CUMC in Northern Manhattan

CUMC in Northern Manhattan

Columbia University Medical Center has a long standing collaborative working relationship with the Washington Heights/Inwood community, home to many of our employees, patients, and students. Our position as a leading academic medical center depends, in part, on maintaining a strong relationship with our friends and neighbors. Many CUMC programs are designed to foster this relationship by providing community members with key health services in areas such as dental, pediatrics, asthma, and chronic disease management and care.

The new Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center will transform the way Columbia trains tomorrow’s physicians, expanding the ways in which its faculty and students are able to serve our neighbors. Currently, our students at CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach) are delivering primary care to the uninsured of the Washington Heights/Inwood community, while our Neighborhood Fund, a joint effort of CUMC, New York-Presbyterian, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, is raising money to support local nonprofit organizations, including food banks, low-cost day care, after-school programs for youth, and senior-center activities.

CUMC is a strong local employer. Its contracting goals (both construction and non-construction) include at least 30 percent minority, women- and local (MWL) contracting, as well as a 35 percent MWL workforce. The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center should bring even more of these jobs to Northern Manhattan residents.

Columbia has engaged members of the local community, the community board, and local elected officials both to keep them informed and to obtain feedback as to how we might best work with the community as the project proceeds. For more information about the Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center, see the FAQs.

As the project continues to move forward, please visit the construction section of this website for updates and expanded information.

To learn more about the wide-ranging health education and promotion, mentoring, and clinical support services we offer community residents, visit the following websites:

CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids)

CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach)

CTSA (Clinical & Translational Science Award)

Dental Service Van

Family PEACE (Promoting, Education, Advocacy, Collaboration & Empowerment) Program

HEAL (Health Education Adult Literacy)