The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Ambulatory Care Network's Community and Faith-Based Partnership Program, partners with community and faith-based organizations to improve the health of members in its communities. This important undertaking provides a number of health care and health promotion services.
The Program aims to develop partnerships with faith-based and community-based organizations in Harlem, Northern Manhattan, and the Bronx that desire to improve the health of their members, neighbors, and community. Members of these groups expand the dialogue to members in other groups, therefore transforming and revitalizing the community's approaches to disease prevention and health promotion.
In 2013-2014, the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN) of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) partnered with churches and community organizations to develop Building Bridges, Building Knowledge, Building Health (BBKH). BBKH's goal is to work with churches and other community organizations to connect church and community members to healthcare resources, including primary care and education, in order to improve the health of our neighborhoods. Presently, BBKH works in Harlem, Northern Manhattan, and the Bronx.
Founded by Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership, the United Methodist Church and NYP, BBKH is the Hospital's signature faith-based program. Today it is made up of fourteen members – religious, non-religious, and of different faiths – who use their combined resources and impact to extend needed services to the communities they serve.
Started in 2005, the Day of Hope is an annual event organized by BBKH and the NYP/ACN Outreach Program. The event takes place in East Harlem and provides free health screenings, information, counseling, and resources. In addition, medical referrals and health insurance information are available. Thanks to the involvement of different City agencies, health fair participants also learn about social services available through the City of New York. The event includes recreational activities for children and adults, including music and dance for all.
Thanks to the participation of many NYP doctors, nurses, and staff, the Community Outreach Program also supports the efforts of other local churches and community organizations by providing health education, screenings, and workshops at their health events. To invite us to a health event, please contact Deborah Acevedo, RN at firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests must be submitted two to three months in advance; our participation is contingent on staff availability.
The Ambulatory Care Network of NewYork-Presbyterian is proud to work with all of the following programs to carry out this work:
We also partner with many local nursing schools, including Columbia University, New York University, Hunter College, and Long Island University, to provide volunteer and learning opportunities in the community under the supervision and guidance of a Registered Nurse Coordinator.
For more information on our Faith-Based Programs or to inquire about attending a BBKH coalition meeting, please contact: Deborah Acevedo, RN 212-304-6481 or via email at email@example.com.