Reworking Well being in a Low-Earnings Group in NYC


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New York, NY, October 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Transforming health and addressing health inequalities in low-income communities is a significant challenge that requires multi-sector investment and collaboration. A new study conducted by New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) researchers on the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative in the South Bronx, published in the Journal of Urban Health, found that this type of collaboration has the potential to improve a person’s health to improve community. The initiative’s successful approach includes introducing new resources, strengthening local partnerships and improving access to health programs and services.

“NYAM’s assessment of the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative demonstrates the benefits of health care partnerships that work closely with community organizations and residents to improve access and resources, build healthier communities, and reduce long-standing inequalities,” said Dr. Judith A. Salerno, President of NYAM. MD, MS. “This approach is in line with NYAM’s belief that changing systems, removing barriers, and creating access are essential to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to live healthy lives.”

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers from the NYAM Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR) conducted a two-year assessment of the Claremont Healthy Village Initiative (CHVI), a partnership with BronxCare (a local hospital), Healthfirst (a nonprofit health insurance company) and nearly 20 nonprofits. Founded in 2012, CHVI is a pioneering partnership addressing the broader determinants of health in the Claremont / Morrisania neighborhood of the South Bronx. Claremont is a low-income community with disproportionately high health rates (22% of Claremont adults have diabetes and 36% are obese) and premature mortality (life expectancy is 5 years below NYC average at 76.2 years).

NYAM’s assessment of CHVI showed positive results at a structural level, including strengthened partnerships. increased visibility, recognition and connections for local organizations, including with policy makers; and access to funding and resources that will enable these organizations to provide more services to the community. In addition, more than half of the community members surveyed surveyed improvements in access to health services, healthy eating opportunities, and activities for teenagers, all of which were key components of the CHVI programming effort.

“Healthfirst continues to be committed to optimal health outcomes as it is part of this healthy village,” said Dr. Susan J. Beane, Executive Medical Director, Clinical Partnerships, Healthfirst. “At the start of the project, we found that we couldn’t dictate what the community needs to be most effective. So the program grew organically by listening to residents how we could best build healthier lives with them and provide tools, resources, and programs. The results encourage us to advance efforts to improve access and justice by working with the communities we serve. “

“CHVI is focused on improving well-being through collaboration between different sectors and organizations – large and small, local and citywide,” said Linda Weiss, director of the Center for Evaluation and Applied Research at NYAM. “Our evaluation results suggest that the approach has successfully fostered natural synergies and connections, bringing additional resources and recognition to a community that has been exposed to decades of divestment. We hope and expect that others can use the information to empower local initiatives and their own community work. “

About the New York Academy of Medicine
The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) studies the barriers that prevent individuals from living healthy lives. NYAM generates the knowledge needed to change the systems that prevent people from accessing what they need to eat healthy, such as: B. safe and affordable housing, healthy eating, health care and more. Through its high-profile program for the general public, targeted symposiums for health professionals, and its base of dedicated fellows and members, NYAM engages the minds and hearts of those who also care about advancing health justice to make health for all maximize.

About Healthfirst
Healthfirst is New York’s largest not-for-profit health insurer and earns the trust of 1.5 million members by providing access to affordable health care. Healthfirst’s unique benefit, sponsored by the leading hospitals in New York State, comes from its mission to put members first by working closely with their broad network of providers to achieve common goals . Healthfirst prides itself on pioneering the value-based care model that is now recognized as a national best practice. For nearly 30 years, Healthfirst has built a reputation in the community for quality products and services that New Yorkers can depend on. It has grown significantly to meet member needs and offers market leading products for every stage of life, including Medicaid plans, Medicare Advantage plans, long term care plans, qualified health plans, and individual and small group plans. Healthfirst serves members in New York City and Long Island, and Westchester, Sullivan, and Orange counties. For more information on Healthfirst, visit

About the BronxCare healthcare system
With 859 beds and more than 4,500 employees, BronxCare is the largest voluntary, non-profit health and teaching hospital system for southern and central Bronx. The hospital’s two main departments, comprehensive psychiatric and chemical addiction programs, long-term care facilities, and an extensive outpatient network provide quality and accessible services to the community. BronxCare is now one of the largest outpatient providers in New York City, with nearly one million visits a year. The emergency room also responds to 141,000 visits, one of the busiest in New York.

Kiri Oliver The New York Academy of Medicine 212-822-7278 Elise Titan Healthfirst 718-484-5454

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