The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organization since 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine addresses the health challenges facing the world's urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, education, community engagement and innovative research. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; and to implement interventions that eliminate health disparities.
The New York Academy of Medicine's Health Policy team brings together researchers, policymakers, community members, and key stakeholders to think strategically and creatively about the root causes of health outcomes and to identify and develop evidence to influence urban health policies that reduce health disparities, encourage the spread of best practices, and raise awareness of how economic, social, and other policies and practices influence the broad determinants of community health. Current priorities include promoting active aging, strengthening the public health infrastructure, and eliminating disparities in specific populations.
The New York Academy of Medicine Library houses one of the largest medical collections open to the general public in the United States. The main collection consists of over 550,000 volumes, as well as current journal subscriptions and a wealth of electronic resources. The Malloch Rare Book Room houses a significant portion of the rare book collection, in addition to many of the secondary sources related to the history of medicine and the history of books and printing. These materials are available for use as part of The New York Academy of Medicine's commitment to enhancing the health of the public and to promoting scholarship in the history of medicine and public health.
The New York Academy of Medicine is the National Program Office for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program is based on the principle that progress in the field of population health depends upon multidisciplinary collaboration and exchange. Its goal is to produce leaders who will change the questions asked, the methods employed to analyze problems, and the range of solutions to reduce population health disparities and improve the health of all Americans.
The NYAM Conference Center
Built in 1926, the building on Fifth Avenue is designed in the early Romanesque style with a magnificent marble and bronze lobby. The facilities include a recently renovated conference level, a 500 fixed-seat theatre-style auditorium, a wood-paneled board room and several multipurpose function rooms.
The Library Reading Room is the ideal space for a gala, formal reception, wedding or larger meeting. Boasting tranquil views of Central Park, the Library Reading Room contains painted vaulted ceilings and is adorned with two grand bronze chandeliers. The Library Reading Room has a permanent baby grand piano.
The New York Academy of Medicine is conveniently located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Museum Mile across the street from Central Park. Located at 1216 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street. The entrance is on 103rd Street.