Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 8
TOMORROW! BCHN Annual Health & Wellness Fair

BCHN's annual health and wellness fair is taking place on Saturday, September 16 at Fordham Plaza from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. This free event will feature health screenings, activities, art, games and more. At 12:30 PM, salsa band Grupo Descarrilao will perform.

But that's not all!

From 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, three free 20-minute Qigong Meditation Sessions will be offered to community residents, led by Kathryn Davis.
Tickets On Sale Now For Kevin Harris Project Benefit Jazz Concert

On Sunday, October 8 from 4:oo PM to 6:00 PM, BCHN is presenting a benefit jazz concert and awards event at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, featuring music by jazz trio The Kevin Harris Project. The program will be emceed by BronxNet's Rhina Valentin.

4:00 PM Doors Open
4:00-4:30 PM Cocktail Reception
4:30-4:35 PM Opening
4:35-5:00 PM Kevin Harris Project - First Set
5:00-5:20 PM Awards Presentation
5:20-5:50 PM Kevin Harris Project - Second Set
5:50-5:60 PM Closing

Tickets are on sale now for $50 at

Note: Tickets will not be available at the door on the day of the show.

Corporate, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are available. More details can be found here.

Ad space is still available in the souvenir program book (think Broadway Playbill). Find out more here.

BCHN Team Travels to San Diego for NACHC CHI Conference

The NACHC Com­munity Health Insti­tute (CHI) and Expo is the largest annual gath­er­ing of health cen­ter clin­i­cians, exec­u­tives, con­sumer board mem­bers along with Health Cen­ter Con­trolled Net­works and Sate/Regional Pri­mary Care Asso­ci­a­tions. A team from BCHN traveled to San Diego in late August for this year's event.

BCHN presented two posters:
1) Improving Access to Naloxone: Community Health Worker-Led Opioid Overdose Prevention Program in the Bronx, New York
2) Emergency Department Diversion Model: Successes and Lessons Learned

Pictured above are chief executive officer Eleanor Larrier, community health worker Yaritza Holguin, director of programs Tashi Chodon, Board member Marjorie A. Cadogan, and Board president Eduardo Alayon.

Community Health Workers Trained in Immigration Navigation

The innovative Community Health Promotion and Education Program has become a Center of Excellence at BCHN. As the team continues to grow, it is also expanding its skillset. BCHN now has a total of five community health workers trained by the New York Immigration Coalition as Immigration Navigators. Immigration Navigators support the immigrant community with "Know Your Rights" training and guidance on navigating the immigration system.

West Farms Family Practice Celebrates DPP Completion
West Farms Family Practice patients and staff recently celebrated the completion of their first Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). DPP is a yearlong program designed to help individuals at risk for Type 2 diabetes change their lifestyle to become more active and reach a healthier weight. The program is based on the National Curriculum for Diabetes Prevention, and is taught by a health educator.

At the celebration, five patients received certificates of completion and recognition for their individual achievements in the program. With great enthusiasm, patients related their personal experiences in their journeys to better health.

The celebration included a final taste of the dishes and healthy drinks patients learned to make through the year as they were educated about healthier eating, portion control and healthy food substitutes. Concepts taught during the year were printed on water bottles and buffet cards to remind the participants of the important factors in maintaining healthy weight and active lifestyles.

Pictured above with the patients are BCHN community health worker Pedro Gonzalez, Montefiore Office of Community and Population Health certified health educator Nereyda Franco, and West Farms Family Practice operations manager Jonas Attuh-Mensah.

BCHN Co-Hosting Symposium with NYC REACH & PICH Grantees

BCHN and the three other New York City grantees of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) programs are coming together on Tuesday, September 26 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM for the "Community Transformation through Partnership" symposium.

The goals of the symposium are to bring together diverse stakeholders to explore strategic partnerships to foster sustainable community transformation to achieve health equity. The event features stakeholders from community-based organizations, health, policy makers and advocates, nonprofit groups, academic institutions and governmental agencies across the country.

The symposium is organized and co-hosted by BCHN, the Center for the Study of Asian American Health at NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health, Institute for Family Health Bronx Health REACH, and the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

The keynote speakers will be Rich Hamburg Executive & COO Trust for America's Health, and Susan Beane, MD Vice President & Medical Director Health First.

Register here.

SAVE THE DATE: Virtual Tea Party Fundraiser on November 28

On Tuesday, November 28 ("Giving Tuesday"), BCHN is throwing a tea party, but there's a twist! Rather than asking you to get a babysitter, dress up, and listen to speeches, we provide the tea and you enjoy it at your convenience.

So mark your calendars for the BCHN Virtual Tea Party fundraiser!

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