Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Building Healthy Communities
April 2016 – March 2017
The health of residents in a community is dependent not only on access to quality health care, but also on the availability and knowledge of resources available.
If essential resources, such as health services, fitness opportunities, grocery stores, and public service centers, are not promoted, they run the risk of being unnoticed and underused. This is especially true in low-income communities, where it has been found that up to 30% of neighborhood assets are not returned by search engines such as Google.
MAPSCorps creates comprehensive maps of community assets and makes them available to the public through an online database. Doctors, social workers, case managers, community health workers, and other health care providers can use MAPSCorps’ data to help connect people to services close to where they live, including resources for healthy eating and active living. Also a youth employment training program, MAPSCorps provides meaningful work opportunities for high school youth, training them and pairing them in teams to collect, catalogue, and analyze the data.
NYSHealth awarded the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, in partnership with MAPSCorps, a grant to create a hub to replicate MAPSCorps in New York City.