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Sally E. Findley

Professor at Columbia University Medical Center of Population and Family Health
Professor at Columbia University Medical Center of Sociomedical Sciences

Dr. Sally Findley's work is dedicated to finding creative strategies to expand opportunities for the disadvantaged, particularly mothers and their children, and most notably, strategies that facilitate the adoption of improved health promotion practices or increase adherence to recommended treatment programs, such as daily medications for asthma. Her work grows out of the needs of her partner organizations, and currently includes childhood asthma and immunizations, and child survival in Mali. Dr. Findley's research involves close collaboration with community partners, whether in New York or in Mali. All her work utilizes a community-based participatory approach for the design, implementation, and research aspects of the programs. Throughout her work she seeks to embed a strong training component that empowers partners to carry on both the interventions and the evaluation of those interventions as they evolve.
Education & Training:

    PhD, 1986, Brown University

    BA, 1970, Reed College


Mailman School Affiliations:

University Affiliations:

  • Center for Community Health Partnerships   
  • Columbia University Population Center   Faculty Associate

Additional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Public Health Association
  • Member, Population Association of America
  • Member, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
  • Board Member, Community Health Worker Network of NY
New York City
    Bringing in the Men
    Dr. Findley is the director of the Bringing in the Men project, a follow-on to her successful Start Right Coalition. Working with partners at 12 day care/Head Start Centers, SeedCo (a workforce development organization with offices in Harlem), and Young Men's Clinic, the project aims to 1) Involve dads with active play and sports activities with their children 2) Increase sports and active play of children at the day care/ head start centers 3) Support fathers' involvement through education and supports for work force development and job placements, as well as local sports leagues

    Northern Manhattan Asthma Basics for Children
    Dr. Findley directs the ABC coalition of 34 community multi-service organizations, faith-based organizations, early childhood educators, schools, community social service programs, and medical providers are working in partnership to promote early identification of asthma among young children and to facilitate improved management of childhood asthma. Over 2,000 families are now participating in this program, which will continue through 2008. In 2006 additional funding was obtained that allows the ABC program to expand to provide intense, care coordination services to the families with the most severe asthma. The coalition is also offering a more extensive program to train physicians to offer state-of-the-art asthma management. These additions were supported by Merck Childhood Asthma Network and the New York State Department of Health. The coalition has expanded its membership and changed its name to ABC/WIN for Asthma.

    MCH Collaborative Project
    The MCH Collaborative Project is a collaboration with the New York State Department of Health to review alternative case management and family support programs and develop proposals for alternative training and collaboration models. It includes a significant amount of work focusing on community health workers in New York City.

    Putting Climate in the Service of Public Health
    This project applies climate forecasts from the Earth Institute to improve the timing of preventive public health activities in order to cost-effectively reduce childhood illnesses. This project is a collaboration with the National Medical School of Mali and the Niono District Health Office, and we are tracking the monthly variation in childhood illnesses in 11 communities of Niono, a partially irrigated district in Mali. The program works through the IMCI program's clinical and community components, and uses a calendar approach to organize the triggering of climate/seasonal dependent recommendations for enhanced public health activities.

    Season Smart
    Dr. Findley directs a pilot test of a program to tailor the UNICEF/WHO child health program, the integrated management of childhood illnesses, to the seasonal variability of childhood illnesses in the Sahel. The pilot project is being implemented in the district of Barouelli, Segou, Mali.

    PRRINN-MNCH in Northern Nigeria
    Through a subcontract with Save the Children UK, Dr. Findley leads the CU support to the Program to Re-invigorate Routine Immunization and Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health in Northern Nigeria. The project works with 4 northern Nigerian states to strengthen and update the primary health care for mothers and children, using innovative strategies making changes within the health care system and through community-based activities. CU is involved in building the capacity of states to conduct operations research to evaluate the effectiveness of these innovations and then to use the research results to suggest improvements to the innovations.
    Countries: Nigeria

Selected Publications:
  • Findley, Sally and Sergio Matos,Forthcoming 2014. Bridging the Gap: How Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Findley, Sally, Sergio Matos, April Hicks, Ji Chang, Douglas Reich. 2013. Community Health Worker Integration Into the Health Care Team Accomplishes the Triple Aim in a Patient-Centered Medical Home A Bronx Tale. J Ambulatory Care Management. Oct 13. pp.1-10.
  • Findley SE, Uwemedimo OT, Doctor HV, Green C, Adamu F, Afenyadu GY. 2013. Comparison of high-versus low-intensity community health worker intervention to promote newborn and child health in Northern Nigeria. International Journal Women’s Health. Oct 29, 2013 (online).
  • Findley, Sally E and Linda P. Fried. 2013. “Is the tide turning on Child Obesity?” The Huffington Post. January 11, 2013.
  • Findley, Sally E., Sergio Matos, April Hicks, Ayanna Campbell, Addison Moore and Diurka Diaz. 2012. “Building a Consensus on CHW Practice Sustainability: Lessons from New York.” American Journal of Public Health. October.
  • Findley S, Rosenthal M, Bryant-Stephens T, Damitz M, Lara M, Mansfield C, Matiz A, Nourani V, Peretz P, Persky VW, Valencia GR, Uyeda K, Viswanathan M. Community-based care coordination: practical applications for childhood asthma. 2011 Health Promotion Prac. Nov 12.
  • Findley, Sally. 2011. “Suggestions for Assessing the Long-term Health and System Impacts Associated with WIC.” In Planning a WIC Research Agenda: Workshop Summary. Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Washington DC: National Academies Press, pp. 8-1 to 8-6.
  • Findley, Sally E., Martha Sanchez, Miriam Mejia, and Matilde Irigoyen. 2011. Building on Community Initiatives for Childhood Immunization Promotion: Northern Manhattan Start Right Coalition Story. Allan Formicolla and Lourdes Hernando-Cordeira, editors. Mobilizing the Community for Better Health: What the Rest of America Can Learn From Northern Manhattan.NY:Columbia University Pr
  • Findley, Sally E., Gloria Thomas, Rosa Madera-Reese, Natasha McLeod ,Sreelata Kintala, Raquel Andres Martinez, Benjamin Ortiz, and Elizabeth Herman. 2010. A Community-based Strategy for Improving Asthma Management and Outcomes for Preschoolers. Journal of Urban Health. August.
  • Collinson, Mark, Kubaje Adazu, Michael White, and Sally Findley, editors. 2009. The Dynamics of Migration, Health, and Livelihoods: INDEPTH Network Perspectives. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

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