The Caledonian Health Facility continues to move forward with its partnering efforts through local community-based organizations (CBO's). The Haitian Center Council, the Haitian Women's Program, and CAMBA continue to be partners with the Caledonian Health Center , working closely with the PATH center to address the needs of individuals with HIV and AIDS. As our relationships with organizations expand, the Caledonian Health Center is looking to work more closely with our partnering CBO's to address the primary care needs of a larger number of their constituents. Primarily, these organizations have been instrumental in providing case management and other support services needs for PATH patients. As Caledonian moves forward, however, we anticipate through internal forums and councils that we will be able to service a larger number of community residents and program recipients.
Additionally, the New York College of Health Professions has developed a solid student base and programmatic curriculum which continues to grow. The New York College of Health Professions has been a leader in holistic health care education for over 25 years. The College offers undergraduate and undergraduate degree programs in Massage Therapy, Advanced Asian Bodywork (BPS), Acupuncture (BPS/MS) and Oriental Medicine (BPS/MS) as well as a Continuing Education Program in Holistic Nursing for Registered Nurses; Financial Aid is available if the student is qualified. The New York College of Health Professions operates under a charter from the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York through the New York State Education Department. It is also certified by the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is endorsed by the New York State Nurses' Associate Council and the American Holistic Nurses Association.
Finally, discussions and architectural drawing have been rendered for the development of the IFETAYO Cultural Arts Facility , which has had its administrative office located at the Caledonian Health Facility since September 2004. Discussions around construction are ongoing, and we are moving forward with this program. The IFETAYO Cultural Arts Facility, headed by Executive Director Sister Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, provides learning experiences through African heritage-based cultural arts programs aimed at children and young adults. Complete with dance, drama, poetry, and rites of passage programs, the IFETAYO Cultural Arts Facility is uniquely positioned to enhance the cultural learning needs of community children. Interested individuals can call (718) 856-1123 for more information.
The Caledonian Health Facility is also working with La Providencia, Williamsburg and Manhattan Avenue sites to share mutual issues of concerns and to identify strategic opportunities for reaching out to the community. Mr. Eric Canales has joined Caledonian as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Caledonian D&TC. It will be a key responsibility of his to foster and nurture the relationships between the CBO's and the Caledonian sites. Mr. Canales has already begun to work with the Manhattan Avenue Health Center and the Greenpoint community, specifically the Polish Slavick Cultural Center, an area that some of our providers have deep ties with. To help move this process forward, the off-site leadership is scheduled to meet with the Greenpoint, Bushwick and Williamsburg HIV/AIDS care network along with a consortium of 45 CBO's, including other assorted grassroots coalitions in the greater Brooklyn area.