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.
Columbia University Population Center Faculty Associate
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
Selected New York City Activities:
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.
Selected Global Activities:
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.
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.
Tienda, Marta, Sally Findley, Steve Tollman and Eleanor Preston-Whyte. 2006. Africans on the Move: African Migration and Urbanization in Comparative Perspective. Witts University Press: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Findley, Sally E., Matilde Irigoyen,
Tienda, Marta, Sally Findley, Steve Tollman and Eleanor Preston-Whyte Africans on the Move: African Migration and Urbanization in Comparative Perspective. Witts University Press Johannesburg, South Africa 2006
Findley, Sally E., Matilde Irigoyen, Sanchez Martha, Guzman Letty, Mejia Miriam, Sajous Michelle, Levine Deborah, Reginald Miller, Shaofu Chen, Frank Chimkin Community-based Strategies to Promote Childhood Immunizations. Health Promotion Practice 2006
Irigoyen MM, Findley S, Wang D, Chen S, Chimkin F, Pena O, Mendonca E Challenges and successes of immunization registry reminders at inner-city practices Ambul. Pediatr 2 100-104 2006
Perez, Moises, Sally Findley, Miriam Mejia, Jacqueline Martinez The Impact of Community Health Worker Training and Programs in New York City Journal of Health Care for the Underserved. February 2006
Findley, Sally E., Matilde Irigoyen, Sanchez Martha, Guzman Letty, Mejia Miriam, Sajous Michelle, Levine Deborah Community Empowerment to reduce childhood immunization disparities in NYC Ethnicity and Disease 14(3) s1-134-141 2004
Irigoyen, Matilde, Sally E. Findley, Shaofu Chen, Roger Vaughan, Pamela Sternfels, Amy Metroka Continuity of Care at the Initial Medical Home and Immunization Coverage Journal of Ambulatory Pediatrics 2004
Findley, Sally E., Katherine Lawler, Monisha Bindra, Linda Maggio, Madeline Penachio, and Christopher Maylahn. 2003 Elevated asthma and indoor environmental exposures among Puerto Rican children of East Harlem Journal of Asthma 5 557-569 2003
Findley, Sally E., Matilde Irigoyen, Donna See, Shaofu Chen, Pamela Sternfels, and Arturo Caesar Community-Provider Partnerships to Reduce Immunization Disparities: Field Report from Northern Manhattan American Journal of Public Health 93 1041-1044 2003
Findley, Sally E., Daniel Levitt, Edythe Hanus, Kelly Lubeck, Felicia Gokool-Sheikh, Gloria Thomas, Sarah Alvarez, Hamidah Sharif, and Noelina Arciniegas Helping Your Child Live with Asthma: A Parents’ Handbook Columbia University. Republished by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America for national distribution New York, NY, USA 2003