Health Fair at Tremont Park
It was a hot summer day in the Bronx at Tremont Park. There were many children at the park enjoying the weather with friends and family. The Story Hour with our Director of Health & Wellness was well attended by the children under a cool tent. A clown created fun things with the children, including making animal balloons and creating funny faces for the children with face painting.
The Bronx continues to experience disparities in pediatric health care. For example, children in the Bronx are 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than children in the other boroughs. Correspondingly, when factored by race and ethnicity, the disparities are even more shocking. Statistics released by the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, Inc., in 2017, showed that over 40% of the children in the Bronx live below 100% of the federal poverty guideline.
With these striking statistics in mind, VIP will be providing comprehensive services to children from birth to 18 years old. We understand children are our future!
Community Resource Fair
The Community Resource Fair held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in the parking lot at 716 Fairmount & 1870 Crotona Avenue, was a collaborative partnership with our local school CS44, VIP Community Services, CBO Phipps Neighborhoods, NYC Community Planning Board #6, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, and Parent Teacher’s Association. Resources were available for the community such as New York Public Library, DC 37-Voter Registration, Health Services, Narcan Training, Rain Senior Services, and many other community-based organizations. The event was also attended by Assemblyman Michael Blake from our 79th District and Senator Gustavo Rivera from the 33rd Senate District. Our CEO Debbian Fletcher-Blake greeted the participants.
Our Open House
Grand Opening for Pediatrics was held on June 20, 2018. We are very excited about the opening of this unit of health and wellness services for children. It is a vital part of healthcare in our community. A Health Fair has been scheduled for June 28, 2018, from 4pm to 7pm at Tremont Park.