Columbia University's Global Health Research Center of Central (GHRCCA) Asia brings together multidisciplinary expertise from Columbia, Central Asia and the surrounding region to address a range of global health challenges: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hepatitis C, substance abuse, malnutrition, mental health and other threats to health. The Center is also committed to the promotion of health reform and improvement of access to care.
Partnerships with representatives from government, NGOs, the research community, and academic institutions are a key component of the Center and to the development of solutions and advancement of scientific capacity in the region. Such partnerships are well positioned to train researchers and develop culturally congruent, scientifically based solutions that are also practical. The Center employs science and research to improve the quality of life of people in Central Asia and the surrounding region.
GHRCCA is designed to develop and scale-up evidence-based, sustainable solutions to address health and social challenges in Central Asia and Mongolia. The Center's core activities are outcome-driven and designed to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations in the region; including drug users and their partners, migrant workers from around the region, sex workers, women and children. The work of GHRCCA is focused in four core activity areas:
Research: GHRCCA brings together faculty, scientists, researchers, and students from different disciplines and fields from Columbia University and other universities in Central Asia and worldwide to generate scientific and innovative solutions to public health and social challenges.
Education: Using an interdisciplinary approach, GHRCCA aims to advance knowledge, scholarship, and curriculum on health and social challenges in Central Asia and Mongolia. GHRCCA provides educational exchanges and programs for faculty, scientists, researchers, and students from the region and the United States.
Training: GHRCCA provides research trainings and professional development for students, faculty, researchers and professionals in the fields of public health, social economic development, and social welfare.
Policy and Dissemination: GHRCCA collaborates with government, international and local non-governmental organizations to implement evidence-based, sustainable solutions into policies, programs, and systems of care.