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  1. page home edited Bienvenidos a VIDA! This is a resource created for medical students to become better acquainted w…
    Bienvenidos a VIDA!
    This is a resource created for medical students to become better acquainted with the Washington Heights/Inwood (WaHI) neighborhood. For many of you, WaHI is a very different place from where you grew up. This is a safe space to learn and answer questions about the WaHi community. The aim of this site is to make students more comfortable with the patient population you will be serving for the duration of your time at CUMC by creating a virtual tour of the neighborhood. This virtual tour will allow its users to learn more about the health trends and patterns of the WaHI area. Instead of focusing on the needs of a community, this website is an exercise in asset based community learning and building (19). By focusing on the capacity and unique resources of our community, rather than the traditional model of focusing on its needs and deficiencies, we can better help our patients to access services throughout WaHI and advocate for them more effectively. The added benefit is learning more about all the exciting history, destinations, and and resources your new neighborhood has to offer! Below you will see a google map of all the places included in this tour (please scroll around as some pins are not readily visible). The contents on the left are titled according to the content of the page. Each page has a theme and a location associated with it. For example, the first stop on the tour focuses on the revolutionary war history of WaHI and the tour stop is Bennett Park, where Fort Washington once stood. You can go through this tour in any order you like, but at the bottom right hand corner is a link to the "next" stop on the tour. The content of this website is used solely for academic purposes and is in no way for profit. Please explore the site and get to know your neighborhood!
    Click here to start your tour!

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Monday, February 4

  1. page Literacy in WaHI edited The Wordup Welcome to the Word Up Community Bookstore! The Word up community bookstore is ...…

    The WordupWelcome to the Word Up Community Bookstore!
    The Word up community
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    to the DominicanWaHI community.
    Short Stories/Novels
    Julia Alvarez: To learn more about this author visit her site
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    Junot Diaz: (My personal favorite) To learn
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    Mario Vargas Llosa: To learn more about this author visit his site
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  2. page Engaging with the community edited The Welcome to the P&S Club! The P&S Club ... such endeavors. There are also a coup…

    TheWelcome to the P&S Club!
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    such endeavors. There are also a couple community partners that are affiliated with NYP-Columbia Medicla Center at the end of the page. Look around
    Columbia Student Medical Outreach (CoSMO) Clinic
    CoSMO Clinic is a student-run free clinic at Columbia that operates out of the 21 Audubon, an NYP ambulatory care clinic, on Saturdays from 8:30am-1:30pm and the first Thursday of every month from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Opening its doors in 2004 and with over 150 patients, it is Columbia's oldest and largest clinic. To find out more, visit here
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  3. page Engaging with the community edited ... Columbia Community Partnership for Health This is an initiative to promote the research partn…
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    Columbia Community Partnership for Health
    This is an initiative to promote the research partnerships between the medical center and the community. It offers space for meetings on community research, a bilingual library to promote health literacy, examination rooms, and computers with free internet access. CCPH graciously sponsored the VIDA! website as well as the Washington Heights and Inwood Summer Language and Cultural Immersion Program. If you are interested in community research and would like their support, visit them at their website
    NYP-Columbia University Medical Center Community Pediatrics Program
    The Community Pediatrics Residency Program at CUMC has been partnering with the WaHI community to better the health of it's children for over a decade. Many of the community-academic partnerships discussed on this web resource are between this program and the community. There are many opportunities for students to get involved with the community in terms of service, clinical research, and medical education research through this program. To learn more visit their website

