A new healthcare initiative for medically underserved children in Harlem and Washington Heights has been announced by a partnership that includes the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian, the College of Physicians & Surgeons (P&S), the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Health and a coalition of five other community-based organizations. The initiative, the Healthy Schools Healthy Families (HSHF) Coalition program, is funded by a three-year $2.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Harlem and Washington Heights are the two communities to receive this grant in New York state this year. The program, which will initially serve 5,000 children in five elementary schools, is designed to improve health by creating school-based initiatives for a wide range of medical conditions -- obesity, asthma, depression and other chronic conditions -- and by facilitating access to health insurance, social services and preventive, primary and specialty care.
"Currently, there are far too many New York City children with unmet healthcare needs," explains Mary McCord, HSHF principal investigator, co-director of community pediatrics at Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and associate clinical professor of population and family health
at the Mailman School of Public Health. "By targeting those children with the greatest need, HSHF seeks to sew up the holes in the healthcare safety net."