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The Brooklyn Healthcare Improvement Project

Coalition Members

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October 21, 2010 – Coalition Meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall Courthouse.

Health Facilities

  • Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center (www.bsfhc.org)
    Mission: To provide the most professional, courteous and highest quality health care, with dignity, to those we serve, especially the underserved population, without regard to their ability to pay; To provide a work environment where employees can reach their highest potential and grow and prosper as the Center grows and prospers; To serve as a catalyst to address socioeconomic factors which adversely affect health; To promote financial growth and remain competitive in the marketplace; While assuring corporate compliance, to become the model of excellence for primary care.
  • Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (www.bmsfhc.org)
    Mission: The Brownsville Community Development Corporation was incorporated in 1974. Since its inception the corporation has offered a wide variety of services to the residents of Brownsville and surrounding neighborhoods. "The Brownsville Community Development Corporation (BCDC) provides for and seeks to inspire the cultural, economic, medical, and educational well-being of every individual and family in its communities. In 1982, BCDC established BMS, a FQHC serving the unique needs of the Central Brooklyn residents. The Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS) provides and promotes integrative and high quality medical, dental, and social services to enable every individual and family in the communities it serves to achieve total health.
  • Brookdale University Hospital & Medical Center (www.brookdale.edu)
    Mission: The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center is committed to being the focus of a healthy community, stressing the organization's values of caring and respect for everyone.
  • Interfaith Medical Center (www.interfaithmedical.com)
    Mission: to provide high quality and cost effective health services responsive to the needs of the residents of Brooklyn and the surrounding metropolitan areas.
  • Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (www.kingsbrook.org)
    Mission: Our mission is to partner with our culturally diverse communities to provide a continuum of outstanding health care services to individuals and families through a caring and trustworthy staff.
  • Kings County Hospital Center, part of NYCHHC (www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/kchc/html/home/home.shtml)
    Mission: To extend equally to all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay, comprehensive health services of the highest quality in an atmosphere of humane care, dignity and respect; To promote and protect, as both innovator and advocate, the health, welfare and safety of the people of the City of New York; To join with other health workers and with communities in a partnership which will enable each of our institutions to promote and protect health in its fullest sense -- the total physical, mental and social well-being of the people.
  • University Hospital of Brooklyn at SUNY Downstate Medical Center (www.downstate.edu/uhb)
    Mission: The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of New York educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs including such additional activities in pursuit of these objectives as are necessary or customary. These services and activities shall be offered through a geographically distributed comprehensive system of diverse campuses which shall have differentiated and designated missions designed to provide a comprehensive program of higher education, to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students and to address local, regional and state needs and goals.
  • Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center, part of NYCHHC (www.nyc.gov/html/hhc/woodhull/html/home/home.shtml)
    Mission: To extend equally to all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay, comprehensive health services of the highest quality in an atmosphere of humane care, dignity and respect; To promote and protect, as both innovator and advocate, the health, welfare and safety of the people of the City of New York; To join with other health workers and with communities in a partnership which will enable each of our institutions to promote and protect health in its fullest sense -- the total physical, mental and social well-being of the people.
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Dorothy Fyfe (SUNY Downstate), Ivaline Joseph (Neighborhood Health Providers), Cleo Dixon (Health Plus), Dr. Pascale Kersaint (Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center) pose for a picture at a recent BHIP Coalition Meeting.

CBHO's

  • Brooklyn Perinatal Network, Inc (www.bpnetwork.org)
    Mission: The Board, Management and Staff of BPN are committed to: improving the health and well-being of children, youth, parents, individuals (males and females) and families through linkage to culturally appropriate services to optimize health, identifying and developing needed resources, facilitating collaboration and partnership to coordinate services and affect public policy.
  • Caribbean Women's Health Association (www.cwha.org)
    Mission: to provide high quality, comprehensive, culturally appropriate health, immigration and social support services to its diverse constituency.
  • Coalition of Behavior Health Agencies, Inc (www.coalitionny.org)
    Mission: As the umbrella advocacy organization of behavioral health agencies in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester County and environs, the Coalition's mission is to advocate for, inform, and provide training and technical assistance for these agencies so that they may provide the best possible services with sufficient funding in a favorable regulatory environment. Taken together, these agencies serve more than 350,000 adults and children and deliver the entire continuum of behavioral health care.
  • Primary Care Development Corporation (www.pcdcny.org)
    Mission: Founded in 1993, the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every community has timely and effective access to primary care. Our goal is to increase the capacity and quality of primary care in underserved communities to achieve our vision of "Excellent Healthcare in Every Neighborhood."

