October has been a very exciting month for BCHN. We are gearing up to expand our reach and enhance access to medical, behavioral and oral health care services for the
communities served by our affiliated health centers.
Taft Campus School Health Center will get a state-of-the-art dental unit, and at
Comprehensive Health Care Center, pediatricians, dentists and nurses will collaborate to apply fluoride varnish to children’s teeth in the medical pediatrics unit, and to integrate the
Bright Smiles curriculum into pediatric and nurse training.
Claremont Health Center will expand access for children by adding Saturday hours for pediatricians.
We are delighted to participate in the
Bronx Healthy Start Partnership, led by Dr. Hal Strelnick, collaborating with the Community Action Network to achieve better health outcomes for families, especially in perinatal and women’s health. Our community health workers have begun to work with patient-centered medical home teams at several health centers, reaching and re-engaging patients, who have missed appointments or important health screenings, in the care process.
Now that Fall is in full swing and November is around the corner, I urge everyone to join us in combating childhood obesity and sharing healthy Halloween treats and fun fitness activities on social media. Remember, Fall is a fantastic time to try the wonderful produce at your local farmers’ markets, go apple picking, stroll in Bronx parks and enjoy the beautiful foliage.
Have a safe and healthy Halloween!
Associates from BCHN and the Family Health Center (located at
1 Fordham Plaza, 5th floor) were present during the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club Carnival and Street Fair, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Community health workers interacted with the students from the Boys & Girls Club, teaching them about nutrition and demonstrating how much sugar is present in popular foods and drinks.
Assistant Director Administration
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
Sonia Rodriguez is all about streamlining and breaking down barriers to help people, organizations, and other entities work together to achieve great things.
Sonia, who has been with the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) for five years, has spent a good deal of her career in government but according to her, her real strength her ability to communicate and make connections.
“I’m a talker. I know how to put people together. My strength is really in communications and cutting through bureaucracy. I understand that community-based organizations (CBOs) rely on grants and federal funding for their missions. That said, it doesn’t mean that they need to duplicate what has been done by other CBOs, or not extend their reach within the CBO community. Too often organizations get caught up in their own mission, and don’t concentrate on expanding their reach and resources. I like helping connect the dots and helping break past barriers,” she says. “Your client is my patient, your parishioner, your customer; they are all the same person in the community. So I like to step in and say, ‘instead of tripping over each other, let’s work together to maximize our resources to help the client.’”
The REACH CHAMPS Partnership
Sonia is a pivotal REACH CHAMPS partner who has been instrumental in guiding the Shop Healthy initiative. The Bronx REACH CHAMPS Shop Healthy initiative engages residents, food retailers, food suppliers, and distributors and calls for increased access to healthy foods. “This is a model that uses relationships within the community, particularly the partnerships that BCHN has, to help maintain the community; and really, that is what we want. We want people to live in their neighborhoods and in their homes as long as possible without having to need long-term, acute care for illnesses that are preventable,” says Sonia.
“I love Shop Healthy. I think it is a fantastic thing,” she said. “I am learning a lot about community supermarkets… figuring out the culture, the ways to really get the owners involved and genuinely vested in the well-being of the communities they serve.”
For Sonia, success with the Shop Healthy initiative will be attained when “supermarkets feel a real responsibility to the community not just a need to supply food. There will be a real connection and care for the communities they serve. I want the owners to be committed to provide the highest level of client care. I want them to see beyond the bottom line margins and genuinely care about their clients.”
Pictured: BCHN Supervisor for Community Health Workers and Community Health Educator, Renée Whiskey dropping off a box of donated items from BCHN staff at NYC Councilman Andy King's office.
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