Grant Program: Community Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, FY 2007
Organization Name: Urban Health Plan, Inc.
Organization Address: 890 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx, NY
Phone Number: (718) 542-5555 ext. 5106
Fax Number: (718) 589-3573
Title of Project: Hunts Point H.O.P.E.
Project Director: Javier Lopez
Description of Organization:
Urban Health Plan’s mission is to continuously improve the health status of underserved communities by providing affordable, comprehensive and high quality primary and specialty medical care and by assuring the performance and advancement of innovative best practices. With more than 30 years of service and a deeply rooted foundation in the South Bronx, Urban Health Plan is dedicated to rendering care in a culturally-proficient, barrier-free, individualized and family-oriented manner, with an emphasis on prevention through education and the provision of state-of-the-art services.
Description of project:
Health Opportunities through Peer Education (H.O.P.E.) is a public health, grassroots strategy addressing health disparities in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx, one of the poorest neighborhoods in our country. The project seeks to educate and inform residents through four integrated components: (a) Health Ambassadors, peer educators drawn from the community and trained by Urban Health Plan; (b) a first-of-its-kind Health Literacy Resource Center accessible to the community for both drop-in purposes and scheduled activities and sessions; (c) small and large group interactive presentations based on the particular needs and culture of this community; and (d) a door-to-door, building-by-building, campaign. Hunts Point is a one zip code neighborhood; with clear geographic boundaries. Its 11,000 residents are mostly young Latinos (75 percent) and African Americans (24 percent), with 45 percent of its total residents living below the federal poverty level. Our prevention and educational approach focuses on pediatric asthma, obesity/diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Program objectives establish and support community partnerships, health education promotion, disease risk reduction and increase access to and utilization of primary, preventive health care and treatment services. The program also relies on the input and influence of many of the local community partners, in addition to the residents: The Point (an arts and youth development organization), Sustainable South Bronx (an environmental advocacy group) and the Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation.