Newsletter - Volume 5, Issue 2
Join BCHN for "All of Us" Launch Events on May 3 & 117

BCHN is hosting two "All of Us" events in May and you are invited to attend!  The BCHN All of Us Launch and Town Hall meeting ("The Future of Health Begins with You!") will be held twice -- Friday, May 3 (in English), and Friday, May 17 (English and Spanish) -- at the Bronx Library Center Auditorium at 310 East Kingsbridge Road (near Fordham Road), from, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm on both days. The format of each event will be the same, but the topic areas covered are different. These events are free and open to the public.

The All of Us Research Program (AoU), created under the Obama administration, seeks to increase and improve medical research that will create personalized medical treatments and cures by understanding why certain people get certain diseases and others don't. The goal of this forum is to examine the importance of the AoU program and communities of color participation in medical studies. Given the history of medical research in communities of color, including in Tuskegee, Puerto Rico and other parts of the world, this forum will also serve as a space in which community residents and medical personnel can discuss the history, potential benefits of medical studies to a community's health, matters of concern regarding the ethics of medical research in communities of color and steps for moving forward.

The first part of the program will launch the All of Us Research Program and focus on illnesses that are prevalent in the Bronx. The second part of the program will consist of a panel discussion between Bronx community residents and medical personnel and professors on the under-representation of Bronx community residents in medical studies and ways to move forward.   On May 17, the panel discussion will be bilingual.

Below is the schedule for both events:

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Registration

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Program

During the May 3 forum, the key note speaker will be Harry Shamoon, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Presentations will focus on: mental health, lupus and prostate cancer in the Bronx, and the importance of communities of color participating in medical studies. We will hear about research studies from New York University Langone School of Medicine with communities of color. We will also examine medical ethics, informed consent and the importance of data security and confidentiality.

On May 17, the key note speaker will be State Senator Gustavo Rivera, Chair of the New York Senate Committee on Health. Presentations will focus on: lupus, cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer and neurology. We will also focus on the importance of trust and community building through the work done at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health and Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the Hispanic Study/Study on Latinos, a study on cardiovascular disease in the Bronx Latino community, conducted by the Einstein College of Medicine.

Click  here to register.

BCHN's Paulette Spencer appeared on Bronxnet's OPEN with Bob Lee on April 22 to discuss the All of Us Research Program and upcoming launch events.  Watch below.
BCHN Celebrates Blood Pressure Program Pilot Participants
BCHN celebrated participants of its six-month blood pressure program pilot at Bay Eden Senior Center on March 27.  Every Wednesday during the pilot, free screenings were provided, along with education on blood pressure monitoring and management. BCHN helped 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 program has now been added to the Bay Eden Senior Center schedule for the next year.

Find out more about how BCHN's blood pressure program is making an impact in the video below. 
BCHN Joins Women's History Month Celebrate in Claremont
On March 23, BCHN patient navigator Verona Lee-Alcid joined State Senator Gustavo Rivera and local residents and organizations at the Claremont Neighborhood Center for a celebration of Women's History Month.  The event included a very informative discussion about breast cancer and how we can better support one another.  

BCHN Joins Press Conference in Support of NYC Parks

BCHN's Paulette Spencer spoke at a press conference on April 19 in support of increased funding for NYC parks. She was joined by Council Member Ritchie Torres, and speakers from New Yorkers for Parks, Friends of Pelham Bay Park and New York League of Conservation Voters.

Torres called on the mayor's office to invest $100 million in the city's parks.  He believes the Parks Department needs the help because it is tasked with maintaining 1,700 parks, playground and recreational centers with less than one percent of the city's budget. Overall, the parks are "grossly underfunded," he says.

While Torres says the parks are specifically lacking staff, the $100 million would also be spent in such areas as natural forest care, improvements for green-thumb gardens and more seasonal after-school programs.

Over the past few years, BCHN partnered with local park friends organizations and achieved fantastic results.  By introducing aerobic exercise classes and walking groups, we saw increased activity in places like Seton Falls Park, and enhanced safety for Devoe Park.

News 12 was on hand at the press conference and you can watch their story here.   Find out more about the park funding request (Play Fair) here.


Join the BCHN AIDS Walk New York Team!

AIDS Walk New York is an annual fundraising walk and run in Central Park. The event benefits GMHC and several other tri-state area AIDS service organizations. A team from BCHN will be walking on May 19, and you can join our team or donate to the cause by clicking here.

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