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Bronx Bodega Partners Workgroup Hosts “Don’t Stress, Eat Fresh” Bronx Bodegas Marketing Campaign Event, Wednesday, November 15th

The Bronx Bodega Partners Workgroup will be hosting a kick-off event for its “Don’t Stress Eat Fresh” marketing campaign on Wednesday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at BronxWorks (1130 Grand Concourse, 2nd Floor Lounge). Developed over the past year, the campaign aims to increase awareness of the healthy food options available at several Bronx bodegas. The partners in the Workgroup includes: the Institute for Family Health/Bronx Health REACH, Montefiore’s Office of Community & Population Health, American Dairy Association North East, the Bodega Association, Bronx Community Health Network, BronxWorks, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network Inc., NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Bronx Health Action Center, and WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

36 Bronx bodegas are now on track to sell healthier food including: fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy sandwiches, low-fat dairy products, water and low sodium products. As a result, thousands of Bronx residents now have greater access to healthy foods in their neighborhood bodegas, an important means of improving their health. This represents a significant step in improving the overall health of the borough which is currently ranked 62 out of 62 in health outcomes in all New York State according to the annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Ranking Report.

In addition to announcing the kick off of the Bronx bodega marketing campaign, the event will offer an overview of the healthy bodega initiatives being implemented across the borough, their impact, the policy priorities of the Workgroup and the partnerships with elected officials addressing those priorities. Attendees will be able to meet store owners pioneering this effort and the community leaders and residents supporting them.

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 Receives $1.11 Million in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Funding

On October 17, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced approximately $2.36 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people living with HIV in the United States.

"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program plays a critical role in the United States' public health response to HIV,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. "These grants will ensure that the most vulnerable Americans living with HIV/AIDS will have access to the necessary care and treatment needed to improve their health quality and medical outcomes."

HRSA oversees the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which is a patient-centered system that provides care and treatment services to low income people living with HIV to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among hard to reach populations. The program serves more than 50 percent of people living with diagnosed HIV infection in the United States.

"The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is vital to improving clinical and public health outcomes by extending life expectancy of people living with HIV and reducing HIV transmission," said Laura Cheever, MD, ScM, Associate Administrator, HIV/AIDS Bureau. "In 2015, more than 83 percent of program clients who received HIV medical care were virally suppressed, up from 69 percent in 2010."

Under Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, approximately $181.7 million was awarded across the country to 344 local, community-based organizations to provide core medical and support services to people living with HIV. Additionally, 28 organizations were awarded approximately $3.8 million in Part C Capacity Development grants. Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) received a total of $1.11 million in funding.

BCHN funds the primary care of around 1,000 HIV-positive patients at 10 community health centers in the Bronx each year.