The Mumbai Center is working to establish a dedicated interdisciplinary program addressing health in India, which will partner with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, various schools of medicine, as well as faculty and students from the social sciences and other disciplines working on health. The research and educational focus would include health and environment, gender and health, aging, cancer and nutrition, urban health systems, and new frontiers of medicine.
The Mumbai Center has partnered with the Mailman School of Public Health to introduce a practicum that enables graduate students to complete a planned, supervised and evaluated field experience in India. The Center reached out to multiple organizations to house student interns. The three organizations that were selected include Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action, a secular, non-profit organization that works on public health issues in Mumbai’s slums, Khushi Baby in Udaipur, a wearable mHealth platform that aims to reduce mortality due to vaccine-preventable diseases, and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research, an independent and participatory research collective based in Mumbai.
Through the award of a PGIF grant, Professors Ruth Finkelstein and Kavita Sivaramakrishnan will undertake research on in collaboration with the Mumbai Center for their research project entitled Generativity in Deprived Urban Contexts; Older Adults’ Experiences in Mumbai, Nairobi, and New York