Department Co-Hosts Population Health Summit

‘Working across sectors to address social determinants’ theme of 4th annual event

Wednesday, December 28 2016

The Department of Population Health on December 12, 2016, co-sponsored with the New York State Health Foundation and The New York Academy of Medicine the fourth annual Population Health Summit, "Working Across Sectors to Address Social Determinants of Health."

The event, which took place at the New York Academy of Medicine, seeks to deepen and extend the understanding of ongoing efforts in New York State and nationally that demonstrate effective collaboration between health care and other sectors to advance population health. Marc Gourevitch, MD, MPH, moderates a panel at the Fourth Annual Population Health Summit

This year's summit featured a diverse set of national and New York State leaders who discussed the innovative ways that they are addressing the social determinants of health in their health care and population health activities.

Marc Gourevitch, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Population Health, moderated a panel called: “Population Health: What’s [Affordable] Housing Got to Do With It?” Speakers including Larry McReynolds, the president of NYU Lutheran Family Health Care Centers, discussed how to match patients seeking frequent care with affordable, stable housing in New York City.

NYU Lutheran has firsthand experience, having sponsored and built three rent subsidized senior citizen apartment complexes serving the residents of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and opening 725 additional rent subsidized units for seniors. Healthcare, rehabilitation, caregiver support, wellness programming, and a continuum of social services are co-located in the buildings, according to McReynolds.

View a full webcast recording of the summit and speaker conference presentations.

Strong Presence at Poster Session

For the first time, the summit included a poster session, featuring nearly 55 posters. Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Population Health were involved in at least 15 posters, many of them collaborative efforts that demonstrated the breadth of work going on in the areas of housing, obesity, homelessness, occupational health, smoking cessation in Asian American communities, and helping small primary care practices incorporate best practices for cardiovascular disease prevention.

One poster by first year medical student James H. Williams and Kelly M. Doran, MD, MHS, identified the most common social needs of patients who visit the emergency room, which included housing insecurity and homelessness, food insecurity, and employment.

Another by Amy Freeman, PhD, Sue Kaplan, JD, and colleagues describes a promising “Health+Housing” community health worker model. Freeman and Kaplan of the Department of Population Health have begun a program to connect residents of low-income housing to services that may improve quality of life and potentially lower their use of the emergency room, working with with the Henry Street Settlement, the Neighborhood Resource Center, NYU Wagner, and the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.

Following is a list of posters with Department of Population Health authors:

  • Social Determinants of Health Among Emergency Department Patients: A Systematic Review James H. Williams, Kelly M. Doran
  • “Doctor’s Orders!” Implementing an Innovative Program to Tackle Obesity in the South Bronx through Vegetable and Fruit Prescriptions Margaret Paul, with The Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH
  • Cross-system Collaboration to Develop a Homelessness Prevention Screening Tool and Social Determinants of Health Registry for Emergency Department Patients Kelly Doran, Donna Shelley, Donna Castelblanco, with Department of Emergency Medicine, New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence and NYU Silver School of Social Work
  • Methods and Feasibility of Implementing an Electronic Health Record Intervention in Small New York City (NYC) Primary Care Practices: Project IMPACT (Implementing Million Hearts for Provider and Community Transformation) Priscilla M. Lopez, Lorna E. Thorpe, Jennifer Zanowiak, and Nadia Islam with Health First and NYU-CUNY Prevention Research Center
  • Using Practice Facilitation in Primary Care Settings to Reduce Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease: Baseline Analysis Batel Blechter, Keith Goldfeld, Eva Petkova, Carolyn Berry, Nina Siman, and Donna Shelley
  • Practice Facilitation to Advance Practice Transformation in NYS Federally Qualified Health Centers Diane Ferran, Sonia Panigrahy, Ava Rose, Meital Fried-Almog, Mercy Mbogori, Allison Pastel, Donna Shelley.
  • New Directions in Population Health Surveillance: the Creation and Validation of the NYC Macroscope, an Electronic Health Record-Based Surveillance System Lorna Thorpe with the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • Gender and Race Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors among New York City Adults: New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013-2014) Lorna E. Thorpe, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, Rania Kanchi, Nadia Islam, Azizi Seixas, with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and CUNY School of Public Health
  • Implementing a CHW Program that Addresses Social Determinants of Health in Low-Income Housing in NYC: The Health + Housing Pilot Project Amy Freeman, Mia Li, Sue Kaplan, Marc N. Gourevitch, and Kelly Doran with the Henry Street Settlement, Neighborhood Resource Center and NYU Wagner, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy
  • Health Status of Adult Residents of Low-income Housing in NYC Compared with Citywide Data: a Pilot Project Amy Freeman, Sue Kaplan, Mia Li, Hai Nguyen, Marc N. Gourevitch, and Kelly Doran
  • NYU Langone Medical Center Community Service Plan Partnership with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE): Smoking Cessation Navigator Program 2016 Seongeun Chun, Ebony Scott, Sue Kaplan, and Donna Shelley with Asian Americans for Equality
  • Prevalence and Correlates of Smoking Among Low-Income Adults Residing in New York City Public Housing Developments – 2015 Alexis Feinberg, Priscilla Lopez, Nadia Islam, Donna Shelley, Lorna Thorpe, with CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Addressing Social Determinants Among Families At NYC Health+Hospitals Pediatric Clinics Gabriella Hermosi, Barbara Tagliaferro, Marian Krauskopf, Kelly Quinn, and Carolyn Berry
  • Case Studies in Occupational Health from the Bellevue/NYU Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic George Friedman-Jimenez, Honghong Luo, Latoya Skerrette, Andrea Thompson, with NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and NYU School of Medicine Departments of Medicine and Environmental Medicine
  • Characteristics of Participants in a Place-Based Community Health Worker Intervention for Public Housing Residents with Chronic Conditions in East/Central Harlem Nadia Islam, Priscilla Lopez, Alexis Feinberg, and Lorna Thorpe with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Improving Occupational Health for Immigrant Working Populations in New York City Honghong Luo, Latoya Skerrette, Andrea Thompson, Susan Richman, George Friedman-Jimenez, with NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and the NYU School of Medicine Departments of Medicine and Environmental Medicine