Bronxnet's OPEN Features BCHN in Open Enrollment Segment

BCHN Board of Directors member Marjorie A. Cadogan and community health worker supervisor Patrizia Bernard appeared on Bronxnet's OPEN on December 17 to discuss open enrollment for 2019 health insurance. Watch their segment below, hosted by Bob Lee.

'Open Space Dialogues' to Feature BCHN's Paulette Spencer as Panelist

There area so many reasons why New York City neighborhoods need parks and open spaces. They mitigate stormwater. They provide habitat for animals and plants. They make our city more beautiful and more practical. And they keep us healthy, both mentally and physically. But making sure that parks are havens for active uses and physical recreation isn't easy. This installment of the Open Space Dialogues explores the ways New Yorkers have, and want to, create opportunities for active recreation and health. Panelists will present and respond to examples from New York City's government, citywide nonprofits, and neighborhood groups.

* How can parks contribute to different scales of health - mental, physical, neighborhood, public health?
* What park designs and programming prevents or catalyzes active recreation?
* How can parks balance changing user groups, sports popularity, and informal recreation demand?
* What are neighborhood knock-on effects for parks with an active recreation & health focus?
* Where are recreation needs of New Yorkers not being met?

Sheila Barksdale-Gordon & Dionne Grayman, Co-Founders, We Run Brownsville
Joanna Frank, President & CEO, Center for Active Design
Martin Maher, Brooklyn Commissioner, NYC Parks

Michael Schnall, Vice President, Government Relations & Community Investment, New York Road Runners
Mike Silverman, Director of Sports, City Parks Foundation
Paulette Spencer, Community Engagement-Policy Analyst, Bronx Community Health Network

Jeff Coltin, Staff Reporter, City & State

Open Space Dialogues: Healthy City, Active Places
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Doors open 6:00 pm, Program 6:30 - 8:00 pm
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

Generously hosted by
New York Law School's
The Center for New York City Law and
The Impact Center for Public Interest Law


Guides Now Available for Eight Bronx Parks and Open Spaces

Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is proud to announce the development and release of guides for eight Bronx parks and open spaces have been developed.

Initially, seven guides were prepared by New Yorkers for Parks that included information on the following: Poe Park, St. James Park, Devoe Park, Aqueduct Walk, Soundview Park, Seton Falls Park and Shoelace Park.  A guide for Williamsbridge Oval has now been released as well.

Over the past two years, the BCHN-led Bronx REACH Champs Parks and Open Spaces Coalition sponsored community-based public events at these locations to raise awareness, increase park access, and enhance current parks programming for community residents.

Each colorful 11" x 17" guide features the following:
- Brief history of the park
- Directions and transportation information
- Visitor's map
- List of park-specific facilities and available activities
- Checklist of park activities requiring a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- Instructions on how to obtain park permits
- Current programming specific to each park
- Contact information for NYC council representatives whose community district includes each park

Download the park guides in English and Spanish at the links below:

Devoe Park
English / Spanish

St. James Park
English / Spanish

Poe Park
English / Spanish

Aqueduct Walk
English / Spanish

Seton Falls Park
English / Spanish

Shoelace Park
English / Spanish

Soundview Park
English / Spanish

Williamsbridge Oval
English / Spanish

Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is an innovative, caring organization that is changing lives every day.  BCHN assures access to quality, affordable medical, diagnostic and social support services for over 118,000 children and adults at 21 network health centers. BCHN collaborates with more than 60 multi-sector organizations to plan and implement clinical and community programs to manage chronic disease, overcome social, economic and education challenges, and embrace healthy living. The organization advocates for policies and resources to reduce health disparities related to preventable chronic diseases, disability and deaths. To find out more, visit

New Yorkers for Parks conducts research and develops tangible policy recommendations around our findings related to park development, management and sustainability. Using this research as a foundation for our advocacy campaigns, NY4P drives both immediate actions and long-term policies that protect and enhance the city’s vast network of parks, ensure adequate and equitable distribution of open space resources to all neighborhoods, and inform and empower communities throughout New York City to advocate for their open space needs. To support our efforts, NY4P builds and maintains strategic partnerships with government officials and agencies, local parks groups and conservancies, academic institutions, and other key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Find out more at

BCHN Partnering with Allerton Library for Health Education Series

BCHN will leading health education workshops at the New York Public Library's Allerton branch during the next three Fridays from 2-3 pm.

October 26: Women's Health
November 2: Stress Management
November 9: Healthy Holiday Eating

The Allerton Library is located at 2740 Barnes Ave, Bronx, NY 10467.