March 29: CBOs in the Inner City: Collaboration with the Community - Part 2 (Faculty: Alda)

2:00  Meet at CHCC lobby to walk to WHEDCO

2:30 - 4:00  Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCO)

            WHEDCO: Urban Horizons 50 East 168th St. Bronx, NY 10452

            Davon Russell, Vice President of Programs (718) 839-1118 1174 )  

            Nancy Biberman, President and Founder (718-839-1100

4:30  Final get-together at the Feeding Tree 892 Gerard Avenue

Final questions to be presented at the Feeding Tree - Ari and I will also participate. Hillary will be there to facilitate discussion:

-What is "our" community?

-What are the strengths?

-Prioritize the problems

-How do these strengths and problems affect our patients' health?

-Come up with at least one way CHCC can better practice COPC

Readings for WHEDCO visit:

Read about the history of WHEDCO. Also check out their website here.

WHEDCO, the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, is a grass roots community organization that began its mission by beautifully restoring and reshaping the old Morrisania Hospital, a New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation facility in the South Bronx that had been closed and abandoned, dragging down an already impoverished community.  (Of note, Morrisania Hospital was subsequently replaced by North Central Bronx Hospital). We will meet with Davon Russell, Vice President for Programs and Operations, who developed WHEDCO’s award winning after-school program, and with Nancy Biberman, WHEDCO’s founder, who will show us this amazing organization.

Some questions I would like you to think about during our visits:

How do grass roots community organizations begin?  What are the key ingredients?

What services are offered at  WHEDCO?

What type of needs assessment do they do prior to introduction of a new program?  What is the organizational structure that determines priorities? Can you think of other useful programs or services?  Do recipients of the services have input into priorities?

Who accesses the services at this CBO? Are there other places or CBO's where these individuals could go for these services?

 How did WHEDCO’s focus on women affect the development of its services?

Does the impact of this CBO's go beyond providing services? What kind of impact can it have on neighborhoods?  On the health of their population?  How do they relate to health care facilities/practitioners in the community? What type of advocacy work do they do?

How do organizations such as WHEDCO maintain themselves?  Do they need to keep statistics for funders?  How would you measure the health related impact of this type of organization on health outcomes?