Programs & Services

Columbia University Irving Medical Center offers a variety of programs and services to the Washington Heights and Inwood community.  These programs are coordinated only through the Office of Government & Community Affairs.


CoSMO Clinic

CoSMO (Columbia Student Medical Outreach) is a free, high quality primary care clinic devoted to serving uninsured patients in Washington Heights and local NYC area. In addition to medical care, the clinic provides the services of social workers, health educators, Spanish-language interpreters, and nurses.

Community Pediatrics Program

This initiative is a coordinated effort by CUIMC and NewYork-Presbyterian to improve the health of children in the Washington Heights and Inwood communities. Pediatricians are partnering with community agencies to improve clinical practice and bring about institutional change through several programs. More information can be found on the Community Pediatrics website.

Community DentCare Network

The Community DentCare Network is a series of partnerships and collaborations with neighborhood schools and community health clinics, designed to provide patient-centered dental services to Northern Manhattan’s low-income, underserved, and uninsured residents. The network includes six school-based clinics and a Mobile Dental Center linked to five community-based practices.  The Mobile Dental Center travels to daycare centers, Head Start program, and senior centers throughout Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.

Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership

The CHHMP is a student-run clinic providing free and quality health services to the homeless or uninsured community in West Harlem, regardless of housing status, insurance status, or immigration status. Services include medical, dental, occupational therapy, and psychiatry.  For more information, visit the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership website.

Get Healthy Heights

Get Healthy Heights is an online community supported by CUIMC that engages people in Washington Heights and Inwood to connect, discover, and share resources to live a healthy lifestyle.


America Reads Program

The America Reads program is a collaborative effort of the Office of Community Affairs and the Office of Student Financial Services--Federal Work Study. The program partners with local elementary schools with the goal of ensuring that all children are reading at grade level. America Reads is a nation-wide program designed to employ college students "as reading tutors for children to help ensure that all children will read independently and on grade level by third grade."

Summer Youth Employment Program

The program is a collaboration between GCA, community organizations and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development. The program places over 100 youth in various Medical Center departments to work as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program, promoting first-hand work experience and mentoring relations. To learn more about the Summer Youth Employment Program, please visit the DYCD website.

CU and CUIMC departments and offices interested in hosting SYEP participants can complete the SYEP Department Registration Form pdf or fill out an online form.

Community Services

Project Medical Education

Each year, CUIMC hosts Project Medical Education (PME), a full day program designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity for an up-close look at medical education and the day-to-day activities that take place at an academic medical center. The program aims to provide community stakeholders with an in-depth look at the overall operations of our medical center and hear first-hand from our leadership about the challenges and opportunities we face in advancing our education, research, patient care, and service missions. PME takes place at the CUIMC campus in Washington Heights and allows participants to learn more about the many exciting and innovative health advances taking place at our medical center.  

Community Research Forums

Throughout the year, the Office of Government & Community Affairs presents several Community Research Forums that are free and open to the public. These forums allow community residents to learn about the latest research spearheaded by Columbia faculty.

Annual Food Drive

The annual food drive is time around the Thanksgiving holiday and it encourages our campus community to donate canned goods to a local food pantry. CUIMC's donations of canned goods are given to Fresh Youth Initiatives' HHFB, New York City's only youth-run, adult-facilitated food pantry. Campus food donations are distributed by FYI to thousands of people in the Washington Heights/Inwood community.

Medical Center Neighborhood Fund

The Medical Center Neighborhood Fund was founded as a joint effort of Columbia University Irving Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute to enhance the quality of life in the Washington Heights/Inwood community. The Fund is dedicated to raising funds for local, nonprofit organizations that offer vital services and opportunities in northern Manhattan. Currently, the Fund grants more than 60 awards to local organizations. Employees from all three institutions are invited to make a donation and volunteer their time as site visitors.

Fort Washington Greenmarket

The outdoor farmers' market takes place at 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue, and brings local foods and health education to patients, employees, students and the community. The market operates every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from July through December. In addition to its food offering, the market hosts cooking demonstrations, nutritional counseling and health-related outreach events. To learn more about the farmers market, you may visit the GrowNYC website.


Annual Toy Drive

Every December, the Office of Government & Community Affairs coordinates an annual toy drive. Columbia University Irving Medical Center employees donate more than 600 toys. Toys are distributed to local daycare centers, head start programs and community-based organizations serving needy families in the Washington Heights/Inwood community.

Baker Field Summer Camps

Every summer, Columbia University offers a number of scholarships to children from Northern Manhattan to Columbia’s Little Lions and Soccer Academy Camps at Baker Athletics Complex. Applications for the 2019 Summer Camps are available in English and in Spanish. Please read the instructions and complete by May 17, 2019.