New York Academy of Medicine

Company Description

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) is an exciting organization that works to enhance the health of the public. NYAM has a very active community outreach program called the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies (CUES).  As their web site states:
CUES is a research consortium established by the New York Academy of Medicine in partnership with the New York City Department of Health , and in cooperation with multiple collaborating institutions .

CUES was established to conduct collaborative, multi-disciplinary, population-based research, with a special focus on low-income, disadvantaged populations, in order to bring about a better understanding of diseases and other threats to health concentrated in urban areas.

A better understanding of diseases and other threats to health in urban areas is essential for the development of interventions to control urban epidemics of substance abuse, HIV and other infections, asthma, and other illnesses. Because social, environmental, and biological influences on health status have become increasingly more complex, the need for a cooperative effort to understand these complexities is greater than ever.

To support its work, CUES relies on databases that describe social service programs such as health care, drug treatment, etc., that operate in the neighborhoods in which CUES operates.  For example,  United Way of New York City has compiled detailed information in a database called CARES on over 2,500 agencies and 15,100 social service programs.  A subset of the CARES database is available on the Web (see but not with Netscape 6).

Proposal: An Improved Social Service Program Database

In Spring 2002 a Projects team reorganized the CUES database and built a web site to access it (at  The site enables social service case-workers to rapidly select the the appropriate program and facility for people in need.  In particular, a search can locate all social services for a person with multiple problems, such as a woman who is "pregnant, a drug user, suffers from domestic violence, and needs food".
That project: This project's goal is to improve the look, content, and functionality of the web-site. Below are the main features desired:

Intern Address

The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.

Company Web site

Authorizing managers

David Vlahov, Ph.D., Director, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, (212) 822-7382,
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, (212) 822-7378,
Maxine L. Rockoff, Ph.D., Director, Division of Information Management, New York Academy of Medicine, (212) 822-7373,

Project manager

Princess Fortin, Research Assistant, CUES, (212) 822-7388,

Resources that will be made available to students

Access to any relevant data, code and information.