Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Why register at gethealthyharlem.org? What makes our site different?
  2. Why contribute to this site and how can you do it?
  3. Who writes the content for this website?
  4. Who is the administrator or overseer of this website?
  5. Is the site moderated?
  6. What is a profile page? Why would I create one?
  7. Why should I write an article? Who would read what I write?
  8. Could I get kicked off the GetHealthyHarlem.org website? What would be the reasons for getting kicked off?
  9. How do I report abuse?
  10. What if I can't find something about health in Harlem?
  11. What if I find an error on the website? Can I report it or change it?
  12. How do I know if a website is legitimate, if the information is accurate and that I can trust what is being said?

1.  Why register at gethealthyharlem.org? What makes our site different?

GetHealthyHarlem.org is a free community-based website that helps you gather valuable information about how to get healthy in Northern Manhattan, New York City. Our site is customized for Northern Manhattan residents who want to interact with other people who live, work, shop, and seek health in their own neighborhood. This website mixes the best of both worlds--the tried and true educational information and the interactive site. We provide accurate, useful information from trusted sources along with the opportunity to communicate with the Northern Manhattan community through interactive networking. This means that, without leaving this site, you could:

  • Read articles about local health practitioners and community members
  • Find links to the best sites on obesity, nutrition, exercise, and health education so you don't have to search for them
  • Download information on health topics gleaned from top universities and government information centers like the Centers for Disease Control
  • Learn where to shop for healthy food right here in Northern Manhattan
  • Find health experts in Northern Manhattan--from doctors and nutritionists to fitness trainers and tai chi teachers

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2.  Why contribute to this site and how can you do it?

You can connect with your community and share your health goals and knowledge with other Northern Manhattan residents through contributions by creating your profile, writing articles, posting comments, uploading photo albums, and sharing information on community events.  This is a very simple process once you have registered and logged in. Go to Help to learn how to post an article, photo album, or event. 

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3.  Who writes the content for this website?

This website offers a combination of information provided by experts as well as links to well regarded health sites along with resources and contributions about getting healthy from Northern Manhattan residents who share their personal experiences and knowledge. A primary focus of the site is to create a space where people in Northern Manhattan can create connections with their community and find the support they need to get healthy.

This website's educational information is written by the Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC).  Any article posted by "Editor" has been written and posted by HHPC.  All information posted by Publisher is approved by our Health Advisory Board, which is comprised of community health experts and practitioners from Harlem hospitals, academic centers and clinics.

The online community that is created here on GetHealthyHarlem.org is a result of Harlem residents providing their input on their struggles, goals, achievements in learning how to eat healthy foods, exercise regularly and improve their overall physical and emotional wellness.

Through these two sources, Harlem residents can find and use their community resources to gain support and achieve their goals.

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4.  Who is the administrator or overseer of this website?

The Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) oversees the GetHealthyHarlem.org website. HHPC is a collaboration of community, academic and public health stakeholders, whose mission is to use research, education, advocacy, and service delivery to improve the health and well-being of the Harlem community. Affiliated with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, HHPC is located in the heart of Harlem on 125th Street and is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HHPC has been serving the Harlem community for over a decade and works closely with the community to ensure that it is providing health programs that the community wants and needs. 

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5. Is the site moderated?

In addition to carefully moderating all content that the public health professionals on the HHPC staff write and post to the site, HHPC also moderates all posts by site users daily in three ways: 1) ensuring that no SPAM is posted to the site, 2) removing any offensive posts to the site, 3) ensuring that no advertisements are posted to the site that are inappropriate (those that are not health-related, not local, or offensive in any way). Other than this, HHPC relies on our online community to correct any errors.  GHH does not accept any paid advertising.  Other than this, HHPC relies on our online community to correct any errors on posts made by community members. 

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6.   What is a profile page? Why would I create one?

By joining and creating a profile, you will be able to not only view all content on the website, but you can also post your own content, comment on, and email articles.

Your profile is where you share what you want the community to know about you. You can include photos as well as text. Your profile is a way for the online community to know who you are and what you like and it is an opportunity to be creative. Your profile will be most successful if you are sincere and honest, try to write the way you talk so that your personality shows through--you don't have to be formal unless you want to be. Your readers will want to know what makes you who you are, what interests you about GetHealthyHarlem.org and the other people who belong to and participate in this community.
You should have fun creating your profile. If you do, then the reader will no doubt enjoy reading and looking at it.

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7.  Why should I write an article? Who will read what I write?

Articles are where individuals can write ideas and thoughts or provide links to other sites to share with others on GetHealthyHarlem.org.  The articles can be a mix of what is happening in a person's life and what is happening on the Internet, or a specific site – like GetHealthyHarlem.org. Article posts can be as frequent as the writer wishes and could weave together a person's diary as well as their tips and guidance on a subject (such as health) or a neighborhood or information about other websites. There really are no limitations to what an article could be like--each person is free to create his or her own unique type of articles on this site as long as it is relevant to health and Northern Manhattan.

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8.  Could I get kicked off the GetHealthyHarlem.org website? What would be the reasons for getting kicked off?

Yes, you will be blocked from posting or contributing to GetHealthyHarlem.org if you do not follow the basic rules of the website. For instance, you will be kicked off if you post inappropriate information, introduce SPAM, or do not use the site for its intended purpose of community health promotion. You also will not be allowed to harass other site users or to use the site for cyberbullying (bugging, harassing, threatening other users or the site viewers generally). Read about other prohibited activities in our Disclaimer

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9.  How do I report abuse?

If someone is pretending to be you, spamming, or harassing/threatening you, you can contact our site administrator to report this abuse by going to the main home page and clicking on the Contact link at the bottom of the page. You will receive an email letting you know that we have received your information and we will try to resolve the problem within one week. 

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10.  What if I can't find something about health in Harlem?

You can post a question on a forum and ask questions of your fellow group members online. You could also go to the bottom of the website and click on the Contact link at the bottom of the page to let the administrator of the website know. You will receive an email letting you know that we have received your information.

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11. What if I find an error on the website? Can I report it or change it?

If the error was posted by another registered site user in a blog or forum discussion, you can post your comments or corrections in those specific areas of the site. If the error is in an article that was provided by the Publisher or is in a link that the Publisher has posted on the site, you can click on the Contact link at the bottom of the page. You will receive an email letting you know that we have received your suggestion and will follow up as soon as possible. Articles and links also have voting stars which allow you to rate them and let us know if you like the information or not. 

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12.  How do I know if a website is legitimate, if the information is accurate and that I can trust what is being said?

There are many different credentials available for online sites these days such as Health on the Net (HON) and several others. These credentials require sites to follow very strict guidelines in posting information that is accurate and credible. But research shows that Internet users are the best judges of the accuracy of website content--over time users will "self correct" errors-something that cannot be done in printed books and journals or with sites that are not monitored by an online community.

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Last modified: July 28, 2011

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