director's welcome

Welcome to the Center for Research In Primary Health Care!

The concept of Primary Health Care (PHC) has long guided Lienhard School of Nursing.  This concept has recently gained broad traction in the world of health and health research; and has been adopted by many health organizations.  It generally equates to the social determinants of health.  It is a population-based approach which looks beyond the one-to-one interaction of a patient and provider, to the “upstream” factors that affect health, including, for example, access to healthy food, clean air, a good education and social justice. All of these factors have a profound effect on health.  PHC also examines how community factors can be recruited to help solve health problems.    

Therefore, we created a Center for Research in Primary Health Care in order to facilitate research into this essential area.  The Center now includes researchers from across the College of Health Professions. 

On November 4, 2016 we hosted a major conference on Primary Health Care.  We heard from prominent practitioners, including Dr. Mary Bassett, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Chancellor Carmen Farina, Chancellor of NYC Schools and Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. of the Bronx, among many other distinguished speakers.  It was an informative conference which helped to elucidate the concept for a wide audience of professionals and students.

I invite you to explore the Center’s website to learn more.


Carol F. Roye, EdD, RN, CPNP, FAAN
Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Professor
Lienhard School of Nursing and College of Health Professions

Carol F. Roye, EdD, RN, CPNP, FAAN