A Look at the BronxWorks Newly Formed Health Committee

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BronxWorks kicked off 2015 by committing to a focus on health, nutrition, and wellness in the borough: an imperative no better expressed than in our new Health Committee. Founded in February 2015 by Community Health Programs Director Kim Wong and Assistant Department Director of Supportive Housing and Health Policy Megan Fogarty, the committee seeks to coordinate existing health programming within BronxWorks and create integrated, collaborative health programming. The Committee unites BronxWorks program directors from all departments to share their work, resources, and ideas for the future, raising awareness across our diverse program areas of both current and possible upcoming health-related projects.  

With the launch of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s #Not62 campaign to improve health outcomes for Bronx residents, community health and wellness in the borough has recently come into the public spotlight – for both the Bronx at large and within our organization.  The need for effective, community-specific health and wellness initiatives in the Bronx is stark: the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that initially sparked #Not62 ranked the Bronx last out of New York State’s 62 counties in terms of overall health outcomes.  The Bronx has the highest rate of reported high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity in the City: 35.1% of residents report having had hypertension and 14.8% report diabetes, while 37.9% report being overweight and 31.2% report being obese, dramatically exceeding citywide and nationwide rates.

While presently in its early stages, the Health Committee is currently working towards creating a mission statement and concrete goals. In the short term, the group intends to take inventory of all health-related programming at BronxWorks, prioritize health issues, create resources for staff and clients, educate the agency about health issues of the Bronx, and explore funding opportunities to build capacity. Looking towards the long-term future, the Committee aims to utilize its collective knowledge and expertise to provide broader recommendations to the agency, government, and other community-based organizations to have a lasting positive impact on health outcomes in the Bronx.

Monthly meetings bring together staff from a range of programs, including our Navigator Health Insurance Program, Health Homes healthcare coordination for those with chronic conditions, Positive Living program for HIV-positive clients, senior services, workforce development, and health & nutrition programs. With several exciting collaborative health projects on the horizon—including a New York Community Trust-funded healthy food access and exercise program in development—the Health Committee is off to a promising start, and looks forward to building a healthier Bronx.

To learn more about the new BronxWorks Health Committee, please contact Community Health Programs Director Kim Wong ((718) 508-3189; kwong@bronxworks.org) or Assistant Department Director of Supportive Housing and Health Policy Megan Fogarty ((646) 731-3417; mfogarty@bronxworks.org).

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