Claremont Village is a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) public housing development in the South Bronx and home to over 13,000 residents. Claremont Village and its surrounding neighborhood suffer from immense poverty, obesity, diabetes, low access to healthy foods, poor sanitation, crime and overcrowding. In the fall of 2011, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Bronx-Lebanon's Department of Family Medicine (BLFM) partnered to reduce the high rate of diabetes in Claremont. Within a few months, program staff members were talking and partnering with experts at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Community Health Worker (CHW) Network of NYC. Through these partnerships and authentic community engagement, the idea that health disparities can be reduced to improve community health is contagious; the Healthy Village model is being replicated by local hospitals in impoverished parts of Brooklyn.
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