Affiliations:Tisch Community Health Prize
The reach and broad impact of Union Settlement Association in addressing the health and social service needs of a vulnerable East Harlem population made it an exemplary inaugural recipient of the Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. In the words of Union Settlement’s nominator, Dr. Sebastian Bonner, “With its range of programs from childcare and Head Start to senior services, from after-school programs to mental health services, and through its leadership in improving services for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS—Union Settlement is a lifeline to one of the city’s poorest communities and is a leader among local agencies in its efforts to reduce the crippling health disparities faced by East Harlem families, who suffer from disproportionally high rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and HIV/AIDS.”
Union Settlement’s pioneering work in pediatric asthma surveillance and coordination of care brought about about real change in asthma management, awareness and prevention in East Harlem. Furthermore, its programs foster healthy lifestyles, independence and leadership, and most importantly they help urban residents envision and take steps towards bright futures for themselves. Its leadership and staff have been cited for their creativity, ingenuity and dedication.
Union Settlement Association represents an organization with deep roots in the community, a “can do” attitude, and a stellar record of leadership and achievement in improving health for at-risk populations, making it eminently worthy of the inaugural Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize.
- Website: Union Settlement Association
- Prize Awarded: 2011