Community Service Plan
NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health is committed to developing and implementing effective approaches to health promotion and disease prevention at the community level. In partnership with the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, we have led the NYU Langone Health Community Health Needs Assessment and served as the architects for the Community Service Plan. This plan brings together a collection of coordinated, evidence-based programs designed to prevent chronic diseases by reducing risk factors for obesity and cardiovascular disease and decreasing tobacco use, and to promote healthy women, infants, and children through parenting, early childhood, and teen pregnancy prevention programs.
Our work and our partnerships are centered in Chinatown and on the Lower East Side in Manhattan and in Sunset Park and Red Hook in Brooklyn.
In partnership with many community-based organizations, and with the state and city health departments, we have programs that span multiple sectors, including community-based early childhood education settings and schools, primary care, housing, and community settings, including faith-based organizations and social service providers.
Read the full Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Service Plan.
Community-Based Chronic Disease Prevention Programs
Our work includes a variety of programs focused on using a community-based approach to prevent chronic disease.
Tobacco Free Community
Tobacco Free Community comprises an array of programs to address high smoking rates among immigrant populations—particularly Asian American men—including a community navigator program, a pilot financial incentive program, and a policy initiative to facilitate access to smoking cessation treatment and to reduce children’s exposure to secondhand smoke. These programs are being implemented in partnership with Asian Americans for Equality, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, and the New York City Housing Authority.
The Health+Housing Project, a housing-based community health worker program, was implemented in two low-income buildings on the Lower East Side and is being continued by building management, in partnership with Henry Street Settlement.
Healthy Habits/Programa de Hábitos Saludables
Healthy Habits/Programa de Hábitos Saludables, an intervention that encourages healthier living in order to address obesity in preadolescent children, uses group education and activities for the entire family and is being implemented in Family Health Centers at NYU Langone sites and in school settings.
Greenlight, a program to improve health literacy and foster healthful behavior, is being adapted and implemented in partnership with the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center to lower rates of childhood obesity in the Chinese American community and is now being extended to the Seventh Avenue Family Health Center at NYU Langone in Sunset Park.
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans Program
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health for Asian Americans (REACH FAR) is an evidence-based program designed to prevent cardiovascular disease by increasing access to healthy foods and providing culturally tailored health coaching and messages. The program is being implemented in mosques on the Lower East Side and in Sunset Park. These sites are also implementing a program led by lay health workers to screen for breast and cervical cancer.
Promoting the Health of Women, Infants, and Children
The Community Service Plan’s work includes a variety of programs focused on promoting the health of women, infants, and children.
ParentChild+, a national, evidence-based early literacy, parenting, and school-readiness program, is being expanded in Sunset Park to serve additional low-income immigrant families. The program provides intensive home visiting to families who are challenged by poverty, low levels of education, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles, and with children between the ages of 2 and 4 years old.
Video Interaction Project
The Video Interaction Project (VIP), an evidence-based parenting program that uses videotaping and developmentally appropriate toys, books, and resources to help parents strengthen early development and literacy in their children, is being expanded into Sunset Park.
Project SAFE, a peer education program employing an evidence-based youth development approach to preventing teen pregnancy and HIV infection and AIDS, is being implemented in Sunset Park and other Brooklyn communities.
ParentCorps, an evidence-based, family-centered early childhood intervention designed to improve child health, behavior, and learning, is being implemented throughout New York City as an enhancement to the city’s Pre-K for All program. The program is being continued with University Settlement Society on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn, and we are expanding our efforts to assess needs and provide digital supports for parenting skills beginning in Pre-K for All in Sunset Park and Red Hook.
Working with communities, our faculty and staff engage in cross-sector capacity–building initiatives.
Brooklyn Health and Housing Consortium
Growing out of the Community Service Plan’s Health+Housing Project, we launched the Brooklyn Health and Housing Consortium to develop relationships and infrastructure, and build capacity to support people with health and housing needs, with an initial focus on southwest Brooklyn.
Community Health Worker Research and Resource Center
We have established the Community Health Worker Research and Resource Center (CHW-RRC) to serve as a resource to community-based organizations, health systems, municipal agencies, and research organizations that are planning, or seeking to strengthen, CHW initiatives. The CHW-RRC will help develop, support, and evaluate programs that use lay health workers to enhance care, link services, and improve community health.
Brooklyn Data Station
The Brooklyn Data Station supports partnerships and fosters collaborations that aim to improve population health in Sunset Park, Red Hook, and other parts of Brooklyn. The data station serves as a shared data and resource repository, supporting a knowledge network and a forum to translate findings into action to improve health.
Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment in Red Hook, Brooklyn
The Red Hook Community Health Network initiative will address residents’ health and social service needs through organizational capacity building and linkage to resources within and beyond Red Hook. The initiative is being designed in close partnership with The Alex House Project, Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Community Justice Center, and Red Hook Initiative following an in-depth Red Hook Community Health Needs and Assets Assessment completed in fall 2018.
Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Recognizing the strong connection between health status and socioeconomic factors, we are developing an initiative to address social determinants of health, which will pilot a system throughout the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone network to provide assessment, referral, and follow-up services, engaging a wide array of community agencies, including economic development and legal services.
Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff work in partnership with communities to develop and implement effective approaches to health promotion and disease prevention.
Sue A. Kaplan, JD
Director, Community Service Plan
Research Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine
Vice President, Community-Based Programs, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Amy Freeman, PhD, MPH
Jennifer Norton, PhD
Senior Data Analyst
Coordinator, Community Health Initiatives, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Laurie M. Brotman, PhD
Director, Center for Early Childhood Health and Development and ParentCorps
The Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Early Childhood Development, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Michelle Currie, MS
Director, Community Benefit Evaluation, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Kelly M. Doran, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health and Ronald O. Perelman Department of Emergency Medicine
Rebecca Gallager, LMSW
Senior Director, Youth and Adolescent Services, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Nadia S. Islam, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health
Nan Jiang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
Sahnah Lim, PhD, MPH, MIA
Coordinator, Sunset Park Family Literacy Programs, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Alan L. Mendelsohn, MD
Director of Clinical Research, Divisions of General Pediatrics and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health
Michelle Nees, MPH
Director, Adolescent Health Education, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Antoinette M. Schoenthaler, EdD
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine
Director, Children and Family Services, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Orianne Sharir, MPH, LMSW
Director, Program Development and Evaluation, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine
MD Taher, MPH
Project Coordinator, Section for Health Equity
Shonna Yin, MD, MSc
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health
If you have questions about the Community Service plan, please contact Ms. Kaplan, plan director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.