238317 Community Alliance Network: A Plan for Strengthening Section 8 Communities of Atlantic City, NJ

Monday, October 31, 2011

Kate Werner, MSW , MSW, Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona, NJ
Ashley Cropper, MSW , MSW, Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona, NJ
Desiree Coogan, MSW , MSW, Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona, NJ
Matthew Moskovitz, MSW , MSW, Richard Stockton College of NJ, Pomona, NJ
The purpose of the poster is to describe the process and resultant student-developed business plan for the Community Alliance Network (CAN). The goal of the Community Alliance Network is to increase independence through community involvement and prevent homelessness by providing quality care competently and efficiently for the individuals and families they serve. The Community Alliance Network is plan for an after hours resource that provides crisis intervention, counseling, community resource linkage, and daily living skills. A selected group of Stockton College MSW students developed CAN after learning that the Atlantic City Housing Authority recognized a need for after hours crisis services to aide Section 8 residents who had limited access to other area services. At present time, CAN is working with Inlet Towers, a Section 8 housing development in Atlantic City, NJ to develop a pilot program to be put in place by December 2011. CAN hopes to expand to neighboring Section 8 developments within the next five years.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Program planning
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate and increase attendees skills in business plan development; Describe a curriculum-based project to attendees; Evaluate and improve attendees knowledge of options to meet the needs of vulnerable and culturally diverse populations in local urban communities.

Keywords: Community Preventive Services, Low-Income

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I was a coauthor of the Community Alliance Network business plan.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.