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Health Care Services Directory
Partners: Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR), Tri-City People's Corporation

West Side Park community organizations and residents acknowledge that there is a lack of information about health services available to West Side Park residents. A number of major health centers are located in close proximity to West Side Park. CUPR created a Health Care Services Directory of the programs offered by these medical centers in addition to a variety of other private and public health services. A description of each of the programs, program hours, cost, and services offered is included. CUPR is working with Tri-City People's Corporation to develop a community information program to distribute the health care services directory.

Health Care Services Directory (PDF) coming soon!




Health Center Feasibility Study
Partners: Center for Urban Policy Research (CUPR), Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Community Development Studio, Corinthian Housing Development Corporation, and Tri-City Peoples Organization

Project Overview

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Working in collaboration with two community partners, Corinthian Housing Development Corporation and Tri-City Peoples Corporation, the Rutgers Community Outreach Partnership Center (RCOPC) and the Community Development Studio in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy Development are conducting a feasibility study for a community health center in West Side Park, RCOPC's target neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey.

Two RCOPC projects provide background for the feasibility study. An RCOPC report completed in January 2001, "Assessing the Need for a Community Health Center in West Side Park," examines health issues in West Side Park including poverty and education, lead poisoning, and incidences of asthma, lower birth weight, access to prenatal care, and diabetes. Using RCOPC's recently completed "Directory of Health Related Services Available to West Side Park Residents" and accompanying database, RCOPC prepared maps of existing service providers in relation to the proposed health center which the students are using in their analysis.

At the beginning of the Spring 2001 semester, students in the graduate Community Development Studio toured the target neighborhood, Tri-City's existing health clinic, and the proposed site and met with community organizations and neighborhood leaders. Experts on health care and poor communities of color including health care funders and providers addressed the class each week. Class course packs included readings about racial and ethnic health disparities, establishing community health centers, health policy, and reimbursement. A class website and listserv enable students to continually share information and discuss ongoing issues.

To conduct the feasibility study, students divided into five working groups to examine the vision for the health center, potential health care models, identifying community health needs, potential for rental income, and health care reimbursement. A doctoral student, using AutoCad and 3-D Design Studio, worked collaboratively with the community organizations and the studio to inform their decisions about building placement, size, and usage.

Students presented their findings and recommendations to the university community and in the target neighborhood at the end of the semester. Community organizations will use the reports in their applications to obtain funding for the center, and to determine the model for providing health care that would work best in this neighborhood.

Assessing the Need for a Health Center in West Side Park (.PDF)
Health Center Feasibility Study (.PDF)
West Side Park Community Health Center (Start Slide Show)

  



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