Pursuing population health gains through better implementation.

The CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH) was founded on the notion that substantial improvements in population health can be efficiently achieved through better implementation of existing strategies, policies, and interventions across multiple sectors.  With that in mind, we study how to translate and scale-up evidence-based interventions and policies within clinical and community settings in order to improve population health and reduce health disparities.

The Institute uses a range of digital communication channels to disseminate news and information among a global network of research colleagues and partners. This website serves as a platform for disseminating our scientific work and tools we have developed, as well as showcasing emergent topics in the field of implementation science.



Investigator Spotlight:
Dr. Daliah Heller

Over the first two decades of her career, Daliah has commanded many roles, from advocate, to service provider, to researcher, to policy-maker. Her current work places her at the forefront of the intersection of the Criminal Justice and Public Health domains, an emerging area of interdisciplinary inquiry.

  • I​n collaboration with Health and Hospitals Correctional Health Services, she is leading an analysis of de-identified data representing admissions to Rikers Island over a recent two-year period. The investigation examines whether and what are the differences in top arresting charges for individuals incarcerated in the NYC jail who are diagnosed with a substance use disorder, in comparison to those without the diagnosis.
  • In collaboration with CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance and funded by the Arnold Foundation, she is co-Investigator on a study considering the population who have been labeled “frequent utilizers” of the local jail, behavioral healthcare, and homeless systems, because they cycle in and out of these settings often. The study examines this public policy problem in 10 county jurisdictions across the country, with the goal of developing a national profile of the health and social needs of this group, and identifying promising policies and practices to reduce and prevent the phenomenon.

As as a graduate of the CUNY system herself, Daliah is proud to contribute to Healthy CUNY, an initiative that collaborates with the CUNY Central Office of Student Affairs to promote health and wellness for the vast student population of CUNY, across all colleges and campuses. With support from the Chancellor’s Office Strategic Initiatives Fund, she led a participatory action research project to design and build a Healthy CUNY app – made by and for CUNY students. She is co-Principal Investigator on a Healthy CUNY study to pilot and evaluate three mental health interventions to students at a selected group of CUNY campuses. Funded by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (as past of ThriveNYC), this project compares the use and efficacy of two digital health applications – the Healthy CUNY app and an online interactive emotional health service – and the work of student Mental Health Ambassadors on campus.
Daliah continues her lifelong commitment to articulate and demonstrate structural and social justice approaches for disenfranchised and socially excluded populations, and to develop models and interventions promoting health equity. She is an educator sharing her passion and wealth of knowledge with future public health practitioners.


Recent ISPH Publications

Development and evaluation of a community-based buprenorphine treatment intervention. Fox AD, Sohler NL, Frost T, Lopez C, Cunningham CO. Harm Reduction Journal

Offering Self-administered Oral HIV Testing as a Choice to Truck Drivers in Kenya: Predictors of Uptake and Need for Guidance While Self-testing. Kelvin EA, George G, Mwai E, Nyaga EN, Mantell JE, Romo ML, Odhiambo JO, Govender K. AIDS and Behavior

Peer Victimization and Unhealthy Weight Control Behaviors-the Role of Intersecting Identities among New York City Youth. Thapa K, Kelvin EA. Journal of Urban Health.

Psychological distress among smokers in the United States: 2008 to 2014. Zvolensky MJ, Jardin C, Wall MM, Gbedemah M, Hasin D, Shankman SA, Gallagher M, Bakhshaie J, Goodwin RD. Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

Hyaluronan-inorganic nanohybrid materials for biomedical applications. Cai Z, Zhang H, Wei Y, Cong F. Biomacromolecules.