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Elizabeth Gross Cohn

Elizabeth Gross Cohn, PhD, RN is director of the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation (CHI)

CHI strives to bring together interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students from across the university to find innovative ways of creating a culture of health, community-by-community across Long Island.

The Center for Health Innovation (CHI) at Adelphi University is a leader regionally and known as a trusted resource for current, timely and relevant data on pressing public health issues for many of our significant partners, elected and public officials, peer institutions, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations.

By combining data from our states, counties and communities and our personal stories of living on Long Island with Adelphi’s professional expertise and demonstrated community-engagement, we hope to lead lasting change for the residents of Long Island, our communities and our nation.

On July 8, 2015, the White House recognized her efforts for “Champions of Change” for Precision Medicine, individuals who are making a difference in transforming the way we improve health and treat disease.

Dr. Cohn, a Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar, graduated from Columbia University and completed a summer fellowship and the National Institutes of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health. At Columbia, Dr. Cohn was the founding director of the Diversity and Cultural Affairs at the School of Nursing, the associate director of the Community-Engagement Core of the NIH-funded Clinical and Translation Science Award, and the co-chair of the Patient-Centered Outcomes/Comparitive Effectiveness Research Consortium, an interdisciplinary collaboration between New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University.

Dr. Cohn is an appointed member of the New York State Minority Health and Health Equity Council, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the New York Academy of Sciences. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, in Men’s Health and Esquire magazines.


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