As we send out this edition of the Bronx Health REACH eblast we learn that the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson County Health Ranking Report still shows the Bronx as 62 out of 62 in health outcomes. Though disappointed, we are confident that the work many of us are doing now is having the kind of impact that will eventually take us out of 62nd place. So as you read about:

Your Chance to get The Bronx Salad on the Cover of Edible Bronx Magazine

REACH Grantees Tell Senator Gillibrand's staff about Obamacare's Other Benefits

Profiles of New York City Public Advocate Letitia James and Bronx Health REACH Vegetable and Fruit Prescription Program's Community Health Workers

Bronx Health REACH in the News

we encourage you to join the #Not62 campaign. Together we will make Not62 a reality!

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REACH Grantees Tell Senator Gillibrand’s 

Staff about Obamacare’s Other Benefits

On Friday, March 17th the Bronx Health REACH Coalition members from Walker Memorial Baptist Church, Church of God of Prophecy, and Christ the King Catholic Church, and representatives from the two other New York REACH grantees, Bronx Community Health Network and New York University School of Medicine REACH FAR project met and spoke with staff members from Senator Kristen Gillibrand's office to showcase the work REACH grantees are doing in several NYC communities. We felt it important to let the Senator know about the community transformation effect of REACH and that support for it comes out of the Prevention Fund in the ACA. 

While the staff of the three REACH grantees spoke well of our respective work, it was the testimonials of the community residents present that illustrated the changes happening in the community. Sandra Jenkins, representing Church of God of Prophecy, shared the experience that at past church events soda would always be one of the first things consumed. But over the past year she has noticed that it’s now water that’s consumed first, leaving the soda virtually untouched. Flora Goldston, representing Walker Memorial Baptist Church, shared that there are now many parishioners at her church who are exercising more, visiting farmers markets, having their blood pressure checked. Bronx Health REACH is grateful to Senator Gillibrand’s staff for spending almost 2 hours with the group, learning of the work being done and its impact on the lives of community residents. We hope that with this information the senator will become a huge champion of REACH in the US Senate.

Trust for America's Health (TFAH), a longtime supporter of REACH, is circulating a sign-on letter to the leaders in both the House and the Senate with budget oversight urging them to fund REACH at its current level of $50.95 million in Fiscal Year 2018. We encourage your organization to sign on to the letter by clicking here.


Bronx Health REACH in the News

The popularity of The Bronx Salad is not going unnoticed by the media as two stories appeared in February, and two in March. The Bronx Times spoke with Bronx Health REACH partner, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development's (SoBRO) Jamila Diaz about The Bronx Salad in the article, “The Bronx Salad is a 5-star tasty mix.” You can read the article here.
DNAInfo covered The Bronx Salad back in October, and reporter Eddie Small recently paid follow-up visits to Delmy, Don Pancho’s, Mott Haven Bar and Grill, and Fine Fare Supermarket (459 East 149th Street) to see how The Bronx Salad is doing with customers. The headline says it all: “Bronxites Can’t Get Enough of the Bronx Salad, Local Restaurateurs Say.” Click here to read the article.
News12 The Bronx aired a follow up piece as well about The Bronx Salad in which they highlighted their visit to El Nuevo Delicioso (410 East 148th Street in the Bronx) and their conversation with restaurant owner Ruperto Morocho and Chef King Phojanakong for the story, “Bronx Salad catches on among borough restaurants.” You can view it here.
Bronx Health REACH was featured in The Atlantic’s CityLab online story on how cutting funding from the national REACH program would have a negative effect on not only the work Bronx Health REACH has done in the Bronx, but the other forty-eight local entities across the U.S. that have received REACH grants. You can read the article, “The Fight to Close the Racial Health Gap Just Got Harder,” here.


Help Get The Bronx Salad on the

Cover for Edible Bronx Magazine

Edible Bronx, a print magazine celebrating the food, drink and urban agriculture in the Bronx spoke with Bronx Health REACH's Charmaine Ruddock, SoBRO's Donna Davis and Henry Obispo from the United Business Cooperative about The Bronx Salad at the beginning of March, and that story will be published in their Grow Issue on April 15th. Edible Bronx is giving the public an opportunity to vote on which cover photo should be featured on that issue, and we firmly believe the best representation of a healthy Bronx with it's culinary diversity would be none other than the above photo of The Bronx Salad, taken at Delmy Restaurant, a partner in the Healthy Restaurant program.
To cast your vote for The Bronx Salad to appear on the April cover, visit Edible Bronx's Instagram page,  and you will find two posts: one from March 23rd (it is the one with all the potential 5 covers), and the post right before it with the photo of The Bronx Salad by itself. Be sure to Like the post with The Bronx Salad by itself, and leave a comment for the other post telling Edible Bronx you would like to see The Bronx Salad on the April cover. Thank you for casting your vote in getting The Bronx Salad on the cover.


