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Alwyn Cohall, MD, Principal Investigator and Project Director   Alwyn Cohall, MD, Principal Investigator and Project Director, is beginning his third decade of service as a physician to the residents of Northern Manhattan, and has served as the HHPC Principal Investigator for five years. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health and Clinical Pediatrics at MSPH and the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (CPS). He received the 2001 Public Health Achievement Award from NYC DHMH, the 2003 Leadership Award from the New York Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Rights Project, and the 2006 Shirley Gordon Public Policy Leadership Award from Family Planning Advocates. He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications on a wide-range of health issues as they affect children, adolescents, and adults in Northern Manhattan. Dr. Cohall received his medical training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, underwent his Pediatric Residency at Montefiore Hospital, and completed his Adolescent Medicine Fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

Rita Kukafka, DrPH, Co-PI   Rita Kukafka, DrPH, Co-PI, is an MSPH Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Public Health Informatics Specialization in the CPS Dept. of Biomedical Informatics. She has conducted research at MSPH for ten years in school health, web applications for cardiovascular disease and patient education, and integrating informatics competencies into Nurse Practitioner training curricula. Dr. Kukafka holds a Doctorate degree from the School of Public Health at Columbia University, and two Masters degrees; one in community health education from New York University, and the second in Medical Informatics from Columbia University, where she also completed a 3-year National Library of Medicine funded Fellowship in Medical Informatics.

Joyce Moon-Howard, DrPH, Co-Investigator   Joyce Moon-Howard, DrPH, Co-Investigator, is on the faculty of Columbia University's Mailman School of Public and has conducted research there in HIV/AIDS, housing and homelessness, cardiovascular disease and maternal, child and adolescent development. She has been an investigator on several studies funded by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) using community-based participatory research (CBPR). She is currently the Principal Investigator on a five-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) project aimed to reduce infant mortality, a National Institute of Child Health and Infant Development (NICHD) study to explore the role and influence of religious institutions and leadership on HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in African American communities, and an National Institute on Aging (NIA) study to examine facilitators and barriers to community-academic partnerships or CBPR at the Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Moon-Howard received her undergraduate degree in social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and her graduate degrees in Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Roger Vaughan, DrPH, Evaluation Director   Roger D. Vaughan, DrPH, Evaluation Director, is a Professor of Clinical Biostatistics. He received his doctorate in Biostatistics from the Mailman School of Public Health in 1997, and has been a professor there since 2003. He is currently the Interim Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health. His research interests revolve around rigorous evaluation methods, methods for the analysis of data from Group Randomized Trials and of correlated data, and innovative teaching methods for the quantitative sciences. He also serves as the Editor for Statistics and Evaluation for the American Journal of Public Health, and is the Director of the Design and Biostatistics Resources of the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.


Renee Cohall, ACSW, Training Director   Renee Cohall, ACSW, Coordinator of Quality Assurance, identifies, trains, and supervises students participating in HHPC research. She previously served for seven years as the Senior Social Worker at the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Adolescent HIV/AIDS Clinic. She has co-authored articles on emergency contraception, treating teen rape victims, and dating violence. Ms. Cohall received her ACSW degree from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Aanie Christopher   Aanie Christopher, LMSW, Project STAY Social Worker, received her BA from the University of California at Santa Cruz and her MSW in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. She has experience working with GLBTQ youth, homeless and street-involved individuals, adolescents in out-of-home placement, people who have experienced domestic violence and adults with developmental disabilities. Ms. Christopher also has a background in social work with groups and believes strongly in the power of young people learning from and helping each other. Her practice with individuals and families is guided by a strengths-based empowerment philosophy. Ms. Christopher enjoys working with adolescents because each young person that she has met has a different story to tell and a different path in front of them.

Tenisha DeWindt   Tenisha DeWindt, BA, Community Health Worker, is responsible for community outreach, education and participant support for HHPC's Northern Manhattan-focused Support for Hypertension Awareness, Reduction and Education (SHARE) project. She looks forward to helping people to better manage their health, as she has benefited from positive lifestyle changes herself-details of which she posts on the website. Ms. DeWindt has a background in community organizing in Harlem. She received her BA in Cultural Anthropology and Foreign Languages from Hampshire College.

Carly Hutchinson, MA   Carly Hutchinson, MA, MPhil, Director of Communications and Community Relations, oversees center communications. In addition to coordinating newsletters and other communications vehicles that keep both the Harlem community and academic partners apprised of HHPC's programs and efforts, she is responsible for the ongoing development of HHPC's community-based health website, Carly received her MA in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her area of focus is food justice movements in NYC where low-income, marginalized communities are fighting for access to healthy, affordable food as a basic human right.

