BCHN to Honor Health Champions During National Health Center Week

In celebration of National Health Center Week, Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) will bring together health champions for the 12th Annual Community Health Champions Recognition Dinner on Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-8:30 PM. The ceremony will be hosted by television producer, actor and host Rhina Valentin.

For the eighth 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: The Key to Healthier Communities, BCHN is celebrating the accomplishments of patient health champions at the health centers in its network. Awards will also be presented to partners, health leaders, and for community service.

“We have inherited a powerful legacy from community health center and civil rights pioneers of the early 1960s,” said Bronx Community Health Network CEO Eleanor Larrier, MPA. “They recognized the importance of community participation and decision-making in creating a coordinated primary health system that would meet health, socio-economic, education, environmental and cultural needs of disenfranchised populations. It is our responsibility to ensure that their vision of health equity is realized and lives on.”

As local community owned and operated businesses, community health centers serve over 25 million Americans at more than 9,000 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.

“This celebration highlights the breadth of services of Bronx Community Health Network, and a number of incredibly inspiring patient success stories,” said Rhina Valentin, host of BronxNet’s OPEN and the upcoming MNN series COLORS OF RHINA. “I am thrilled to be hosting this year’s ceremony.”

Health centers not only prevent illness and foster wellness in the most challenging populations; they produce innovative solutions to the most pressing healthcare issues in their communities. They reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the factors that may cause sickness, such as lack of nutrition, mental illness, homelessness and addiction. Because of their long record of success in innovation, managing healthcare costs, and reducing chronic disease, leaders in Congress have declared health centers a model of care that offers a “bipartisan solution to the primary care access problems” facing our nation.

With continued support from public officials and policy makers, as well as the tireless dedication and work of providers and staff, the legacy of community health centers will live on through future generations and continue to make positive impacts within the communities they serve.

About Bronx Community Health Network
Bronx Community Health Network (BCHN) is a non-profit Federally Funded Health Center that sponsors 18 community- and school-based health centers, owned and operated by Montefiore Medical Center and the Acacia Network. Serving more than 100,000 individuals from the Bronx each year, BCHN health centers offer Bronx residents affordable, quality medical care and related health services regardless of immigration status, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or ability to pay. Through its centers, individuals have access to comprehensive patient-centered care, including support services such as social workers, health educators, and nutritionists. Through its community based programs, BCHN promotes healthy lifestyles through health-related events; and links and refers community members to health care and other social support services. To find out more, visit bchnhealth.org.