    Next Stop: Literacy in WaHI
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  4. page Promoting Active Lifestyles in WaHI edited ... I. High Bridge Park View VIDA in a larger map ... mountain range (guide). (17). to find…
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    I. High Bridge Park
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    mountain range (guide).(17). to find
    II. Inwood Hill Park
    {inwood hill} The Park in Summer July 25, 2004 Photographer: Malcolm Pinckney
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    in Manhattan (guide).(17). If you
    III. Manhattan Waterfront Greenway
    {greenway} Manhattan Greenway at level of Fort Washington Park. http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/city/archives/1906-the-manhattan-waterfront-greenway-a-thin-green-line
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    the Greenway (guide).(17). To learn
    IV. The Armory
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  5. page Hidden Gems edited ... II. The Audubon Ballroom View VIDA in a larger map ... worker's unions meetins meetings …
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    II. The Audubon Ballroom
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    worker's unions meetinsmeetings as well
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    Gras festival (buder).(5).
    Perhaps the
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    he was assasinatedassassinated on the
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    in America (audubon).(3).
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    where the fascadefacade and the
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    standing. CUMC restornedrestored the fascadefacade that faces
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    Audubon Hall (audubon).(3).
    III. The Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library
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    One of Goy'aGoya's most famous
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    the street! (guide).(17). To find
    {hispanic society} {goya} Portrait of the Duchess of Alba
    IV. The Cloisters
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    medieval art (guide).(17). Not only
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  6. page Home Remedies edited ... Most Dominicans participate in the dominant, biomedical healthcare system. However, sometimes …
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    Most Dominicans participate in the dominant, biomedical healthcare system. However, sometimes while participating in biomedical healthcare, they may continue to use culturally appropriate medicines known as botánicas. Botánicas are traditional medicines from the Dominican Republic. These remedies reflect the history of Hispaniola with elements of African, Taino, and European tradition. Here in Washington Heights, botánicas are still commonly used and an important part of our patient population’s healthcare. El Paraiso Botánica, is a local botánica shop right here in WaHi.
    I. Background
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    the Dominican Republic(Babington).Republic (34). They function
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    are sick (Venderbroek).(34).
    Home remedies
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    syrup is used.used (34).
    Illnesses that are most commonly treated with alternative medicines include infertility, STDs, and respiratory infections such as the flu, asthma, and bronchitis.
    II. Remedies to Know
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    healing process. (Allen).(1). Having 1
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    in the remedy(Vander).remedy (34).
    Another important
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    C. botulinum (quick remedies).(37).
    Here is a quick guide to herbal remedies compiled by the pediatrics department here at CUMC.
    Next Stop: Hidden Gems
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  7. page Dominican Diet edited ... {Dominican Bandera!!} La Bandera Dominicana-Typical Dominican plate of food. http://josieskitc…
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    {Dominican Bandera!!} La Bandera Dominicana-Typical Dominican plate of food. http://josieskitchen.com/post/3364239719/labanderadominicana?f8327120La bandera Dominicana is an affectionate name given to the typical plate of food in a Dominican household. This consists of a portion of white rice, beans, meat, and a small salad, as well as some characteristic side dishes. These side dishes include many plantain dishes like mangu (mashed plantains with onions and oil), maduros (very ripe plantains baked with sugar and rum), and tostones (fried and smashed plantains).
    The beans are often stewed for most of the day before being eaten. The meat is mostly chicken or beef, with occasional pork. Fish is very rarely consumed without being fried first. As can be seen from the above photo, the side salad is often times iceburg lettuce with tomato and peppers.
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    be vegetables (CDC).(26). Also, often
    Here we are faced with a dilemma as providers. We want to help our patients get healthier, however, comidia criolla is an incredibly important part of Dominican cultural identity. Having our plate of food named after the nation's flag is just one example of the seriousness with which food is taken in our households! So, how can we make la bandera healthier without threatening cultural identity?
    One initiative in the neighborhood is being carried out in El Presidente Restaurant, located in the Audubon Ballroom Building. This restaurant has partnered with CHALK to try and push forward the My Plate initiative from the NYC department of health, to learn more about this initiative click here. These are the models they are attempting to use.
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  8. page Dominican Diet edited ... {Dominican Bandera!!} La Bandera Dominicana-Typical Dominican plate of food. http://josieskitc…
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    {Dominican Bandera!!} La Bandera Dominicana-Typical Dominican plate of food. http://josieskitchen.com/post/3364239719/labanderadominicana?f8327120La bandera Dominicana is an affectionate name given to the typical plate of food in a Dominican household. This consists of a portion of white rice, beans, meat, and a small salad, as well as some characteristic side dishes. These side dishes include many plantain dishes like mangu (mashed plantains with onions and oil), maduros (very ripe plantains baked with sugar and rum), and tostones (fried and smashed plantains).
    The beans are often stewed for most of the day before being eaten. The meat is mostly chicken or beef, with occasional pork. Fish is very rarely consumed without being fried first. As can be seen from the above photo, the side salad is often times iceburg lettuce with tomato and peppers.
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    be vegetables (nutrition).(CDC). Also, often
