Friday, August 10, 2012

Bronx Health REACH e-blast

From the Bronx Health REACH e-blast August 10, 2012 – Please share with others who may be interested!

Call for Presenters for Sept. 22nd Bronx Health Summit – Due August 20th
Just in the Bronx:  Our Voice, Our Choice: It’s Time to Improve the Health of the Bronx
The Bronx Health REACH Coalition invites you to participate in an exciting day-long summit focused on highlighting innovative ways to improve opportunities for healthy eating and active living in the Bronx. Proposals are currently being accepted for presentation and are due no later than Monday, August 20th, 2012.  The Summit will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10456).  If you would like to participate in the Summit as a speaker, make a recommendation for a topic you would like to see addressed during the Summit, or sign up to have a table at the Summit, please fill out the application at   General registration is at

Bronx Conversations for Change Dialogue Circles with Everyday Democracy – August 25th
Bronx Health REACH is partnering with Everyday Democracy to organize dialogue circles to discuss how we can work together with community partners and city agencies to improve Bronx parks and create neighborhoods that support healthy lifestyles.  Dialogue circles are meant to build relationships in the community and will result in actionable next steps to improve our neighborhoods.  Individuals who are interested in organizing a dialogue circle in the community are invited to attend an Organizing Training on August 25th, 2012.  For more information, contact Kelly Moltzen at [email protected] or 212-633-0800 x 1328

Partnership for a Healthier NYC Trainings about Alcohol and Tobacco – September 11th and 21st
The Partnership for a Healthier NYC, funded through a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Transformation Grant received by the New York City Health Department, will be hosting a series of trainings about healthy eating, active living, tobacco, and reduced alcohol consumption this fall. The first two trainings will be around alcohol and tobacco. The alcohol training will take place on September 11th from 3pm to 5:30pm at Public Health Solutions (40 Worth Street, 5th Floor Conference Room). Presenters include the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. The tobacco training will take place on September 21st from 2pm to 5pm at Public Health Solutions (40 Worth Street, 5th Floor Conference Room). Please RSVP by Friday September 5th to Emma Rodgers at[email protected] or (212) 633-0800 x1249.

Farmers Markets
There are 138 farmers markets across NYC, sponsored by GrowNYC and Harvest Home.   Most farmers markets accept food stamps (EBT), and for every $5 spent with EBT at the farmers market, customers receive a $2 Health Buck which can be redeemed for additional fruits and vegetables.  Many markets also host cooking demonstrations and nutrition education workshops.  If your organization would like to organize a walking tour of a farmers market, a limited number of Health Bucks are still available. Attached is a map of farmers markets in NYC; more information can be found at

Health Awareness Through Music - August 11th
Church Alive Development Corporation presents Health Awareness Through Music,“Music To Enjoy During Troubled Times” on Saturday, August 11th from 5:00-8:00pm at 281 East Burnside Ave, Bronx NY 10456. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, please contact William Mitchell at [email protected] or 718-588-5609.

Peddle the Point – August 16th
Do you know what a greenway is? Hunts Point Landing Park? Join the POINT Community Development Corporation’s Summer Youth Employment ACTION program for a tour of the parks and green spaces in Hunts Point on Thursday, August 16th from 9am – 10:30am to learn more about opportunities for physical activity and recreation at the parks and green spaces in Hunts Point. The tour will start promptly at 9am at the POINT (940 Garrison Avenue). Limited bikes will be available, so please bring your own bike, skateboard, scooters, and rollerblades if you have one. For more information, please contact Emma Rodgers at [email protected] or (212) 633-0800 x1249.

Bike Paddle Picnic – August 18th
Join South Bronx Unite! for a free unique tour of the South Bronx and Randell’s Island. The ride will promote environmental awareness through site visits to the waterfront, community gardens, public artwork and historic places, as well as power plants and waste transfer facilities that pollute our river’s shores.  The bike tour leaves at 11am from Brook Park (141stSt and Brook Ave); canoeing & picnic will start at 1pm at the northwest corner of Randell’s Island.  For more information or to RSVP, email [email protected] or

