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

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For the past ten years, The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative has put Columbia University and its hospitals in touch with surrounding community organizations and churches to facilitate vaccines, dental care, and nutritional improvement, along with other forms of healthcare and support. As the nation begins to recognize the importance of prevention, this unlikely yet enduring partnership reaffirms the wisdom of joining "town and gown" to improve the well-being of ...

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For the past ten years, The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative has put Columbia University and its hospitals in touch with surrounding community organizations and churches to facilitate vaccines, dental care, and nutritional improvement, along with other forms of healthcare and support. As the nation begins to recognize the importance of prevention, this unlikely yet enduring partnership reaffirms the wisdom of joining "town and gown" to improve the well-being of a community.

Each chapter in this volume is authored by a staff member of a participating institution, and altogether they share the successes, failures, and stumbling blocks of implementing such a vast and delicate program. A representative of Alianza Dominicana, for example, one of the country's largest groups for settling new immigrants, speaks to the value of community-based organizations in ridding a neighborhood of crime& mdash;a vital step in the plan to move forward. Allan Formicola and Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero outline the beginnings and infrastructure of the collaboration and the relationship between leaders that fueled its positive outcomes. Their portrait demonstrates how grassroots solutions can mutually benefit communities as well as institutions and yield productive dialogues about difficult issues.

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Editorial Reviews

Toba Schwaber Kerson
this is an excellent read about an enormous and highly commendable public health effort in a poor, multi-cultural, and beleaguered community.
Social Work in Health Care
this is an excellent read about an enormous and highly commendable public health effort in a poor, multi-cultural, and beleaguered community.

— Toba Schwaber Kerson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231151665
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Allan Formicola is a former dean 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.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 physical activity, stewardship, and social capital through community mobilization.

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Table of Contents

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 Hernández-Cordero
1. Creating the Collaborative Foundation Allan J. Formicola, Moisés Pérez, 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 Moisés Pérez, Jacqueline Martínez, 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, María Lizardo, Mario Drummonds, and Benjamin Ortiz
5. Start Right Coalition: Building on Community Initiatives for Childhood Immunization Promotion Sally E. Findley with Martha Sánchez, Miriam Mejía, 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 Martínez 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 Hernández-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 Hernández-Cordero
15. Scaling Up Lourdes Hernández-Cordero, Susan Sturm, Kathleen Klink, and Allan J. Formicola Epilogue Acronyms Used in the Book List of Contributors Index

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