While in nonprofit years 20 is a ripe old age, in people years it is the threshold of the grown-up world. Stepping into organizational adulthood, we recognize that increasing health equity through developing effective replicable models requires a comprehensive integrated approach and partners from an array of disciplines. In this anniversary annual report, you will meet the partners we serve who also help design, guide and implement our work: Health Science Academy scholars and graduates, community-based organizations that have hosted them as interns, the neighborhood entrepreneurs who serve as lay health educators, and the academic health center that continues to serve its 150 year mission of providing healthcare to immigrant families.
This report measures the extent of health knowledge and preventive behaviors of African-American and Afro-Caribbean women in New York City. Despite a high level of knowledge about risk factors and symptoms for several common diseases, a large percentage of the sample engaged in high-risk behaviors. In addition, higher knowledge scores were associated with family history of heart disease and/or prostate cancer and being a member of an HMO. Higher scores, in turn, were associated with not currently smoking and going for a blood cholesterol screening in the past year.
To describe HIV risk factors among adult heterosexual Black men recruited from four barbershops located in high HIV seroprevalent neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY. Emergent themes included: 1) the psychological function of multiple partnerships; 2) calculated risk taking regarding condom use; 3) the role of emotional attachment and partner trust in condom use; 4) low perceived HIV risk and community awareness; and 5) lack of relationship between HIV testing and safer sex practices. Interventions among heterosexual Black men should focus not only on increasing HIV awareness and reducing sexual risk, but also on contextual and interpersonal factors that influence sexual risk.