Mount Sinai Selected as the Manhattan Borough Lead Organization for the Partnership for a Healthier New York City

Mount Sinai will organize and lead a coalition of community partners to identify evidence-based and innovative strategies for promoting healthy eating.

 – July 18, 2012 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine's Department of Health Evidence and Policy has been named the Manhattan Borough Lead Organization by the Partnership for a Healthier New York City, an initiative that aims to improve the health of all New Yorkers. In this role, Mount Sinai will organize and lead a coalition of community partners across Manhattan to identify evidence-based and innovative strategies for promoting healthy eating, active living, tobacco control, and reduced alcohol consumption.

"We are honored that our 15 years of work of partnering academics and communities to address the root structural, environmental, and behavioral causes of poor health have placed us in a position to lead efforts to transform the island of Manhattan into an oasis of good health," said Carol R. Horowitz, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Health Evidence and Policy, who is leading the effort for Mount Sinai.

The Partnership is funded through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation Grant , which was awarded to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The grants were designed to support community-level efforts to reduce chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes in an effort to improve health, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending.

Mount Sinai and their coalition partners will work to identify ways, tailored to the needs and characteristics of individual communities, of addressing issues such as reducing consumption of sugary drinks, decreasing sales of tobacco and alcohol to underage youth and increasing the availability of affordable healthy foods and beverages, especially in underserved communities. Coalitions are being established in all five boroughs, led by other Borough Leads. Through these efforts, the Partnership seeks to increase the health of the city's residents while reducing the citywide burden of chronic preventable diseases.

"Together we will all work closely on the Partnership for a Healthier New York City initiative to ensure meaningful and sustainable improvements in the physical and emotional well-being of all New Yorkers," said Dr. Horowitz.

Anyone interested in joining the coalition should contact Devin Madden, MPH, Project Coordinator, Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine at 212-659-9559.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States.  The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service.  It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News and World Report.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation's top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News and World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll.  Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 
 
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