Mobilizing the Community for Better Health: What the Rest of America Can Learn from Northern Manhattan

Mobilizing the Community for Better Health: What the Rest of America Can Learn from Northern Manhattan

By: Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero (editor), Allan Formicola (editor)Paperback

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From 1999 to 2009, The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative put Columbia University and its Medical Center in touch with surrounding community organizations and churches to facilitate access to primary care, nutritional improvement, and smoking cessation, and to broker innovative ways to access healthcare and other social services. This unlikely partnership and the relationships it forged reaffirms the wisdom of joining "town and gown" to improve a community's well-being. Staff members of participating organizations have coauthored this volume, which shares the successes, failures, and obstacles of implementing a vast community health program. A representative of Alianza Dominicana, for example, one of the country's largest groups settling new immigrants, speaks to the value of community-based organizations in ridding a neighborhood of crime, facilitating access to health insurance, and navigating the healthcare system. The editors outline the beginnings and infrastructure of the collaboration and the relationship between leaders that fueled positive outcomes. Their portrait demonstrates how grassroots solutions can create productive dialogues that help resolve difficult issues.

About Author

Allan J. Formicola is dean emeritus of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and founder of the university's Center for Community Health Partnerships, which has now merged with the Center for Family and Community Medicine. Over the past two decades, he and his colleagues have developed far reaching programs to improve general and oral health care for underserved communities. Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero is an assistant professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Center for Youth Violence Prevention's CLIMB (City Life is Moving Bodies) project, which works with northern Manhattan-based organizations to promote youth development, physical activity, stewardship, and social capital through community mobilization.


List of Figures List of Tables Foreword by Gail Christopher Acknowledgments Part I: Beginnings Introduction: The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative Allan J. Formicola and Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 1. Creating the Collaborative Foundation Allan J. Formicola, Moises Perez, and James McIntosh 2. The Collaborative Structure and the Challenges We Faced Sandra Harris Part II: Promoting Health and Primary Care 3. Community Health Workers: A Successful Strategy for Restoring the Health of a Community Moises Perez, Jacqueline Martinez, and Laura Frye 4. Asthma Basics for Children (ABC): Building an Asthma Support System from the Ground Up Sally E. Findley with Gloria Thomas, Rosa Madera-Reese, Maria Lizardo, Mario Drummonds, and Benjamin Ortiz 5. Start Right Coalition: Building on Community Initiatives for Childhood Immunization Promotion Sally E. Findley with Martha Sanchez, Miriam Mejia, Mario Drummonds, and Matilde Irigoyen 6. The Legacy Smoking-Cessation Project Cheryl Ragonesi, Martin Ovalles, and Daniel F. Seidman Part III: Strengthening the Safety Net 7. Salud a Su Alcance (SASA): Health Within Your Reach Anita Lee 8. Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE): Making Health Care Resources a Mouse Click Away Yisel Alonzo 9. HealthGap and the NMCVC's Effort to Cover the Uninsured Harris K. (Ken) Lampert 10. Healthy Choices: Mobilizing Community Assets to Combat the Twin Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes Jacqueline Martinez and Yisel Alonzo Part IV: Providing Dental and Mental Health Care 11. Columbia Community DentCare Program Stephen Marshall, David Albert, and Dennis Mitchell 12. Mental Health Policy Paper: Giving Voice to a Neglected Epidemic Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 13. The Thelma C. Davidson Adair Medical/Dental Center Allan J. Formicola Part V: Summing Up and Scaling Up 14. Summing Up Allan J. Formicola and Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 15. Scaling Up Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero, Susan Sturm, Kathleen Klink, and Allan J. Formicola Epilogue Acronyms Used in the Book List of Contributors Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231151672
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780231151672
  • ISBN10: 0231151675

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