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Community Health Programs

CCHE: The Uptown Hub SHARON KIM, LMSW• Program Manager • x ERICA CHIN, PHD • Project Co-Principal Investigator • x ALWYN T. COHALL, MD • Project Co-Principal Investigator • Mission and Goals

In 2017, NewYork-Presbyterian, in collaboration with Columbia University Irving Medical Center, received a four-year, $10.3 million grant from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”) to establish a Youth Opportunity Hub in WHI. The grant will allow NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, along with other community collaborators, to serve over 250 youths aged 14 to 24 years each year who have been or are at risk for involvement with the juvenile or adult judicial systems. Recognizing that young people utilize supportive services at higher rates when such services are easily accessible, this “neighborhood Hub” approach coordinates family, community, school, and city resources in attractive and convenient locations within underserved neighborhoods. The new center will provide access to a wide range of community programs, including services for medical care, reproductive health and HIV/STI prevention, trauma-informed mental health treatment, and substance use counseling. In addition, the Hub will offer services for the assessment of and advocacy for learning disabilities, afterschool tutoring and educational attainment, and employment readiness and placement. Other planned offerings include neighborhood community service and youth development groups, as well as recreation and arts activities.


The Uptown Hub seeks to improve the well-being of young adults in Washington Heights/Inwood by: • Increasing the collective impact of youth-serving agencies through enhanced collaboration • Facilitating the engagement and retention of young adults in work and education opportunities • Improving mental and physical health, supporting psychological development, and enhancing resilience and acquisition of coping skills • Supporting increased pro-social connections to peers, adults, and mentors and reducing idle time, risky behaviors, and initial justice system involvement

Number of People Reached


Key Accomplishments

The Uptown Hub’s collaborators include the Ambulatory Care Network’s CCHE, Project STAY, and Pediatric Psychiatry programs; the Dominican Women’s Development Center; Fundacion Dominicana de Deportes; Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation; People’s Theatre Project; and Police Athletic League at the Armory. Together these agencies have established an Uptown Hub Steering Committee to plan and coordinate communityinformed programming. The new physical site is scheduled to open in 2018. The Hub also plans to launch a Youth Advisory Council in 2018 to give community youth voice and leadership opportunities.

3111 Community Health Report 2017  
3111 Community Health Report 2017