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CCPH Fellows 2002/2003: Anne Reiniger

Anne Reiniger is an attorney and social worker and was Executive Director of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children for 15 years. During her tenure there she developed Best Beginnings, a community based primary prevention home visitation program for families in an underserved community. It has been replicated in 26 sites around New York State. She was a leader in the creation of the New York State Home Visiting Council and co-chair of its Advocacy Committee.

Ms. Reiniger served on the faculties of Columbia University School of Social Work and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She is Secretary of the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America and on the Advisory Board for the Community Pediatrics Program at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

Ms. Reiniger lectures at national conferences and recently presented a workshop on community partnerships at the National Conference of Prevent Child Abuse America.

She has written articles which have been published in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, Mediation Quarterly and The Family and Conciliation Courts Review. She is editor and contributing author of The NYSPCC Professionals' Handbook on Providing Supervised Visitation.

Project Title

Building community campus partnerships in underserved communities: An essential step towards effective services

Project Description

This project is intended to educate the medical, social service and community-based providers on strategies utilized to create, develop and sustain a Community Campus Partnership Model. Effective services for children and families in high need communities require three critical factors: defining a specific need, creating partnerships with different constituencies to address that need and communicating a persuasive message to implement the service. Accomplishing these tasks depends on developing true partnerships among the various constituencies of the community.

An article describing what is needed to develop partnerships in underserved communities will be written and disseminated. It will be based on work in Washington Heights, an underserved community in the northern Manhattan section of New York City. The article will describe the formation of Best Beginnings, a voluntary home-based program for high risk families, launched in 1994 as a partnership among: The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Columbia University, and Alianza Dominicana, a community based agency. The program has been replicated in 26 sites around the state and is part of Healthy Families America, a program of Prevent Child Abuse America with over 430 sites around the country. Using the CCPH Principles of Partnership to create Best Beginnings, the program demonstrated how institutions can develop partnerships in underserved communities, how the medical provider can be part of the home visiting service and how the community campus partnership model can be used as a foundation to provide other services to the community.

This article will provide a foundation for a Toolkit focused on building the capacity for a community/university coalition. The Toolkit will include the article, videos, the CCPH Principles of Partnership, resources, appropriate check lists, sample letters, and a PowerPoint presentation describing the Principles of Partnership, lessons learned, and the steps to developing and maintaining a coalition.

Project Products

Case Study for the Principles of Partnership: Best Beginnings — A Child Abuse Prevention Program in New York City - authored by Anne Reiniger, CCPH Fellow, this case study used the CCPH Principles of Partnership to reflect on a successful 10-year old partnership's work and to identify the ingredients of a toolkit for other communities in developing community-campus partnerships.


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