Newsletter - Volume 5, Issue 1
Blood Pressure Program Pilot a Success, BCHN Plans Expansion
BCHN began a six-month hypertension management program pilot in July at Bay Eden Senior Center.  Free screenings were provided each week, along with education on blood pressure monitoring and management.  BCHN helped participating community members create action plans with objectives focused on exercise and healthy eating. The pilot ran through January and received overwhelmingly positive results and feedback.  The Wednesday morning program has now been added to the Bay Eden Senior Center schedule for the next year.  Bay Eden will celebrate the success of the pilot and the progress made by participants at special event on March 27.

BCHN plans on expanding the program with another site to be announced soon.

BCHN's Paulette Spencer Honored for Community Service Work
BCHN community engagement-policy analyst Paulette Spencer was honored for her dedication to community service at a Black History Month event celebrating African-American history and culture held at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on February 22.   She received proclamations from Senator Jose M. Serrano and Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, who hosted the event with New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson.

BCHN Joins BPHN "Community Health Literacy" Series

BCHN health educator Jaunia Coombs, patient navigator Verona Lee-Alcid, and community health workers Rhea Chandler and Saran Traore joined a full house of outreach staff from eight Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities (BPHC) partners for the first of a three-part "Community Health Literacy" winter training series on March 8.  The goal is to help Bronx community members navigate our health care system and ensure they are connected to primary care.  Joining BCHN were staff members from The Osborne Association, The Bronx Health Link, BronxWorks, Health People, Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, and RAIN, Inc.

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is an annual nutrition education and information campaign celebrated each year during the month of March.  The focus is on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

Below are some tips to help you reach your nutrition goals from the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

BCHN Joins All of Us Research Program

BCHN received a two-year Advancing Precision Medicine (APM) Supplemental Funding award in September.  The purpose of APM funding is to support health center participation in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program (AoU) and contribute to achievement of its central goal: to enroll 1 million individuals reflecting the nation’s rich diversity to produce meaningful health outcomes for communities across the country, including those historically underrepresented in biomedical research.

Far too many diseases do not have a proven means of prevention, or effective treatment. We must gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral influences on these diseases to make a difference for the millions of people who suffer from them. Precision medicine is a revolutionary approach for disease prevention and treatment that takes into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology. While some advances in precision medicine have been made, the practice is not currently in use for most diseases.

Over the past six months, the focus has been on holding community-based information sessions on APM.   Look for more about the project in upcoming newsletters.

TUNE IN ALERT: BCHN Talks Stress on 'Diálogo Abierto'

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and BCHN will be highlighting the causes of stress, the negative effects stress can have on the mind and body, and how to relieve stress at upcoming community events.  But talking about stress is not limited to just one month year.  BCHN community health worker Sherllay Castro will take on the subject when she visits  Diálogo Abierto, airing later this month on Bronxnet (Channel 67 Optimum/33 Fios).  We will post the airdate on our website and social media accounts when it is confirmed.  The show airs on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.

Upcoming Events

BCHN will continue this Health Literacy & Resources library series at the following locations:

March 18 Jerome Park Library 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
March 21 Mott Haven Library 2:30 PM - 4:300 PM
March 23 Clason's Point Library 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
March 25 Belmont Library 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
March 26 Morrisania Library 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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