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After a successful pilot at Comprehensive Health Care Center, BCHN is expanding its Breathe Free Bronx asthma program to Williamsbridge Family Practice.
Breathe Free Bronx is a home-based asthma program for patients to help improve asthma symptoms and reduce hospitalizations and visits to the emergency room due to asthma complications. This community health worker-led initiative focuses on meeting patients where they are, at the health center, and at home to educate the family on asthma self-management.
"By expanding Breathe Free Bronx to Williamsbridge, BCHN provided our practice with a wonderful opportunity to improve the care of our patients with asthma," enthuses Dr. Fabienne M L. Daguilh (pictured right).
"Our patients will not only benefit from a targeted education in the office but will also receive additional teaching at their home. These services will truly address the contributing environmental factors that make asthma one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the Bronx. This multidisciplinary approach to asthma is a big step in addressing health disparities in our underserved population."
Millions of people around the world live with diabetes or know someone living with diabetes. While diabetes is not yet a curable disease, it is a very treatable one, and no matter how frightening, annoying, and frustrating it can be, people with diabetes can live long, healthy, and happy lives. Comprehensive Family Care Center (CFCC) recently put a spotlight on the disease with a Diabetes Day event, spearheaded by Montefiore's Joanie Bennett, CCNM, pictured above with John Ruiz, BCHN Board of Directors Treasurer.
"We wanted to highlight the many diabetes services available at CFCC," Bennett explained.
Patients were educated on the types of diabetes, managing diets (with portion plate giveaways!), understanding blood sugar levels, the importance of exercise, eye health, and much more.
Pictured below (left to right): Claire Garon, Health Educator; Loriel Johnson, Health Educator; Belky Peguero, Complete Care Specialist, Health First; Joanie Bennett, CCNC; Jessica Castro, BCHN Outreach Worker Supervisor; and Vivian Garcia, Marketing Manager.
BCHN began a six-month hypertension management program pilot in July at Bay Eden Senior Center. Free screenings were provided each week, along with education on blood pressure monitoring and management. BCHN helped participating 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 Wednesday morning program has now been added to the Bay Eden Senior Center schedule for the next year. Bay Eden will celebrate the success of the pilot and the progress made by participants at special event on March 27.
BCHN plans on expanding the program with another site to be announced soon.