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, organizes health lectures, 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.


CECR fosters community-engaged research through:


  • Rafael A. Lantigua, MD

    • Co-Director; Professor of Clinical Medicine
    Headshot of Rafael A. Lantigua, MD
  • Rachel Shelton, ScD, MPH

    • Co-Director; Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
  • Olajide Williams, MD

    • Co-Director; Professor and Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology
  • Elizabeth Cohn, PhD, RN

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

    • Assistant Director

Faculty Collaborators

Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH


Dora Ventura, Program Coordinator

Pilot Awardees