THE BANK OF AMERICA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has made a gift of $750,000 to the Mailman School’s Northern Manhattan Start Right Coalition, a community-based childhood immunization program. The grant will enable the scale-up of the existing Start Right program, linking the coalition members in a coordinated network to reach and vaccinate all 6,000 children born each year in Northern Manhattan. Start Right’s goal is to reach the national standard of 90 percent immunized by age 2. The current rate for children in the Start Right program is 80.5 percent, which represents a 30 percent increase since the program’s inception in 1999.
MORGAN STANLEY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND THE AMBULATORY CARE NETWORK OF NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MAILMAN SCHOOL have been awarded a $2 million grant from Merck Childhood Asthma Network Inc. to improve asthma care for children in Washington Heights and Inwood. About 14,000 children aged 18 and younger in these areas have asthma.
MAILMAN SCHOOL RESEARCHERS STUDY LINK BETWEEN OBESITY AND URBAN ENVIRONMENT Researchers at the Mailman School are studying the link between the urban environment and how it might contribute to the cause or origins of obesity. The school is one of 14 groups across the United States to receive funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study the association between body size and the environment. This work is also supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
To learn more about these and other Mailman School grants, visit: www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu.