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About the Collaborative Research Group

CRG-HPP was started at York College in the Summer of 2011.  Conceived by professors in the School of Health & Behavioral Sciences with similar research interests, the research group is comprised of CUNY faculty, undergraduate and graduate students of the various CUNY colleges, community stakeholders and faculty and students of collaborating academic institutions.  Some of CRG-HPP's current research projects/interests include:

  • HIV Disclosure to Infected and Affected Children

  • Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Family

  • Future Care and Custody Planning

  • Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors of Social Workers and HIV/AIDS

  • Impact of Social Networks on Sexual Behavior and Sex Health

  • Race-Based Sexual Health Disparities

  • Impact of Technology (Internet, Mobile "Apps," etc.) on Sexual Risk Behaviors

  • Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) in Urban Environments

  • Perceptions of, Access to and Quality of Healthcare among Sexual Minority Women

  • Content Analyses of YouTube Videos on:  1) Sexual Coercion; 2) The Opioid Epidemic; and 3) The Seasonal Flu Vaccine

  • Sexual Health in the BDSM/Kink/Fetish Community


With the support of the York College administration, in September 2014 CRG-HPP opened the UrbanHealth Lab.  This space on the York College campus serves as a centralized location where CRG-HPP team members can meet for educational seminars and individual mentoring sessions.  The lab will also serve as the contact point for all CRG-HPP lead research studies.  The lab is located in the Academic Core Building, room E307a.


Mission Statement

The Collaborative Research Group on Health Policy and Promotion's mission is to:  1) Design, conduct and promote collaborative, informative and rigorous research focusing on the critical public health issues facing individuals, families, and communities in the greater New York metropolitan area; 2) Disseminate  research findings to scientific peers, prioritized communities and other stakeholders; and 3) Support community-based organizations' efforts to plan, implement and evaluate their programs and services.

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