This October, Bronx Community Health Network is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Each year it is estimated that over 246,660 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.
Over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the United States today.
Early warning signs of breast cancer may involve the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue or skin. Women should perform a self breast-exam each month and any changes or abnormalities should be discussed with a doctor or physician.
Mammograms can often show a breast lump before it can be felt. Women 40 and older should have mammograms every 1 or 2 years.
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In addition to Eleanor Larrier, three other members of the BCHN staff served on the National Planning Committee and organized the conference kick-off event on Thursday, September 15th. Arousiag Markarian served as the Volunteer Coordinator. Ndeye Ngom and Winifred MacQuaye coordinated the media and assisted with sponsorship. All three are pictured above with other volunteer staff.
The conference discussed current trends in African immigrant health, including disparities in infectious and chronic diseases, and access to healthcare services. The conversation was focused on assessing gaps in the current healthcare system that prevent African immigrants and refugees from adequately accessing care.
Ndeye Ngom emceed the kick-off event and introduced the conference with Margaret Korto from the Office of Minority Health, both discussing the work they do in the African community. There was food, and live drummers from Ghana with a featured traditional cultural dance performance. The evening closed with an interactive francophone dance.
On Saturday, September 17, director of programs Tashi Chodon presented information on BCHN's outreach and enrollment programs, and the Bronx Healthy Start partnership with community health worker Emma Torres.
The diverse group of speakers and panelists provided in-depth insight, as well as actionable and practical tools of engagement models, methods and mechanisms that have been successful in working with African immigrants and refugees in the USA.
Bronx Parks and Open Spaces Guides Developed, Released Online
A set of Bronx REACH CHAMPS guides for parks and open spaces have been developed, and are now available online. The seven guides, prepared by New Yorkers for Parks, include information on: Poe Park, St. James Park, Devoe Park, Aqueduct Walk, Soundview Park, Seton Falls Park and Shoelace Park.
Bronx REACH CHAMPS sponsored community-based public events designed at these seven locations to increase park access and enhance current parks programming for community residents this past summer.
Each guide includes a colorful 11"x17" format featuring:
- Brief history of the park
- Directions and transportation information
- Visitor's map
- List of park-specific facilities and available activities
- Instructions on how to obtain park permits (and a checklist of activities requiring a permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation)
- Current programming specific to each park
- Contact information for NYC council representatives whose community district includes each park
Download the park guides
University Avenue Family Practice Walking Group Enjoys Devoe Park
Every Wednesday, community health worker Pedro Gonzalez leads a walking group from University Avenue Family Practice to Devoe Park, where participants enjoy an hour of physical activity. In the recent photo above, the group shows off the September schedule for the #GoHealthy in the Park events.
Family Health Center Walking Group Joins #GoHealthy in the Park Series
A new Wednesday walking group walked from University Avenue Family Practice to Devoe Park, where the #GoHealthy in the Park programming was taking place.
Tour de Bronx Starting Point
Bedford Park Boulevard West
Between Goulden Avenue and Paul Avenue
Bronx, NY 10468
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
To learn about upcoming events and locations check out the BCHN
events page, or to arrange for BCHN representatives to be at your upcoming event,