Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 9
BCHN Presents Benefit Jazz Concert, Honors Dr. Susan Beane

On October 8 BCHN presented a benefit jazz concert and awards event at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, featuring music by jazz trio The Kevin Harris Project, led by internationally acclaimed New York-based jazz artist Kevin Harris. The program was emceed by BronxNet's Rhina Valentin.

The event benefited expansion of BCHN’s community health and wellness programs, including prevention and management of diabetes, hypertension, asthma, HIV/AIDS, behavioral health and opioid use, as well as insurance assistance and care coordination for supportive resources. If you were unable to attend, donations can still be made here.

"The road to good health begins with education and a personal commitment to take steps to prevent illnesses that are preventable," said Bronx Community Health Network CEO Eleanor Larrier. “And BCHN is proud of the important role the organization is playing to ensure that Bronx residents have the information and resources to manage their health, including access to affordable, quality health care and support services."

Pictured above with Kevin Harris is Community Leadership Award winner Dr. Susan Beane, Vice President and Medical Director at Healthfirst. Dr. Beane was honored for her leadership in establishing innovative community programs in NYC neighborhoods.

On October 6, community engagement policy analyst Paulette Spencer appeared on BronxNet's OPEN to promote the benefit concert, and to discuss BCHN's programs and services. Watch below.

BCHN Hosts Annual Health & Wellness Fair at Fordham Plaza

BCHN's annual health and wellness fair was held on September 16 at Fordham Plaza. The event featured free health screenings, activities, art, games and music.

Check out more photos from this year's health and wellness fair below.

Much fun was had throughout the day in the Kids Zone.

This year's event featured a performance by salsa band Grupo Descarrilao.
BCHN Goes Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

BCHN employees wore purple earlier this month in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched nationwide in October 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues and raise awareness for those issues.

On October 19, Comprehensive Family Care Center (CFCC) hosted a successful CFCC had a successful Domestic Violence Awareness Day.

Montefiore patient educator Joanna Ocasio-Janvier and BCHN community health worker Jessica Castro (pictured above) were on hand to discuss domestic violence with patients, while Montefiore health educator Claire Garon made healthy purple smoothies.

BCHN Offering Education, Demos at Fordham Farmers Market

The Fordham Plaza Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. BCHN began participating each week starting October 18, offering free healthy eating demonstrations, naloxone education and training, and assistance with health insurance and getting connected with a primary care physician.

Coming up on November 1, the BCHN team will be at the Fordham Farmers Market from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Chef Wilson will provide tips and recipes for a healthy diet. BCHN's community health promotion and education team will also provide free blood pressure screenings, and help connect community members to health insurance and a doctor.

BCHN Co-Hosts 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 came together on September 26 for the "Community Transformation through Partnership" symposium.

The event featured stakeholders from community-based organizations, health, policy makers and advocates, nonprofit groups, academic institutions and governmental agencies across the country.

The symposium was 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.

Picture above, community health programs developer Renee Whiskey shared BCHN's successful model of integrating community health workers into the primary care teams at the health centers in our network.

Pictured above, Arthur E. Blank, PhD, presented exploratory work on using social network analysis (SNA) to document the growth and reach of the BCHN-led Bronx REACH Champs coalition.

BCHN Travels to D.C. for African Immigrant Health Conference

BCHN community health workers Ndeye NGom-Mbacke (pictured above) and Yaritza Holguin, and emergency department liaison Krismely Garcia traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 5th United States Conference on African Immigrant Health, held October 5-8. This year’s conference theme was "Advancing the Health of Africans Immigrants through Research, Advocacy and Community Engagement."

African immigrants are a growing population in the United States, estimated at 2.1 million people, an increase of more than a million people since 2000. This group experiences a number of health disparities, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and can benefit from culturally competent and linguistically appropriate health care services.

Pictured above, Krismely Garcia presented BCHN's Emergency Department Diversion Model, while Yaritza Holguin shared the organization's success in improving access to naloxone.

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