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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


Sandra Harris Receives Latino Trendsetters Award


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Assemblyman Linares Visits the College of Dental Medicine

            On April 27th, New York State Assemblyman Guillermo Linares, who represents the area around Columbia University Medical Center, met with a group of students from the College of Dental Medicine (CDM) to discuss health policy and oral health issues.  After telling the students how he came from being an immigrant from the Dominican Republic to teaching and then to community and politics, the Assemblyman discussed some of the latest issues being debated in Albany.  There was a discussion session where students and faculty gave examples of some of the work that CDM does in the community.

            Assemblyman Linares noted, “This was a great opportunity to meet such an impressive group of students.  They and their colleagues do so much do provide oral health services in my community and I do hope many of them stay close after they graduate.”

            Dr. Joseph McManus, Associate Professor of Dental Medicine and the Executive Director of Community DentCare, added, “This was a wonderful opportunity for some of our students to learn about the intersection of health care delivery, policy, and politics.  I thank Assemblyman Linares for spending time with us.”


Columbia University Community Scholars Program

New application deadline—Thursday, May 19 at 5p.m!

Program benefits include:   access to all University libraries (including on-line access), program advising, course auditing privileges, dialogue with scholars in a pertinent field of study, and the ability to participate in forums, seminars and other campus activities.

 Prospective Scholars may either:

o          submit application materials via email to communityaffairs@columbia.edu, or

o          hand deliver to Columbia University, Low Library room 309

 To apply one must submit:

•          A completed program application (click on link)

•          1-2 page narrative describing your educational and/or professional background;

•          1-2 page description of the project you propose to pursue, your anticipated end goal/outcomes and the University resources you would like to access in order to achieve these outcomes (i.e. courses to audit,      library, etc.). Please include a brief statement on how your project might be of benefit to the larger community;

•          Résumé, or Curriculum Vitae;

•          High School Transcript, equivalent, or equivalent experience (please explain),

and transcripts from any college or university work;

•          2 letters of reference (may be from a current or former employer, community

leader, teacher, professor, colleague, or eminent person in your field of study);

•          Other supporting materials you would like to have considered as a part of your

application: work sample, writing samples of up to 2 pages, audio or videotape.

Please note that these materials will not be returned. For those with questions regarding this augmented application period please contact Kevin Brannon at kb2332@columbia.edu or call (212) 854-4289.



The 32nd Medieval Festival is Sunday, September 18, 2016 from 11:30am-6pm in Ft. Tryon Park and volunteers are needed throughout the day at the largest annual NYC Parksevent. If you would like to volunteer, please email meatmcollinswhidc@aol.com.

About 80 volunteers helped last year and we will need that many again. Please choose from these opportunities.

• Volunteers Check-in Assistant (4 people needed, one per shift 7am-11am; 11am-2pm; 2pm-5pm; 5pm-8pm)

• Tent Set-up (12 or more people from 6:30am-9:30am)

• Tent Breakdown (12 or more people from 6:30pm-8:30pm)

• Information Booth (As many as possible in shifts from 11am-7pm)

• Hay Drop-offs (10 people from 7am-10am)

• Booth Decorators (10 or more needed starting at 9am)

• Costume Tent (10 people needed in shifts starting at 8:30am)

• Traffic/Parking (8 people needed starting at 7am)

Virtual Tour of the Washington Heights & Inwood communities:


MCNF Annual Appeal  To donate click on the pledge card, print and mail completed form to:

Office of Government & Community Affairs

51 Audubon Avenue8th Floor, Suite 800New York, N.Y. 10032

Medical Center Neighborhood Fund Brochure

Neighborhood Fund Pledge Card

Research Means Hope

Support Funding for the National

Institutes of Health



Last updated 5/23/2016

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