Solution for Health: Use the New York Cancer Project as a model to launch studies on asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity, harnessing our City’s biotech and hospital resources.

Issue: 
Health
Solution: 
Use the New York Cancer Project as a model to launch studies on asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity, harnessing our City’s biotech and hospital resources.
Explanation: 

In 1999 the New York Cancer Project -- involving 25 medical schools, academic health centers, and major medical research institutions in New York -- began a 20 year study on New Yorkers to better understand genetic and environmental factors that increase cancer risk. Let’s launch similar initiatives to better understand asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity, using funding from the federal government to build biomedical research capacity, expand local skilled employment, and learn valuable information on diseases that affect numerous New Yorkers.

Source: 
Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, "Change for New York: 100 Ideas for a Better City," 2009.
Organization: 
Mark Green for New York Public Advocate