Community Programs and Services

NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network

Community and Faith-Based Program

The NewYork-Presbyterian Ambulatory Care Network's Community and Faith-Based 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.

Mission and Goals

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.

Faith-Based Programs

In 2013-2014, the Ambulatory Care Network (ACN) of New York-Presbyterian (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.

Our Members

  • Bethel Gospel Assembly
  • Cathedral of St. John the Divine
  • Centro Altagracia de Fe y Justicia
  • Clinical and Translational Science Center
  • La Puerta Estrecha Church
  • Mission of Hope Ministries
  • New Beginnings Church
  • New Creation Ministries
  • Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership
  • Open Hands Legal Services
  • The Bowery Mission - Men and Women's Programs
  • United Methodist Church
  • Van Nest Assembly of God
  • Young Lives Organizations

Annual Day of Hope

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.

Faith-Based Health Fairs

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 [email protected]. 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:

  • Affinity and Health Plus/Amerigroup Medicaid Manage Care Plans
  • Ambulatory Care Nutrition
  • Boriken Neighborhood Health Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Cancer Screening Program
  • Choosing Healthy and Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK)
  • Columbia College of Dental Medicine Hispanic Student Dental Association
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension
  • Fire Department of New York (FDNY)
  • Health 4 Life
  • Clinical Translational Science Center (CTSC)- Heart to Heart Program
  • New York College of Podiatric Medicine
  • NYC Commission on Human Rights
  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH)
  • New York Police Department (NYPD)
  • Open Hands Legal Services
  • Ready New York- NYC Office of Emergency Management
  • Rogosin Institute
  • Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute- HandsOnly CPR Program
  • Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute- Heart Smarts Program
  • VNSNY- Visiting Nurse Service of New York
  • Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine
  • William Randolph Hearst Burn Center
  • WIN for Health

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 646-317-5935 or via email at [email protected].