Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bronx Health REACH e-blast

 Neighborhood Grants – Deadline December 17th
The Fund for Public Health in New York (The Fund), on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Partnership for Healthier New York City, has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for community organizations and residents to work with Borough Lead Coalitions to advance the work of NYC’s Community Transformation Grant (CTG).  The Bronx Health REACH Coalition led by the Institute for Family Health is the Bronx Borough Lead Coalition. Bronx Health REACH, the Partnership and neighborhood contractors selected in the RFP will work together to support the development and implementation of environmental, infrastructure and systems changes around healthy eating, active living, alcohol and tobacco in the Bronx.  Details about the project and the RFP can be found online at  The deadline for receipt of proposals is December 17th.  For more information, please contact Emma Rodgers at [email protected]

Bronx Health REACH Coalition meeting – December 7th
The next Coalition meeting for Bronx Health REACH will be Friday, December 7th from 9:30am-12:00pm, at Walker Memorial Baptist Church (120 E. 169th St, Bronx NY 10452).  The meeting will focus on presentations from housing groups highlighting exciting community development projects that are improving the health and wellness of Bronx residents.  To RSVP, please contact Yvette Holland at [email protected] or call 212-633-0800 x 1232

Bronx Health REACH Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup meeting – December 20th
The next Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup meeting will be Thursday, December 20th from 10am-12pm at the Morrisania Diagnostic & Treatment Center (1225 Gerard Ave, Bronx NY 10452), room 214.  We will continue to discuss strategies and a workplan for nutrition and fitness initiatives in both school and community settings.

Office of School Wellness Council Grantees Announced
Congratulations to the schools that received grants from the NYC Department of Education Office of School Wellness.  The School Wellness Council (SWC) program is awarding 125 schools with resources, tools and incentives to create a SWC, or further develop the work of an existing council. SWCs are charged with developing practical and innovative ways to address various components of wellness for students and the school community, e.g., PE, health education, physical activity, school nutrition, staff wellness, mental health, and other wellness-related programs. Grantee schools receive funding along with technical assistance through mentoring and networking events.  Bronx Health REACH’s partner schools that received the grant include: PS 43, PS 385, Health Opportunities High School, PS 55, PS 64, JHS 145, PS 204, P/IS 218, Validus Prep, Bronx Writing Academy, and Sheridan Academy.  P/IS 218 and Sheridan Academy have been designated Mentor schools and can share best practices with other schools looking to implement school wellness initiatives.

Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School in the News!
Congratulations to Bronx Academy of Promise Charter School (BAOP) for its innovative use of technology and achieving an “A” on their school report card!  BAOP is a Bronx Health REACH partner school and participates in the Obesity Prevention Program with nutrition education for third graders.

The BLK Projek Veggie Bus Project
The BLK Projek has received partial funding to start a Veggie Bus project in the Bronx. In collaboration with Wassaic Community Farm, the BLK project will rehab a beautifully painted school bus that runs on veggie oil to deliver and sell pesticide free produce and added value food.  To raise the remaining funds necessary for the project, Tanya Fields will be creating a video for a fundraising platform site.  If you would like to be interviewed about why this kind of project is important, and especially if you are a Bronx-Based resident, practitioner who works in the Bronx and/or Food Justice advocates, please contact Tanya Fields ASAP at [email protected].  

Bronx River Alliance “Bridge the Gap” campaign
The Bronx River Alliance and several other organizations are asking Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo to complete the construction of Starlight Park, Phase 2.   Starlight Park, which straddles both sides of the Bronx River in the Crotona Park East and Bronx River sections of the South Bronx, is a critical link for the Bronx River Greenway.  By completing the construction of the park, over 100,000 residents in adjacent neighborhoods will could gain access to the Bronx river, the new parks along its banks, and an invaluable bike and walking trail system.  To find out more information and support this request from Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Cuomo, please visit the Bronx River Alliance website.

New York State to Hire 5000 New Yorkers for Sandy Cleanup   
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the state has secured a $27 million federal grant that will help put more than 5,000 unemployed New Yorkers to work helping clean-up communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.  The State Department of Labor will assist local communities to identify and hire workers. The full-time, temporary positions range from Community Relations Specialists providing outreach to the disaster-stricken communities, to administrative assistants. Individuals who are interested in applying for a job under this grant are encouraged to contact the Department of Labor at 1-888-4-NYSDOL (1-888-469-7365) or by visiting   All individuals must be unemployed to be eligible. Once hired, workers will earn approximately $15 per hour to work on short and long-term projects. In addition to offering benefits and on-the-job experience, each worker will be given assistance in finding their next job. Eligible youth will also be certified in the Governor's New York Youth Works program. 

Vote for Coqui the Chef in Online Childhood Obesity Challenge
Coqui the Chef, a Bronx-based social enterprise organization promoting healthier alternatives to traditional Latino cuisine, provides innovative cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops throughout the tri-state area.  Coqui the Chef has entered an online challenge from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, focused on seeking innovative solutions aimed at reducing obesity.  You can vote for Coqui the Chef’s proposal to reduce childhood obesity in the South Bronx, by visiting: .  Remember to leave an inspiring comment!

Bronx Music Heritage Center Living Legends Event – December 5th
Bronx Health REACH Coalition member, WHEDco, has established the Bronx Music Heritage Center to celebrate the rich history and creative spirit that defines Bronx music.  On Wednesday December 5th, the Center will honor Andy Gonzalez at Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture at 450 Grand Concourse. For free tickets, call 718.518.4455. There is a $5 suggested donation to support BMHC programming.

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