March has been a busy month at Bronx Community Health Network, including a trip to Albany for Advocacy Day on March 6. BCHN joined the Community Health Care Association of NYS (CHCANYS) and 900 community health care supporters in Albany to let lawmakers and the Cuomo administration know that New York's health care safety net is at risk. It was the largest turnout in the event's history.
BCHN brought a team of Board members, staff and patients to meet with elected officials that represent the Bronx, including Assemblymember Michael Blake (pictured below), who also recently became Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He shared his thoughts on Twitter the next day.
"Health Advocacy Day on Monday provided that recharge of PURPOSE when @BCHNHealth & @Urbanhealthplan came to visit us #BuildingABetterBronx," Assemblymember Blake tweeted.
BCHN also met with Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. (pictured below), Senator Gustavo Rivera, Senator Jamaal Bailey, Senator Jose Rivera, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Luis R. Sepúlveda, Assemblymember Victor M. Pichardo, Assemblymember Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Assemblymember Latoya Joyner.
About 2-3 months ago, I met a patient who was experiencing a great deal of adversity. She had just given birth to her first child, and was in need of food, housing and more. Initially, she was resistant to any help, but after small interactions when we would see one another at CHCC, or even in the corner bodega, she walked in one day and asked for help. I referred her to Catholic Guardian for the parenting classes, crib, diapers and clothing; Davidson Community Center for housing; and gave her a flyer for a Home Health Aide (HHA) training class on the Concourse.
After a few unsuccessful follow-up calls, she came in to visit me this morning to share her excitement about completing the parenting classes. As a result, she has been able to participate in various activities and services they offer, including monthly baby showers where they provide each family with cool and different baby gear, free daycare services, and parent support groups. Upon completion of her physical, she will be attending HHA classes. After a 30-day probation period, she will receive job placement with health, transportation and childcare benefits. While attempting to return to school, she was offered a paid internship as mentor to students at her former high school. Although she is still searching for permanent housing, her disposition was brighter than ever and it brought me such an overwhelming sense of joy.
at I had to share with you all.
LEMONY CUCUMBER SALAD
1 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 cup finely chopped orange bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 English cucumbers, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.
Combine lemon rind and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Pour over cucumber mixture; toss well to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Saturday, April 1 (12:00 PM-4:00 PM - Celebrate Bronx
Bronx Community Board 6 has been working with Fordham University to host a joint event on April 1st from 12:00 PM-4:00 PM at the McGinley Center showing the resources in the community and University. The University will be leading campus tours as well as having food vendors, music, activities for young children, and performances.
Thursdays (5:00 PM-6:00 PM) - Shape Up NYC Cardio Scuplt Class
BCHN community health worker Yaritza Holguin recently became a certified Shape Up NYC instructor, and is teaching a FREE Cardio Sculpt class at Evander Childs Educational Campus on Thursdays at 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,