Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR)

The Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR) promotes academic-community partnerships and public engagement in translational health research through outreach, education, informatics, training, and funding programs.

The Columbia Community Partnership for Health (CCPH), CECR’s off-campus physical home in Washington Heights, provides free activity space for health related programming to Columbia University researchers and not-for-profit organizations serving upper Manhattan. In addition, CCPH connects residents to health and social services, operates a bilingual health library, and facilitates access to health research.

CECR collaborates across Irving Institute resources, as well as with other CUIMC centers and multi-sector stakeholders in New York City.

Services and Programs

CECR fosters community-engaged research through:


  • Rafael A. Lantigua, MD

    • Co-Director; Professor of Clinical Medicine; Associate Dean for Community Service, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
    Headshot of Rafael A. Lantigua, MD
  • Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH

    • Co-Director; Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Olajide Williams, MD

    • Co-Director; Professor and Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology; Vice Dean for Community Health, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Kellie Bryant, DNP, WHNP, CHSE, FAAN

    • Associate Director; Associate Professor of Nursing, and Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs and Simulation, Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN

    • Community Engagement and Research Liaison
    Elizabeth Cohn
  • Alejandra N. Aguirre, DrPH, MPH

    • Assistant Director

Community Collaborators

Faculty Collaborators

Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH


Dora Ventura, Program Coordinator

Feteri Tapia Silvestre, Senior Clerk

Pilot Awardees