Newsletter - Volume 4, Issue 7
Justin Fornal to Host BCHN Fundraising Gala on October 11

BCHN's upcoming fundraising gala will take place on Thursday, October 11 from 6:00 to 10:00 PM at Marina Del Rey in the Bronx.  This year's event will be hosted by Justin Fornal, a strong advocate of global health issues.  In June 2018 he was listed as the '#3 most adventurous person in the world right now' by Men's Journal.

The fundraiser is in support of BCHN's Community Health and Wellness Programs.

This year's gala honorees:

  • Michael Brady, Executive Director, Third Avenue Business Improvement District
  • Eddie Palmieri, Grammy Award-winning pianist, bandleader, musician, and composer
  • Michael Rodgers, Vice President, Youth & Community Runner Engagement, New York Road Runners
  • Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, Bronx Borough Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Tickets are available at

To find out about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase an ad in the souvenir program book, visit
Bronxnet Features BCHN Community Health & Wellness Program

BCHN Board of Directors president Zahra Elmekkawy and community health programs developer Renee Whiskey were guests on the September 24 episode of Bronxnet's OPEN, hosted by Bob Lee.  They discussed BCHN's mission, Community Health and Wellness Programs, and upcoming fundraising dinner. Watch the segment below.

Council Member Vanessa Gibson: "We Have Work to Do"

New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson attended BCHN's 13th Annual Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner on September 6, and spoke passionately about the need for affordable healthcare in the Bronx.

"As long as we have families, whether they are documented or not, whether they are immigrants or not, coming to this country for a better opportunity, as long as those challenges and those hurdles are in their pathway to accessing affordable healthcare, our work is our not done." 

Watch her remarks in the video above.

PHOTOS: BCHN in the Community
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo came to the Bronx on September 20 where he announced new actions to honor and support Puerto Ricans on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria.  Pictured above, BCHN Board treasurer John Ruiz greeted Congressman José E. Serrano at the event hosted by the Parish of Holy Family.   

Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order No. 189 launching a new Hurricane Maria Memorial Commission to provide recommendations on the establishment of a new memorial honoring the victims and survivors of Hurricane Maria and the resilience of the Puerto Rican community.

BCHN community health worker Pedro Gonzalez led a worksite wellness workshop, "Healthy Eating in the Workplace," on September 12 at Administration for Children's Services.  This was the second of a three-part series at ACS locations in the Bronx.

BCHN community health worker Brunella Maravi Calenzani provided opioid overdose prevention education and distributed naloxone kits at the Joy Fellowship Church health fair on September 15.

BCHN community engagement-policy analyst Paulette Spencer participated in "Fitness in the Park," a class held at Seton Falls Park that was introduced by our Bronx REACH Champs program in 2016.  The class has grown to over 40 attendees every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
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