NYU Langone Medical Center Partners with Community Organizations to Improve City Health

Community Service Plan group photoUnder New York State and federal law, all not-for-profit hospitals are required to conduct a community health needs assessment and to develop a plan to address high priority health issues identified through this process. Following an analysis of the needs and assets of the community districts in lower Manhattan, NYU Langone selected Manhattan’s Community District 3 (CD 3), which encompasses the Lower East Side and Chinatown, as the core focus of our Community Service Plan. With its large Latino and Asian American populations, high percentage of immigrants, and wide disparities in income, Community District 3 is a microcosm of the social, economic, and linguistic diversity of New York City.

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.