In 2004 and 2013, NYC HANES measured the health of adults living throughout New York City. With data and bio-specimens for more than 3,500 New Yorkers across the two time periods, we are now pleased to offer these data to researchers around the world.

Since the 2004 survey was completed, more than 20 academic articles have been published. Now we invite researchers in public health, medicine and other fields to download the most recent dataset or submit a proposal to receive specimens for your own  research. Read More


NYC HANES is a representative health survey of NYC adult residents that includes a detailed health interview and brief physical exam. The survey was most recently conducted by the City University of New York School of Public Health (CUNY SPH) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) in 2013-2014. In 2004, the NYC DOHMH conducted the first NYC HANES. NYC HANES is modeled after a similar national survey – the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) – which has been conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics for more than 35 years.Data and biospecimens collected as part of NYC HANES are available to health researchers and policy makers through our public use resources contained on this website.

The NYC HANES is an initiative within the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center, which is housed jointly in the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and NYU School of Medicine. The NYU-CUNY PRC has been instrumental in managing the NYC HANES, a local version of the National HANES, an important health survey begun by the federal government in the 1960s.

NYC HANES 2013-2014 was conducted by CUNY SPH and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Post-data collection support has been provided by NYU School of Medicine.

CUNY SPH works with communities, nonprofits, private groups, and government agencies to help people live healthier lives. It conducts research and creates new models of public health education and practice to solve urban health problems. It is part of the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban public university.

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the world’s oldest and largest public health agencies, protects and promotes the health of New Yorkers. In recent years, the agency has undertaken a number of innovative policy and program initiatives to improve health, including a comprehensive tobacco control program, the elimination of trans fats in restaurant food, a requirement for chain restaurants to post calorie information on menu boards, and the development of an extensive electronic health record network.

Two principal investigators lead 2013 NYC HANES:

Lorna Thorpe, PhD

Lorna Thorpe is professor and Division Director of Epidemiology at the NYU School of Medicine Department of Population Health. Her research areas include the epidemiology of chronic disease prevention and management and modernizing public health surveillance as well as a specific interest in the health of public housing residents. In addition to leading NYC HANES, she is also co-principal investigator of the NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease disparities through evaluation of community-clinical linkage initiatives. Dr Thorpe led data collection for NYC HANES while serving as director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program at the CUNY School of Public Health (2009-2016). Before her arrival at CUNY SPH in late 2009, Dr. Thorpe spent eight years at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and served as Deputy Commissioner of the Epidemiology Division.

Dr. Thorpe previously was a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention field chronic disease epidemiologist, and she began her CDC career as an epidemic intelligence service officer in international tuberculosis control. Dr. Thorpe completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, MPH at the University of Michigan, and BA at Johns Hopkins University. She has lived and worked internationally and has published widely on chronic and infectious disease topics.

Sharon Perlman, MPH

Sharon Perlman is the Director of Special Projects for the Division of Epidemiology at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  In this capacity, she leads large-scale intra-agency projects; manages the development and execution of surveys; analyzes the potential impact of proposed public health interventions; and oversees and leads research studies, data analysis, and the development of peer-reviewed publications on diverse health topics, including influenza, school health, diabetes, and the health effects of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Ms. Perlman joined the Health Department in March 2007 as a research assistant to Dr. Thomas Frieden, a former commissioner. Prior to joining the department, Ms. Perlman founded and ran an editing business for nearly ten years. Ms. Perlman completed her MPH at Columbia University and BA at Cornell University.

In addition to the two principal investigators, the CUNY School of Public Health has a NYC HANES site investigator:

Katarzyna Wyka, PHD

Katarzyna Wyka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY GSPHHP). She also holds an adjunct academic appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College.  Dr. Wyka’s expertise is the study design and statistical methods for public health research, with a focus on mental health statistics. Her collaborative work includes projects in mental and physical health consequences of trauma exposure, chronic diseases, physical activity and nutrition.

Dr. Wyka completed her graduate degrees in Mathematics at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland and in Statistics at Hunter College, New York. She received her doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, with specialization in Quantitative Methods in Educational and Psychological Research from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Support for NYC HANES was primarily provided by the de Beaumont Foundation with additional support from Robin Hood, the New York State Health Foundation, Quest Diagnostics, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Ongoing support is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under award number U48DP005008 (New York University-City University of New York Prevention Research Center).

de Beaumont Foundation

The de Beaumont Foundation believes that a strong public health system is essential. Through strategic and engaged grant making, the Foundation is working to transform the practice of public health by building the capacity and stature of the public health workforce, encouraging collaboration between health departments, and improving communication with the public, especially through the use of technology.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change.

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supports four national grant-making programs. Its mission is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood is New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful results for families in New York’s poorest neighborhoods. Over its 25 year history, Robin Hood has distributed more than $1.25 billion to hundreds of New York City-based soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job training programs, and other vital services that give New York’s neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives for themselves and their families. In addition, Robin Hood’s board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of donations go directly to organizations helping New Yorkers in need.

New York State Health Foundation

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Today, NYSHealth concentrates its work in three strategic priority areas: expanding health care coverage, improving diabetes prevention, and advancing primary care. The Foundation is committed to making grants; informing health care policy and practice; spreading effective programs to improve the health system; serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State; and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.

Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics provides crucial diagnostic information that supports and enhances decisions people make to improve patients’ health.

The CUNY School of Public Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene conducted NYC HANES in partnership with the Fund for Public Health in New York and the Research Foundation of the City University of New York.

The Fund for Public Health in New York (FPHNY) is dedicated to the advancement of the health and well-being of all New York City residents. FPHNY works with the NYC Health Department to develop innovative, valuable and lasting public-private partnerships that increase the capacity and reach of the NYC Health Department.

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York (RFCUNY) is a not-for-profit educational corporation that manages private and government sponsored programs at The City University of New York (CUNY). Since 1963, RFCUNY has provided CUNY (and non-CUNY clients more recently) with the administrative infrastructure that supports sponsored program activities.

RTI International

RTI International conducted the 2013 NYC HANES survey under contract with the CUNY School of Public Health.