Sally Findley

Sally Findley

Sally Findley

Population and Family Health & Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center


60 Haven Ave, B2
New York NY 10032


Sally Findley focuses on community health, and specifically on promoting healthy communities and healthy children through multi-pronged intervention involving community health workers (CHW). She is one of those rare faculty whose research is in NYC and in Africa. In Northern Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, and Ivory Coast, she has worked with national and sub-national teams to use implementation research to identify the most effective strategies for incorporating CHW into integrated programs to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality, as well as to improve the prevention of chronic diseases. In New York, she has led two major child health promotion coalitions which have integrated community health promotion into routine social service and educational activities, along with piloting an adaptation of the Diabetes Prevention Program for CHW to incorporate into a diabetes management program for Dominicans. She has co-led the NY initiative to develope recommendations for New York's CHW scope of work, training, credentialing and financing. She leads a statewide assessment of the impact of 2009 changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program on early childhood obesity. Professor Findley is a global migration researcher and has published extensively on migration and urban development policies, including the author or editor of four books focusing on migration, vulnerability, and health. She was a residential scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and is currently finishing the book on which she worked while there, Bridging the Gap: How Community Health Workers Promote the Health of Immigrants. (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).



PhD, 1986, Brown University
Other, 1977, George Washington University
BA, 1970, Reed College
MS, 2006, Columbia University

Mailman Affiliations

Senior Advisor, Obesity Prevention Initiative

Other 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

Areas of Expertise

Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes Research, Child Health and Development, Asthma, Diabetes, Community Programs and Outreach, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Physician Education, Climate and Health, Food Policy, Obesity, Global Health, Refugee Health, Healthcare Workers, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Infectious Disease, Child and Maternal Mortality

Select Urban Health Activities

First Steps: First Steps is a RWJF-funded study assessing the impact of the 2009 changes ot the NY WIC package on the prevention of early childhood obesity. The project provides feedback to the NYS DOH on package elements linked to healthy weights among preschoolers, as well as suggesting changes that could enhance the impact of the program, based on analyses comparing those with health weights against those who are overweight or obese.

Select Global Activities

Women 4 Health, Nigeria: Women4Health is a DFID funded program to build the capacity of health training institutions to recruit, train, and deploy female nurses, midwives, and community health workers. Dr. Findley supports the program's implementation research agenda, which focuses on tailoring recruitment and retention packages to support rural midwives and community health workers.
ICAP Cote d'Ivoire Community Health Worker Pilot Study: Dr. Findley advises the ICAP-CI team on the development of an integrated and comprehensive community health worker model which will include support to families on a wide range of health issues, among which is HIV prevention and treatment adherence.
PRRINN-MNCH in Northern Nigeria, 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.

Select 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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