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Health & Wellness ExpO+ Held at Fordham Plaza on August 13

What do you get when a group of progressive Upstate New York artists join their brand of arts and wellness with Bronx health centers and other public and private partners? You get the #NHCW16 Health & Wellness ExpO+ at Fordham Plaza on August 13.   Bronx Community Health Network and Union Community Health Center partnered with O+ Festival, Montefiore Health System, Urban Justice Center, Fordham Road Business Improvement District, NYC Department of Transportation and several CBOs on the event.


“This celebration highlights the breadth of services of Bronx Community Health Network, Union Community Health Center, Fordham Road BID and NYC DOT along with the wellness offerings and creative talents found within the Fordham Road neighborhood,” said Joe Concra, executive director of the nonprofit O+ Festival. ( Pictured: O+ Festival's Liz Harrington, Micah Blumenthal, Joe Concra and Denise Miranda with Senator Gustavo RiveraPhoto Credit: Justine Reyes) 

11th Annual BCHN Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner Honors Partners and Patient Champions

Bronx Community Health Network's 11th Annual Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner was held on August 11 at the Montefiore Medical Center Grand Hall. Every year during National Health Center Week, BCHN recognizes patients who have made remarkable strides in meeting their self-management goals, and honors partners who have made a significant contribution to the Bronx community. 


The evening included a dance performance by the children from Belmont Community Day Care Center (see photo above), National Health Center Week proclamations from local elected officials, and a presentation on BCHN's Impact on Community Health in 2015. 

Below is a list of this year's honorees:

Community Health Leadership Award New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera

Patient Health Champion Awards Comprehensive Family Care Center: Michelle Stevenson (Pictured top left)

Williamsbridge Family Practice: Maxine Tomlinson (Top right)

University Avenue Family Practice: Maria Rodriguez (Middle left)

Family Health Center: Libertad Betances (Middle right)

Castle Hill Family Practice: Fatou Touray (Bottom)

West Farms Family Practice: Jeanette Nunez

Community Partner Awards Belmont Community Day Care Center (Pictured top left)

Argus Community Access II Care Coordination Program (Top right)

Community Service Awards Melinda Marquez, Program Director, Community & Population Health, Montefiore Medical Center (Middle left)

Luz Ledesma, Patient Educator, Montefiore Medical Center (Middle right)

Twiggy Rodriguez, Administrator of Primary Care, Specialty and HIV Community Health Services, Acacia Network (Bottom left)

Jonas Attuh-Mensah, Operations Manager, West Farms Family Practice (Bottom right)

Lucy Aponte, Founder, Friends of Soundview Park

Community Organizations Join Forces to Bring Health & Wellness Expo to Bronxites in Celebration of #NHCW16

Community Organizations Join Forces to Bring Health & Wellness Expo to Bronxites in Celebration of #NHCW16

BRONX, NEW YORK, August 13, 2016
– In celebration of National Health Center Week, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) and Union Community Health Center (UCHC) partnered with O+ Festival, Urban Justice Center and the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID), as well as a number of other community-based organizations, to bring the Bronx together for an innovative Health & Wellness ExpO+ at Fordham Plaza from 10am-4pm. Bronxites are invited to participate in health screenings and wellness activities including Dance Xross Fitness, Yoga, Gong (sound healing), Zumba and Martial Arts.

For the seventh straight year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked the Bronx the unhealthiest county (62 out of 62) in New York State; nevertheless, there are signs that the Bronx is finally improving. In keeping with National Health Center Week’s (NHCW) theme this year, Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Innovators in Community Health, BCHN, UCHC, O+Festival, Urban Justice Center and the Fordham Road BID came together and planned this event around a common goal: To inform the Bronx community of the various health services and resources available to them. This collaborative event furthers the reach of #Not62, which addresses various social determinants of health like limited accessibility to healthy food, affordable housing and green space while also creating slow and steady change in terms of meeting healthcare demands in the Bronx.

“As providers, policy makers and trusted safety-nets in the Bronx, we have a tremendous responsibility to increase access to quality healthcare by spanning our presence across a wider demographic within our catchment areas,” said Union Community Health Center CEO Dr. Douglas York. “We further the reach of community health center care through partnerships such as this one, allowing us to inform and educate the community of the expansive services available to them right in their neighborhoods, continued Bronx Community Health Network CEO Eleanor Larrier, MPA.