About Us

Harlem Community & Academic Partnership (HCAP) (formerly the Harlem Urban Research Center) is a diverse partnership of community residents, community based organizations and service providers, academia, and public health institutions. HCAP’s mission is to focus on identifying “what works” to effectively address the social determinants of health to improve 
the health of East and Central Harlem using a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach. 

Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) is a collaborative approach to research that equitably involves all partners (community and academic) in all aspects of the research process and recognizes the unique strengths that each partner brings to the process. The purpose of any project supported and or research conducted that involves HCAP is to benefit the community either through increased knowledge or by promoting better health. Since 1999, HCAP has worked to build and strengthen trust, to establish credibility in this community, to demonstrate a true commitment to improve the health of our Harlem residents, and to create a platform from which we could act to address local urban health issues. 

A menu of our attributes includes:  
  • An established community and academic partnership that has developed and refined a CBPR process that has been existence since 1999 in Harlem 
  • Previous defined measures of success inside the realm of substance use and infectious disease  
  • Technical assistance support and guidance from the Center for Urban Epidemiology Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine  
  • Access to the East and Central Harlem communities and other demographically similar neighborhoods around NYC 
  • Experience in translating research findings to implications for policy and practice
HCAP continues to enrich its membership by increasing representation from East and Central Harlem, experts in the field of public health and service provision, as well as from specific vulnerable populations such as the older adult population and people living with 
HIV/AIDS. HCAP has also recently established intervention work groups (IWG) involved in areas of cancer screening and prevention, obesity/nutrition targeting women of color and the family unit, medical management of asthma, rapid vaccine distribution, pharmacists as treatment linkages, the web-based Harlem Resource Guide, and community reentry of individuals released from jail.