Christel Hyden, MS, CHES   Christel Hyden, MS, CHES, Coordinator of Technology and New Media Ventures. Ms. Hyden creates web, text messaging, social networking, and graphic design elements for the Healthy Monday campaign as well as the C.H.A.T. program run in partnership with the Hetrick Martin Institute. Ms. Hyden is a doctoral candidate in health education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MS in social research from Hunter College and a BA in sociology from Wagner College.

Narine Malcolm, M.Ed.   Narine Malcolm, M.Ed., Administrator and Community Liaison, for HHPC and Project STAY, is responsible for all grant submissions; the daily fiscal monitoring, reconciliation and annual reporting of all center projects and grants. She also handles communication between the center and the various fiscal and grants departments of the university. Ms. Malcolm is also the Community Liaison for HHPC's Community Advisory Board. Ms. Malcolm holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Howard University.

Alberta D. Morgan, CCHW   Alberta D. Morgan, Community Health Worker, CCHW, will assist with recruiting, screening and education for participants in HHPC's Support for Hypertension Awareness, Reduction and Education (SHARE) project. Project SHARE aims to determine the best and most cost effective ways to reduce blood pressure for people living in Northern Manhattan through a variety of channels including the website as well as direct CHW support.
Ms. Morgan has over 10 years of experience in recruiting, managing and coordinating training programs related to job skills development and volunteer services for ill and homebound clients. She recently completed an extensive Community Health Worker certification program provided by the Community Health Worker Network of NYC at LaGuardia Community College, Encore College.

John A. Nelson, CPNP, PhD   John A. Nelson, CPNP, PhD, Project STAY Nurse Practitioner, is responsible for providing clinical care to HIV+ and HIV at-risk adolescents and young adults, community-based outreach, research, and program growth and development. John has published journal articles on issues including LGBT adolescents, HIV and adolescents, and cervical dysplasia in adolescent women. John earned his BA at Washington University and an MS in Nursing from Yale University. He completed a post-graduate nurse practitioner certification from Columbia University School of Nursing and has a PhD in Nursing from New York University.

Andrea Nye, MPH, Program Evaluator   Andrea Nye, MPH, MBA Director of Programs and Evaluation. Andrea works across HHPC's programs to to build evaluation capacity and provide oversight and supervision around strategic planning and evaluation design, including implementing, monitoring and evaluating program activities. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Ms. Nye received an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Joanna Pudil, MA, LCSW   Joanna Pudil, MA, LCSW, Project STAY Program Coordinator/Senior Social Worker, provides individual, group, couples and family therapy to sexually high risk and HIV+ adolescents. Joanna coordinates the medical and mental health care at Project STAY. She received an MA in psychology from CUNY City College and an LCSW in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work.

Nydia Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant   Nydia Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant, provides administrative and logistical support for all HHPC projects including the organization and planning of community activities. She is involved in the preparation of grants, reports and publications as well as assisting the Community Liaison with the HHPC Community Advisory Board. She has more than 10 years experience working at Columbia University in various capacities.

Michelle Smith, BA   Michelle Smith, MPH, Project Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating research data for the evaluation of HHPC's Harlem-focused health website, She also contributes various articles about health and wellness to the site. Ms. Smith received her MPH in Health Promotion from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and completed her BA in International Relations from Brown University.

Katie Tang, M.A.   Katie Tang, MA, CHES, Mobile Health Team Outreach Coordinator, is responsible for coordinating and implementing Project STAY's Mobile Health Team (MHT) outreach events. She interacts with outreach agencies, helps train student educators. Ms. Tang received her MA in Health Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Bari Weinberg, MSW   Bari Weinberg, LMSW, Mobile Health Team Social Worker, provides case management and supportive counseling to adolescents at risk for STIs/HIV throughout NYC. Her outreach efforts with Project STAYs Mobile Health Team (MHT) include psycho-educational workshops focused on sexual health along with a variety of topics focused on healthy adolescent development. Ms. Weinberg is also responsible for evaluating and identifying high-risk adolescents and ensuring their linkage to care. She has a background in working with adolescents living with HIV/AIDS as well as providing supportive counseling and academic guidance within a school-based setting. She received her BA from the University of Vermont and her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work.

Yuan (Vivian) Zhang, M.S.   Yuan (Vivian) Zhang, MS, Data Manager, is responsible for maintaining HHPC databases and analyzing data for a variety of on-going research projects. She is also a skilled web programmer and is helping to update and revise both the Project STAY website and the center-wide HHPC website. Ms. Zhang received her MS in Applied Statistics from Columbia University.

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The Harlem Health Promotion Center is a member of the Prevention Research Centers Program. This site is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement number: 5-U48 DP001916. The findings and conclusions on this site are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of the CDC.