154085 Critical Success Factors of Community-Based Action, Planning, and Process: The Tale of the East Harlem Community Health Committee

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 12:45 PM

Ray Cornbill, EHCHC Co-Chair , Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Department of Community & Preventive Medicine, New York, NY
Ann-Gel Palermo , Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Mali Trilla, EHCHC Co-Chair , Settlement Health Center, New York, NY, NY
Erika Estades , Boriken Neighborhood Health Center, East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc., New York, NY
Pat Monahan , Family Health Services, Inc., Little Sisters of the Assumption, New York, NY
Guedy Arniella, LCSW , Department of Community Health and Outreach, Institute for Family Health, New York, NY
Barbara Brenner, DrPH, MSW , Deparment of Community and Preventive Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Eric Canales , Policy Work Group, Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, New York, NY
Janet Mintz , Metropolitan Hospital Center, Women, Infant, & Children Program Office, New York, NY
Jose Caraballo , Palladia, Incorporated, New York, NY
James O'Neal , Visiting Nurse Service of New York - VNS Choice, New York, NY
Simon Nzuzi , Community Health and Medicine, New York College of Podiatric Medicine, New York, NY
Sandra Talavera, LMSW , Senior Health Partners, New York, NY
In existence for over thirty years, the East Harlem Community Health Committee (EHCHC), a nonprofit grassroots community health coalition, has depended on “critical success factors” for longevity, community action planning, and positive tangible outcomes for improving health in East Harlem. Its sociopolitical roots promoted development of membership that supports a deep structure of subcommittees and workgroups grounded the capability to provide a forum for members to cooperate, exchange ideas, build networks, and work together to strengthen health care in East Harlem by improving access, quality, coordination and accountability emphasizing education and training of our community partners. Significant accomplishments include: piloting New York City's first immunization registry; developing a primary care and health needs assessment that was used as a planning guide for health providers and consumers; developing and implementing a community-based process for monitoring ambulatory care referrals. “Critical success factors” include maintaining real time knowledge of the leadership and organizational structure of a dynamic community, documenting the diffusion and adoption of community health innovations and practices, promoting community networks, supporting diverse mechanisms for community centered health education and policy change; freely sharing lessons learned with other groups in and outside of East Harlem. We will discuss the EHCHC experience, including its “critical success factors”, planning processes and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Define critical success factors of a successful grassroots community health coalition and strategies used to sustain them in a diverse urban community. (2) Learn the function of a community action planning process and its role in a an urban community (3) Share lessons learned

Keywords: Accountability, Community Planning

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