Bronx Health REACH Appears at

NYU Community Health Forum and

Just Food Conference

The Just Food Conference, a two day event featuring interactive workshops, policy discussions, and opportunities to advocate for equitable food policy, was held at Teachers College, Columbia University on Sunday, March 12th. Emma Rodgers from Bronx Health REACH appeared with Ramon Murphy, President of the Bodega Association and a Bronx Health REACH partner in the Healthy Bodega Program. The panel, Bronx Bodegas: Healthy Retail in the Bronx, also featured Montefiore Medical Center, BronxWorks and Urban Health Plan, each of whom is doing their own Healthy Bodega Programs.

The New York University College of Global Public Health held a Community Health Forum on Friday, March 10th and Bronx Health REACH's Charmaine Ruddock spoke on the panel, Promoting Inter-sectoral Partnerships. Other panelists included, Adrienne Abbate from the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness; Sandra Lobo from the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition; and Tamara Greenfield from Building Healthy Communities, the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships. Charmaine focused her remarks on the importance of aligning ones organization’s interests with those of ones partners and collaborators for successful inter-sectoral partnerships. To illustrate her point she cited Bronx Health REACH’s Healthy Bodega program which, in its current iteration, recognizes that the success of the program is contingent on bodega owners experience that selling healthy food is as good for their bottom line as it is for the health of their customers. In addition to the Healthy Bodega Initiative, Charmaine also shared with the audience a similar alignment of interests with the restaurant owners in Bronx Health REACH’s Healthy Restaurant Initiative.



A profile on Letitia James, the first African American woman to hold the position of New York City Public Advocate.


Read about the commitment of our Community Health Workers in the Vegetable and Fruit Prescription Program. 

Bronx Health REACH Upcoming Meetings


April 21st  1:30 to 3:30 PM
Cosmopolitan Church
39 West 190th St, Bronx, NY 10468


April 24th  3:30 to 5:30 PM
Morrisania WIC, Room 214
1225 Gerard Ave, Bronx, NY 10452

Bronx Health REACH Partner Events


Improve the Grand Concourse
The Department of Transportation has provided an online portal to provide comments on Phase 4 of the Grand Concourse Capital Project Plan (from 175th St to Fordham Road). Click below to provide your feedback and suggest improvements to street safety that support complete street elements for the Grand Concourse. 


Open to District 16 Residents
The Franz Sigel Elementary School (PS 35), a recipient of a Bronx Health REACH active design grant, is one of fifteen ballot choices under Council Member Vanessa Gibson's participatory budget. If you are a resident of District 16 we encourage you to vote in support of a $400,00 playground renovation for PS35.   


April 18th 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
The Union Community Health Center and Bronx Health REACH, serving as co-leads, along with other partners invite you to the official community launch of The Bronx Healthy Beverage Zone (HBZ) project. The goal is to encourage Bronx medical facilities, community based organizations, schools, houses of worship, and other organizations to make healthier beverage choices and adopt HBZ best practices at their workplaces. Hostos Community College, 120 East 149th Street, 2nd Floor, Multipurpose Room. 

Other Announcements


April 2nd 1:00 PM  
With representatives from the Comptroller's Office, Public Advocate's Office, and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs. Holy Family Church 2158 Watson Ave, Bronx NY 10472. (718) 931-2620. 


April 6th 5:30 to 8:30 PM 
Panel discussions on immigration and guideline and steps to protect yourself regardless of immigration status. Bronx House, 990 Parkway South, Bronx NY 10461. (718) 655-5000. 


Ends April 7th  
See how explicit racism was designed into the fabric and structure of our cities and country. Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.  


April 6th 8:30 AM to 2 PM 
Find out how cardiovascular diseases affect Latinos in the Northeast, and the critical role Latino leaders play in fighting this disease.   

Job Opportunities


Through June 2017
We are seeking an intern to help with surveys of customers and restaurant owners that are participating in our Healthy Restaurant program. Great opportunity for students pursuing under grad/graduate level studies.


Full Time Position
Ensures all Bronx-Westchester AHEC health career and student internship programs are implemented, monitored and evaluated to meet goals and standards of the BW AHEC board of directors.  



Applications due April 14th
The 2017 Cultivating Healthy Communities Grant Program seeks to support communities' efforts to become healthier places to live, work, learn, play and pray. Award amount between $50,000 and $100,000.


Applications due April 20th
The Community Grants Program increases children’s access to fresh fruit and vegetables beyond the school day with access after school, on weekends, during summer breaks, and in other creative venues.
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