VeloCity Bikesplorers Final Presentation and Bike Tour – August 18th
Student who participated in VeloCity’s Bikesplorers program will take guests on a bike tour of the neighborhoods around Soundview and Concrete Plant Park. The theme for this year's summer program was exploring the relationship between active design, health outcomes in the community and the built environment.   Students have designed art projects that incorporate active design solutions throughout the neighborhood and beyond.  The event will begin at 11am at the Soundview Field House (Lafayette Avenue between Colgate Avenue & Boynton Avenues)
2 -Bronx River Houses NYCHA Community Garden (between Rosedale and Randall Avenues)
3 -View of NCYHA's Classon Point Gardens (Lafayette and Metcalf Avenues)
4 -View of the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center (along Bronx River)
5 -Hunts Point River Side Park (between Lafayette and Edgewater Road)
6 -Concrete Plant Park (between Westchester Avenue and Bruckner Blvd)
7 -View of YMPJ Change Mural (corner of 174th Street and Bronx River Avenue)
8 -Starlight Park (174th Street between West Farms Road and Bronx River Avenue along the Bronx River)
9 -View of the Sheridan Expressway across from our location at Starlight Park
10 -Bronx Graffiti Wall of Fame (between Boone Avenue and 172 through 174th Street)

NOTE: The bike tour stops may be subject to change.

It is located on Lafayette Avenue between Colgate Avenue & Boynton Avenues.

You can take 6 train to Hunts Point Avenue/Southern Blvd stop, get off the train, and walk to take the Bx5 bus to the intersection of Story Avenue and Colgate. From the bus stop it's a 5 minute walk to get to the Fieldhouse which is located along Lafayette Avenues between Colgate and Boynton Avenues.SS
Soundview Field House (Lafayette Avenue between Colgate Avenue & Boynton Avenues) and the bike tour will go until 4pm. Please RSVP to[email protected]. For more information about VeloCity, visit

Paradise Baptist Church “Strive for Healthy Living” Health Fair – August 18th
Paradise Baptist Church will be having a church wide and community health fair on Saturday, August 18th from 10am-4pm.  There will be free screenings, counseling, and information about diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking cessation, and more.   The church is located at 23 Ft. Washington Ave.  Please see attached flyer for more information.

Mt Pisgah Baptist Church Health Fair – August 18th
Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church’s Dance Ministry will present their first praise & worship dance concert on August 18th at 4pm.   The church is located at 1156 Southern Blvd (between Home Street & 167 Street).  Tickets are $10.00; if you would like to purchase tickets please call 646-509-5974 or email [email protected]

Morrisania D&TC and WIC Program Healthy Lifestyles Fair – August 29th
The Morrisania D&TC and WIC Program will be hosting their annual Healthy Lifestyles Fair on August 29th from 11:00-3:30 on Gerard Ave between 167th and 168th Streets.  There will be music, face painting, prizes, dancing, Cookshop, games, and more.  If you would like to volunteer or sponsor a healthy eating or fitness activity at the fair, please contact Theresa Landau at [email protected].

Please remember to send information about your upcoming programs, initiatives, or events that you would like to include in future e-blasts.

Thank you,
the Bronx Health REACH staff

Bronx Health REACH is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is a program of the Institute for Family Health.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc Celebrate National Health Center Week 2012

Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. (BCHN)
Celebrates National Health Center Week 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                
August 6, 2012
Bronx Community Health Network, Inc. celebrates National Health Center Week (August 5-11). The weeklong (August 5-11) campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of community health centers will be commemorated with three events. The events will provide health education to patients and the community, recognize outstanding patients and staff members and  raise awareness about programs and  health care services available for free or at low cost for the community.

BCHN Health Fair
Tuesday August 7, 2012, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Poe Park, 192nd Street & Grand Concourse, 10458

Kicking off the week, our third annual health fair will focus on keeping the uninsured healthy and out of hospital emergency rooms by providing referrals to affordable high quality health care, various no-cost health screenings, nutrition education, fitness and increasing fruit and vegetable consumption through Farmer’s Market purchases. There will be 30 information booths and fun fitness activities for adults and children.

No-Cost Digital Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams (Mobile Unit)
Wednesday August 8, 2012 (by appointment only, 718-405-7720)
Decatur Avenue at E. 193rd Street
Bronx, NY 10458
BCHN will continue celebrations by offering No-Cost Mammograms to women over 40 years old, who have not had a mammogram within the last 12 months (1 year).

Annual Community Health Professionals Dinner
Thursday August 9, 2012, 5:30 8:30 p.m (by invitation only)
The Eastwood Manor- 3371 Eastchester Road

BCHN will wrap up the week with this annual event that recognizes the hard work of health center staff and hand-selected Patient Health Champions. Health Educators, Nutritionists, Patient Navigators and Peer Educators will be recognized for their efforts and support of the community focused goals of BCHN.

For additional details, please contact Renee Whiskey, Health Educator at 718-405-4993. Thank you for your continuing support of community health centers. 

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