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Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition (GBHC)


CAMBA houses the Greater Brooklyn Health Coalition (GBHC) and provides daily administrative and fiscal oversight. GBHC, formerly the Greater Southern Brooklyn Health Coalition, was formed in 1997 to identify the organizations that best represent the ethnic and faith-based groups in Brooklyn, as well as the healthcare systems serving them. It is GBHC’s mission to come together to create an agenda for action and unity to reduce public health disparities and improve the health of all of Brooklyn.

Today, over 150 agencies are members of GBHC, including community-based organizations, hospitals, health insurance companies, and a variety of healthcare and educational institutions. GBHC’s membership represents the ethnic, faith-based, and geographic diversity of Brooklyn.

GBHC’s vision is to improve access to healthcare, increase prevention, and decrease the health disparities that presently exist in Brooklyn’s culturally diverse communities. GBHC’s goals are to build:

  • trust in the healthcare system by unifying stakeholders and linking the people to the professionals;
  • capacity among providers through staff development and technical assistance; 
  • empowerment through education programs that give Brooklyn residents the ability to take control of their health.

GBHC’s objectives are to encourage, link, and strengthen community leaders and residents in all Brooklyn communities by:

  • providing training and education
  • building partnerships
  • providing technical assistance
  • advocating for healthcare rights for all,
  • improving cultural competence,
  • providing information and resources.

GBHC has specific training programs in Health Literacy and Diabetes Self-Management that are evidence-based and culturally-competent. GBHC also provides referrals for services and conducts workshops on a variety of health topics as part of its Infant Mortality Reduction Initiative. In addition, GBHC produces a Health Happenings newsletter sent directly to over 14,000 readers every month. GBHC serves on numerous health-related Task Forces and Community Advisory Boards, and is currently advising four Community-Based Participatory Research projects in Brooklyn.

 

 

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