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List of Figures List of Tables Foreword by Gail Christopher Acknowledgments Part I: Beginnings Introduction: The Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative Allan J. Formicola and Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 1. Creating the Collaborative Foundation Allan J. Formicola, Moises Perez, and James McIntosh 2. The Collaborative Structure and the Challenges We Faced Sandra Harris Part II: Promoting Health and Primary Care 3. Community Health Workers: A Successful Strategy for Restoring the Health of a Community Moises Perez, Jacqueline Martinez, and Laura Frye 4. Asthma Basics for Children (ABC): Building an Asthma Support System from the Ground Up Sally E. Findley with Gloria Thomas, Rosa Madera-Reese, Maria Lizardo, Mario Drummonds, and Benjamin Ortiz 5. Start Right Coalition: Building on Community Initiatives for Childhood Immunization Promotion Sally E. Findley with Martha Sanchez, Miriam Mejia, Mario Drummonds, and Matilde Irigoyen 6. The Legacy Smoking-Cessation Project Cheryl Ragonesi, Martin Ovalles, and Daniel F. Seidman Part III: Strengthening the Safety Net 7. Salud a Su Alcance (SASA): Health Within Your Reach Anita Lee 8. Health Information Tool for Empowerment (HITE): Making Health Care Resources a Mouse Click Away Yisel Alonzo 9. HealthGap and the NMCVC's Effort to Cover the Uninsured Harris K. (Ken) Lampert 10. Healthy Choices: Mobilizing Community Assets to Combat the Twin Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes Jacqueline Martinez and Yisel Alonzo Part IV: Providing Dental and Mental Health Care 11. Columbia Community DentCare Program Stephen Marshall, David Albert, and Dennis Mitchell 12. Mental Health Policy Paper: Giving Voice to a Neglected Epidemic Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 13. The Thelma C. Davidson Adair Medical/Dental Center Allan J. Formicola Part V: Summing Up and Scaling Up 14. Summing Up Allan J. Formicola and Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero 15. Scaling Up Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero, Susan Sturm, Kathleen Klink, and Allan J. Formicola Epilogue Acronyms Used in the Book List of Contributors Index

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As we move to reform our health system, lessons from the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Program will be invaluable-lessons in collaboration, partnership, mutual respect, and learning. -- David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health The story of the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative contains lessons for health practitioners, public policy experts, and all who care about the health of underserved communities. The ambitions of the project were huge, and not everything worked as planned or was sustained after initial funding expired. Yet the vision of Community Voices, with all its preventive and treatment components, represents the best of American health care. The lessons shared should be of value to all who wish to improve the health of the public. -- Steven A. Schroeder, University of California, San Francisco, and former president, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

About the Author

Allan J. Formicola is dean emeritus of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and founder of the university's Center for Community Health Partnerships, which has now merged with the Center for Family and Community Medicine. Over the past two decades, he and his colleagues have developed far reaching programs to improve general and oral health care for underserved communities. Lourdes Hernandez-Cordero is an assistant professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. She directs the Center for Youth Violence Prevention's CLIMB (City Life is Moving Bodies) project, which works with northern Manhattan-based organizations to promote youth development, physical activity, stewardship, and social capital through community mobilization.


"An excellent read about an enormous and highlycommendable public health effort in a poor, multi-cultural, and beleagueredcommunity." -- Toba Schwaber Kerson, DSW, PhD, Bryn Mawr College this is an excellent read about an enormous and highly commendable public health effort in a poor, multi-cultural, and beleaguered community. -- Toba Schwaber Kerson Social Work in Health Care

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