    Here we are faced with a dilemma as providers. We want to help our patients get healthier, however, comidia criolla is an incredibly important part of Dominican cultural identity. Having our plate of food named after the nation's flag is just one example of the seriousness with which food is taken in our households! So, how can we make la bandera healthier without threatening cultural identity?
    One initiative in the neighborhood is being carried out in El Presidente Restaurant, located in the Audubon Ballroom Building. This restaurant has partnered with CHALK to try and push forward the My Plate initiative from the NYC department of health, to learn more about this initiative click here. These are the models they are attempting to use.
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    Here we see the recommended 1/2 plate of vegetables as well as an easy to read schematic of how to choose your meals for both breakfast (left) and lunch/dinner. Here you see that all the parts of la bandera are preserved but the portions and ingredients are slightly changed. We have the same side salad as before and a 1/4 of the plate but it is now combined with a 1/4 plate of a green vegetable such as broccoli. The meat selections are lean and healthy meats for the most part, such as chicken, turkey, and fish. The rice here is moro which is a combination of rice and beans cooked together. The use of moro instead of rice and beans makes it easier to control portion sizes. Taken together this is an easy way to open up the discussion of diet change while respecting the typical dominican menu.
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    poorest communities (Gray).(11). Here in
    Another interesting aspect of bodegas is that they often serve as a "hang out" for the tenants of apartment buildings near the establishment. There you will often hear customers discussing sports or politics. On particularly nice days you might even see a group of customers playing dominos outside, a typical game in the Dominican Republic.
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    this initiative (bodega).(11). Yet another
    {Bodega} Liberato Food Market is located on the corner of Audubon and 183rd and is now offering healthier food options as well as lowering its carbon foot print through a green initiative. Photo Credit: Mariela Lombard | NY Daily News
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  9. page Dominican Immigration in WaHI edited ... The Feast of the Goat While what is considered the "modern" era of Dominican migra…
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    The Feast of the Goat
    While what is considered the "modern" era of Dominican migration did not start in the 1600's with Juan Rodriguez, his historic immigration does set the tone for our discussion of what has now become known as the Dominican diaspora. Before exploring the trends in immigration, it is important to take a moment and look back at a dark era in Dominican History, the Trujillo Regime.
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    National Guard (17).(18).
    In 1930, Trujillo overthrew the Dominican government and established a fascist dictatorship that would last more than thirty years. With seven secret agencies protecting him, he set up one of the most authoritarian governments the modern world has ever seen. Many historians liken him to a Hitler of the western hemisphere, drawing parallels with the 1937 genocide of 12,000 Haitians in an effort to "ethnically cleanse" the
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    25th 1960 (17).(18). Known as
    On the right is the song "Mataron al Chivo/They killed the goat" which was released only days after Trujillo's death (Trujillo was known as 'El Chivo').
    During his tyrannical reign, Trujillo limited emigration from the Dominican Republic with numbers averaging as low as 9000 emigrants a year. Many of these were political refugees and exiles. After his assassination mass immigration to the United States began (6).
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    Transnationalism is a term that describes an immigrant community who has no severed themselves from their country of origin and instead nurture and foster the linkage to their home country. This link is cultural, political, and economic.
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    restaurant (9, 13).14).
    While these customs we are discussing influence Dominicans abroad, expats culturally influence the Dominican Republic in a host of ways. When thinking about music, hip hop influences have started to not only permeate Dominican musicians in the United States but has crept into the mainstream of island based music as well. In literature, more and more Dominican writers are giving a voice to the hybrid identity of Dominican Americans including Julia Alvarez and Junot Diaz (Read more about their books at the word up bookstore).
    II. Political Transnationalism
    Another part of cultural transnationalism is the belief that one day, many Dominican immigrants will return to their home country. This desire to return to the island serves as another example of just how linked Dominican immigrants to the United States are to those remaining on the island.
    Politically the ties between Dominicans in the United States and those on the island are incredibly strong. Firstly, Dominicans are notorious for for their interest in politics, particularly those of the DR and in local politics. Dominicans in the United
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    the island (13)!(14)!
    These political ties are no doubt strengthened by the economic links between Dominicans in the United States and the fiscal security of the Dominican Republic.
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    discussed earlier (13).(14).
    The most significant economic influence is that of remittances sent to family still in the Dominican Republic by immigrants to the US. It is the "second main source of hard currency in the Dominican Republic" (12). The much more common form of remittances, however, is the Dominican practice of taking many large bags of gifts and merchandise to the island on trips, mainly trips during the Christmas holiday. This is a practice that is almost universal among Dominican immigrants (13). So engrained is this practice that one of the most popular christmas songs, Volvio Juanita by Milly Quesada posted above, is a song about Juanita, a Dominican immigrant, coming back to her homeland carrying a "suitcase full of hope" and gifts for her family.
    This discussion on Dominican transnationalism is important to understand when treating Dominican patients. Because of this binational identity and lifestyle, often times patients will be spending weeks-months in the Dominican Republic before returning to the US. This means that there will be longer lapses between visits that you as a practitioner may prefer. With a healthy anticipation of this behavior, a health provider can better plan for these lapses in care with effective patient education and appropriate medication prescriptions
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