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Dear Friends:

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

What Does NIH Funding Mean to New York?

June 16, 2014

Posted in: Campus News

biomedical imageAs medical centers feel the sting of diminished NIH funds, Columbia University Medical Center is no exception.

In recent years, particularly after sequestration, our research community has responded. Faculty, students, and staff have rallied, written letters, and taken other actions to raise awareness about the importance of NIH funding both to their work and to the nation’s biomedical advances.

In an effort to help them and others communicate the importance of NIH funding, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology created state-by-state factsheets describing the importance of NIH funds.

Check out the New York factsheet, which highlights Columbia University’s $348 million in NIH grants in FY 2013; that support has helped fund numerous advances, including breakthroughs in glioblastoma research.

Find out more about how NIH funding for biomedical research has led to advances in New York State and how sequestration has chipped away at this critical source of support.

Read the full factsheet here.

Dean Goldman Welcomes Local NYPD Precinct Commanders to CUMC

     On June 5th, Columbia University Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) hosted a community breakfast to recognize members of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  Captain Michael P. Baker, Commander of the 30th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Fausto B. Pichardo, Commander of the 33rd Precinct, and Deputy Inspector Chris Morello Commander of the 34th Precinct, along with several other Community Affairs and other officers, attended.  In his remarks, Dean Goldman expressed his appreciation for the wonderful work the NYPD does and noted how important it is that, at a world class medical center students, faculty, and patients feel safe.  James McShane, Vice President for Public Safety, also spoke as did Andria Castellanos and Jeffrey Bokser from NYP.

       Deputy Inspectors Pichardo and Morello, and Captain Baker all expressed their thanks to Columbia and NYP, not only for the breakfast, but, more importantly for working closely with them to prevent crime in the neighborhood and for providing excellent medical care to their officers when it is needed. Assemblyman Denny Farrell, Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa, and Community Board 12 Chair George Fernandez also spoke.


Columbia Faculty Offer Insight on Vision Zero to NYC DOT Commissioner and Staff

Commissioner Trottenberg meets with Drs. Li and DiMaggio

            On June 10th, faculty from Columbia University Medical Center met with the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), Polly Trottenberg, and other senior DOT officials to offer their insights on Vision Zero, DOT’s plan to improve traffic safety for pedestrians.  Dr. Charles DiMaggio, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Research Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention, discussed his research and work with the Safe Routes to Schools initiative in New York and across the country.  Dr. Guohua Li, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention followed with a presentation on the incidence and effects of drugged driving.  Commissioner Trottenberg invited Drs. DiMaggio and Li to present so she and her staff could gain from their expertise as the Department develops policy to implement Vision Zero.  Drs. DiMaggio and Li were thrilled to have the opportunity to do and look forward to continuing to work with DOT on this effort.

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Last updated 6/24/ 2014

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