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Free SOPARC Workshop - Saturdays in April

Bronx REACH CHAMPS is hosting a FREE workshop series on how to use the System to Observe Play and Recreation in Communities (SOPARC) measurement tool, led by New Yorkers for Parks' Beth Bingham. SOPARC is survey-based research method used to manually capture data on how many people are visiting a park or open space, the nature of their activities, and their location in the park. The intention is to have organizations use this data, along with local community health-based indicators, to increase public support for enhancing access to Bronx parks. Attached is the announcement flyer.

The SOPARC training sessions will be conducted as four stand-alone workshops. Participants only need to attend one of the four sessions for training. The workshops are being offered on Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 1 Fordham Plaza, in the 5th floor Meeting Space C, via the Montefiore Family Health Clinic.

You can register for the Saturday you wish to attend on Eventbrite.

Bronx REACH CHAMPS Offers FREE Train-the-Trainer Series on Qigong Relaxation Techniques in March & April

Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is pleased to announce the Bronx REACH CHAMPS FREE Train-the-Trainer series on Qigong Relaxation Techniques with Kathryn Davis. There will be two training series: one on Mondays and one on Fridays in March and April 2017 for the public, community health workers and medical staff. Qigong relaxation techniques are fun and easy mind-body practice that help to reduce accumulated stress at the same time that it helps to build physical and energy and vitality.

All workshops will take place at 1 Fordham Plaza, in the 5th floor Group Meeting Space C, via Montefiore Family Health Center, Bronx, NY 10458. The building is located on the corner of Third Avenue and East Fordham Road, across the street from Fordham University. You will need to show ID to enter the building. For transportation, take the D or B train to the Fordham Road stop, Bronx 15, BX 41 and Bee Line 60/61 buses to Fordham Plaza, or the Metro-North Harlem line to the Fordham stop.

You will need to wear comfortable clothing and bring an exercise mat.

INTRODUCTION AND DEMONSTRATION - Friday, March 10 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

March 13 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
March 20 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
March 37 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

April 3 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
April 10 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
April 17 - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

March 17 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
March 24 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
March 31 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

April 7 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
April 14 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
April 21 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reservations are recommended. Please contact Paulette Spencer for more information: pspencer@bchnhealth.org or (929) 220-8177

BCHN Travels to Albany for Record-Setting Advocacy Day

BCHN traveled to Albany on March 6 for Advocacy Day.
On March 6, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) joined the Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS) and 900 community health care supporters in Albany to let lawmakers and the Cuomo administration that New York's health care safety net is at risk. It was the largest turnout in the event's history.

BCHN brought a team of Board members, staff and patients to meet with 10 elected officials that represent the Bronx.

CHCANYS represents the state’s network of non-profit, community-based comprehensive health care facilities, known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). They provide comprehensive health care regardless of a patient's insurance status or ability to pay.

Working out of 650 sites statewide, FQHCs serve two million New Yorkers annually – an increase of 35 percent since 2008. Some 86 percent of patients are near or below the poverty line.

CHCANYS top priority this year is a request for the state to increase funding for indigent care by $20 million – an increase will maintain 2016 funding levels and avoid undue financial harm to FQHCs and other safety net providers that serve high numbers of uninsured New Yorkers. Without these additional dollars, many FQHCs may be forced to reduce staff, eliminate expansion plans and/or limit access precisely at a time when it is anticipated the numbers of uninsured may increase statewide, unnecessarily increasing reliance on more costly forms of care.

Lisa Perry, Interim President and CEO of CHCANYS, said in a statement: “Our health centers provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary health care to everyone who walks in the door, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. They treat patients in the community, helping to keep them out of the emergency room. Any reduction in indigent care funding could reduce access to care and lead to an increase in patients’ reliance on more costly forms of care, such as the emergency room, precisely at a time when many people are at risk of losing coverage due to potential federal actions.”

Assemblymember Michael Blake with members of the BCHN team.  Photo courtesy of Assemblymember Blake
Among the Bronx representatives meeting with BCHN were Assemblymember Michael Blake, who also recently became Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He shared his thoughts in a tweet the next day.

"Health Advocacy Day on Monday provided that recharge of PURPOSE when @BCHNHealth & @Urbanhealthplan came to visit us #BuildingABetterBronx," wrote Assemblymember Blake.

BCHN also met with Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jamaal Bailey (and Chief of Staff Jason Laidley), Senator Jose Rivera, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Luis R. SepĂșlveda, Assemblymember Victor M. Pichardo, Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner.

Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. poses with BCHN project director Nancy Padilla-Manus.

CHCANYS noted that while New York is relying on the work of the safety net healthcare providers that serve high-poverty communities to transform its healthcare delivery system and keep patients out of the emergency room, it has sent those providers only 6 percent of the $2.8 billion spent on this purpose in the last three years. The overwhelming lion's share of the funds has gone to hospital networks, which have received even more state dollars when other hospital-only funding is factored in.

Assemblymember Luis R. SepĂșlveda was among the many Bronx representatives who met with BCHN during Advocacy Day.