The EQUIP Center for Learning Health System (LHS) Science brings together three world-class academic institutions in New York City — Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and their affiliated healthcare delivery systems, NewYork-Presbyterian and Montefiore Health System — to provide faculty who are new or early stage researchers with funding, education, training, mentorship, tools, and resources to successfully complete a systemwide LHS research project and build a foundation of knowledge and skills to pursue future LHS research. Led by Columbia, the EQUIP Center will train, fund, and support embedded LHS Scientists by leveraging the complementary and multidisciplinary strengths of each institution, all well-represented in the Center leadership and integrated across 3 cores: administration, research education, and research and data analysis.

What does EQUIP stand for?

EQUIP stands for Equity and Health Disparities, Quality and Patient Safety, Implementation Science and Informatics, and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER).

Who are the leaders and advisors?

MPIs for the EQUIP grant

Columbia serves as the lead site and coordinates all P30 grant activities, with 4 diverse, experienced Multiple Principal Investigators (MPls) to guide the Center and its Cores: Jason Adelman, MD, MS (contact Pl), Nathalie Moise, MD, MS, Ruth Masterson Creber, PhD, MSc, RN, and Carmela Alcantara, PhD. Erika Abramson, MD, MSc from Cornell and William Southern, MD, MS from Einstein will serve as AC Site Leads.

Their combined expertise in health equity and disparities, quality and safety, implementation science, informatics, and PCOR/CER — and significant experience as AHRQ, PCORI, and NIH-funded researchers and gifted mentors — are pivotal to the success of the EQUIP Center. Site Leads work in partnership with internal advisors from each institution as well as stakeholder advisors from the broader community represented by Community STAR ambassadors, Clinical ambassadors, Dalio Center for Health Justice, and the NY State Dept of Health.

Who Makes Up the EQUIP Community Board?

An essential component of our EQUIP Center is the inclusion of patient-centered stakeholders and community groups, who are contributing their values, preferences, needs, and priorities to inform LHS projects.

Our Community Board is composed of advisors drawn from local community boards and clinicians who work in our tri-institutional LHS. The community board is critical for responding to the immediate healthcare needs of the diverse communities served by our tri-institutional LHS.

What is Submission+, Project+, and Dissemination+?

LHS Scientists will be guided through a phased approach to the program supported through funding, training, education, mentorship, tools, and resources intentionally designed to facilitate learning on how to navigate funding, conducting, and sharing research. The "+" in Submission+, Project+, and Disseminate+ represents the significant LHS infrastructure that coordinates to support LHS Scientists.