CBO's

  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce (www.ibrooklyn.com)
    Mission: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is a community of Members that supports and advocates for its Member businesses, and promotes a healthy and robust business environment in Brooklyn.
  • CAMBA: Church Avenue Merchants Block Association, Inc (www.camba.org)
    Mission: CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life.
  • Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (www.caribbeantradecenter.com)
    Mission: The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI), founded in August 1985, is a statewide membership organization, which has developed expertise in providing business assistance to small and start-up business owners, in areas of business planning, financing, procurement, certification, expansion, and export/import opportunities.
  • Christopher Blenman Senior Center (www.fortgreenecouncil.org)
  • St. Gabriel's Senior Center
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Cleo Dixon (Health Plus), Dr. Pascale Kersaint (Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center), Harvey Lawrence (Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center) discuss ways to improve patient care.

Health Insurers

  • 1199 National Benefit Fund (www.1199nbf.org)
    Mission: The 1199SEIU Family of Funds is committed to caring for the healthcare workers who care for others through programs and services that build better lives for our members and invest in the workforce to improve patient care and the healthcare industry.
  • Aetna (www.aetna.com)
    Mission: We help people achieve health and financial security by providing easy access to cost-effective, high-quality health care. And we continue to be a leader in building a stronger, more effective health care system by working with doctors, hospitals, employers, patients, public officials and others.
  • EmblemHealth-HIP/GHI (www.emblemhealth.com)
    Mission: EmblemHealth is committed to providing affordable, quality health coverage in ways that respect and respond to people's fundamental needs. We pursue our mission by providing a choice of products and networks so members have access to the medical care they need at prices they can afford. We do this by improving the health of members through wellness programs that foster prevention and healthier living and by using technology to ease access to information and services.
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (www.empireblue.com)
    Mission: to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of its communities.
  • Healthfirst (www.healthfirstny.org)
    Mission: To improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
  • MetroPlus (www.metroplus.org)
    Mission: MetroPlus Mission is to provide our members with access to the highest quality, cost-effective health care including a comprehensive program of care management, health education and customer service. This is accomplished by partnering with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and our dedicated providers.
  • Neighborhood Health Providers (www.getnhp.com)
  • United Healthcare (www.uhc.com)
    Mission: UnitedHealthcare is committed to helping individuals live healthier lives by providing our members with the programs and services that help them get and stay healthy; collaborating with community leaders to improve the overall health of our neighborhoods; and providing funding to support critical health initiatives and research. The company also offers a full spectrum of consumer-oriented health benefit plans and services to enable individuals to obtain quality, affordable health care services. In New York, our members have access to care, whether they receive healthcare coverage through employers or government-sponsored programs, through our national network of healthcare providers, which includes 205 hospitals and almost 41,000 physicians and other healthcare providers in the state.
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Debra LeSane (Kings County Hopsital), Dr. Pascale Kersaint (Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center), Susan Bean (Health First) put their heads together to improve Brooklyn's health care system.

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Marcia Pinkett-Heller (BHIP coalition moderator) and Vincent Brewington (SUNY Downstate) discuss results from BHIP's canvassing study that was conducted over the summer.

Civic

  • Brooklyn Borough President's Office (www.brooklyn-usa.org)
  • Community Board 8 (www.brooklyncb8.org)
  • New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/home/home.shtml)
  • United Hospital Fund (www.uhfnyc.org)
    Mission: The United Hospital Fund is a nonprofit health services research and philanthropic organization whose mission is to shape positive change in health care for the people of New York. We advance policies and support programs that promote high-quality, patient-centered health care services that are accessible to all. We undertake research and policy analysis to improve the financing and delivery of care in hospitals, health centers, nursing homes, and other care settings. We raise funds and give grants to examine emerging issues and stimulate innovative programs. And we work collaboratively with civic, professional, and volunteer leaders to identify and realize opportunities for change.

Schools

  • SUNY Downstate School of Public Health (www.downstate.edu/publichealth)
    Mission: The mission of the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease and disability within communities, particularly in urban and immigrant communities. Such actions are accomplished through excellence in the education of public health professionals, scientific investigation of public health issues, and service to communities through collaborative partnerships.