Community Service Plan News



November 11, 2015

Despite struggles with anxiety and post-partum depression, Cristina was determined to parent her child differently from how she was raised. She needed support and ideas. Fortunately, the Community Service Plan partner University Settlement Society linked Cristina to ParentCorps. ParentCorps was developed by the Center for Early Childhood Health and Development at NYU Langone Medical Center to help parents, teachers and childcare workers provide safe, predictable and nurturing environments for children and to strengthen home-school connections. ParentCorps creates a supportive and inspiring space for families to come together, share ideas and learn about the science of parenting and early childhood development. Parents set goals based on their cultural values and beliefs, and try new strategies to help children learn social and emotional skills (like taking turns, using words to express feelings, calming bodies when upset), develop healthy habits (like eating a variety of foods and getting enough active play and sleep). Together, these skills build the foundation for a happy, healthy and successful future.

Cristina’s ParentCorps group became a “family,” assuring her that she is not alone and giving her the confidence that she is “a better mother.”


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November 10, 2015

In partnership with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), experts from the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Use in NYU Langone Medical Center’s Department of Population Health are implementing a community navigator model to reach smokers and link them to smoking cessation resources. Through its work and its history of smoking cessation outreach, AAFE has learned some invaluable lessons. We sat down for a Q&A session with Flora Ferng, Director of Community Outreach, and Ken Ho, Program Coordinator, to share some of their insights.


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November 09, 2015

Our Community Service Plan takes a family-centered, multi-sector approach to reducing risk factors for obesity, heart disease and cancer in Community District 3, with a particular focus on reducing the high rates of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. Because of the role that social and cultural factors play in the development of chronic disease and in health behaviors, we have forged strong partnerships with community-based organizations, including the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, University Settlement Society, Asian Americans for Equality, and more recently, Two Bridges Neighborhood Council, Henry Street Settlement, and the Hester Street Collaborative.

Each partner brings its own expertise derived from decades of work in the community. Clinicians and researchers at NYU Langone bring expertise on population health and evidence-based interventions to their work with our partners. Together, we have built a structure and set of relationships to support health promotion and disease prevention at the neighborhood level, with a focus on issues of high priority to the public’s health.


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November 09, 2015

Tthe Department of Pediatrics at NYU Langone Medical Center, in partnership with the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, has adapted an evidence-based program that teaches families about healthy eating and activity in order to prevent early childhood obesity in the Chinese American community. The Greenlight program, which was developed in settings that serve predominantly low-income black and Hispanic families, trains pediatricians how to communicate with families using toolkits that contain culturally-tailored educational materials for people with low literacy.


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