March 9: CBOs in the Inner City: Collaboration with the Community - Part 1 (Faculty: Alda)

9:30  Meet at CHCC lobby to take subway to African Services Committee

10:30-12:00  African Services Committee429 West 127th St 2nd floor, NY NY 10027    (212) 222-3882         

            Note: African Services is in Manhattan.

            Mulusew Bekele, Director of Health Programs

12:00  Subway back to CHCC for afternoon clinic

  • Read the history of African Services here.


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  African Services Committee?

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?

Does the impact of this CBO go beyond providing services? What kind of impact can they 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 African Services Committee 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?