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Dr. Alexander Salerno MD, MHA (UHIP Founder)
In 2010, Dr. Alexander Salerno launched the Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP) to address the growing disparity in healthcare outcomes in the urban community through education outreach programs. Today, UHIP operates under its independent Board of Directors. Through this initiative the UHIP team reaches out to the community through local community based organizations, churches, community centers, even barbershops and hair salons. Their mission is to strive for better healthcare outcomes through health literacy training within urban communities of northern New Jersey, promoting proactive healthcare and disease management.
Dr. Salerno, a former military captain, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College, a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University.
Currently, Dr. Salerno runs his family-owned and operated practice, Salerno Medical Associates (SMA), which has been serving the East Orange and Newark communities for over 30 years. UHIP, from that initial creation progressed to become an independent entity, still operating with continued support from Dr. Salerno. In addition to SMA, Dr. Salerno also oversees the Community Healthcare Outreach Program (CHOP), a local organization that provides house calls to those in need and to mentally ill and substance use disorders populations throughout Northern New Jersey.
Dr. Salerno received the 2016 Top Doctor Award for his work in SMA’s Newark offices and another 2016 Top Doctor Award for his work in SMA’s East Orange offices. Salerno Medical Associates has also been recognized as one of the top Newark Family Medical practices in 2016 by Opencare.com, based on patient reviews from Yelp, Google, RateMD. In addition, Dr. Salerno has been honored with the Physician’s Choice Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Our Mission & Goals
UHIP is a non-profit 501(c)3 community health education advocacy program active among community- and faith-based organizations within the greater City of Newark and Essex County, New Jersey communities. The mission of UHIP is to improve health disparities and healthcare access among African Americans, Hispanics and other communities that suffer disproportionately from chronic disease, disability, and premature death, and who have no or limited access to quality care. Our goal is to directly address barriers to quality healthcare in local urban communities by increasing health literacy and where possible promote access to comprehensive health care. To achieve its mission and goals, UHIP partners with local community organizations, transitional living centers, houses of worship and civic groups, community centers, senior citizen housing facilities, mental health/substance abuse treatment programs, barbershops, hair salons, etc., to bring health literacy services to vulnerable populations in the spaces where they congregate.
Board of Directors
The Urban Healthcare Initiative Program now operates independently under its Board of Directors providing services within the community.
Rev. Dana Owens
Pastor, Messiah Baptist Church, East Orange NJ
Bernita F. Faust
Board Secretary (Consumer)
Boris (Bo) Barlatier
Development Manager, SMA Specialty Medical Lab, Feasterville, PA
Human Resource Administrator, Salerno Medical Associates, East Orange, NJ
Marilyn Harris, DMin, MDiv, MBA
Vice President, Community Relations
Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Denise Peroune, PhD
Executive Director, Urban Healthcare Initiative Program, East Orange, NJ
Some of our community partners include: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Community Healthcare Outreach Program (CHOP), AARP of the Oranges, Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition, Newark Urban League, Whole Cities Foundation, Jewish Renaissance Vocational Services, Sinai Post-Acute Nursing Center, Newark and East Orange Housing Authorities, New Horizon Behavioral Health, Rutgers University-Advocates for Healthy Living Initiative, Essex County Mental Health Association, St. Mary’s Hospital-Seton Center, Alarais Health at St. Mary’s Orange. Shelter/Housing service locations include [Newark] Nevada House, Angel Hope House, Sunrise Care, Court Towers, [Orange] Washington Manor Senior, [East Orange] The Pavilion, Harmon Grove, Haven Manor. Church partners include [Newark] New Hope Baptist Church, Saint James AME Church, Bethany Baptist Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Better Life Wellness Center, [East Orange] New Hope Baptist Church, Messiah Baptist Church, [Irvington] Jerusalem Baptist Church, [Montclair] Union Baptist Church and others.
Meet our Amazing Team!
Community Outreach Liaison
As the community face of UHIP he is responsible for building community relationships, identifying and establishing new UHIP community service opportunities.
Present and Past Funders
- Horizon Foundation for New Jersey
- Partners for Health Foundation
- The Healthcare Foundation of NJ
- Amerigroup Foundation
- Saint Michael’s Medical Center
- Johnson and Johnson/LifeScan
- DeRosa Pharmacy
- Novo Nordisk
- The Montclair Foundation
When We Help, We are Making The World a Better Place
Improving Healthcare literay gives our community the tools to practice preventive health care
Saint James AME Church – Man-Up Weekend