical research.
The cuts, which went into effect on March 1, slashed the NIH budget by 5.1 percent along with all other non-defense discretionary spending. Cuts may increase to 8.2 percent next year.
Members of the CUMC community have personal as well as professional stories about why medical research funding matters to them. Click on their images to read about why they oppose NIH cuts.
Do you have a story to tell about what NIH funding means to you? Share it with us.
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