All posts by Stephanie Pitsirilos-Boquin

With ten years experience in the field of public health, Stephanie thinks out of the medical box when promoting health, finding innovative ways to partner with multiple sectors of society to address complex public health issues. She’s been a TEDMED Great Challenge Panelist and Moderator, applying her expertise in promoting healthy lifestyles on a global discussion forum. As a former Program Manager and later consultant, she helped to create and lead NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center’s childhood obesity prevention and healthy lifestyles program CHALK (Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids) and the community-driven social marketing campaign “Vive tu Vida/Live your Life”. Her work has brought active lifestyle resources to Northern Manhattan and Pennsylvania, including a hospital based farmers’ market, bike racks outside of ambulatory care clinics, a successful “Take the Stairs” campaign, fitness and family based after-school programs, and a healthy lifestyles marketing campaign. In this role, she has published various health education and marketing materials and guidelines for the institution. Her community model for retail outreach has recently been adopted by the Partnership for a Healthier New York City for its Manhattan work on healthy food promotion in supermarkets with Mt. Sinai Hospital. She offers the same content and design element to her work with Zoe Health. She continues to apply her expertise to the “Vive tu Vida/Live your Life” Campaign, now as a Steering Council Member. Stephanie holds a master’s degree in Public Health in Population and Family Health (Columbia University) and a bachelor’s degree in International Health (University of Michigan). Her work has been recognized by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), The Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas, the BBC, The Uptown Collective, and the Let’s Move Campaign of First Lady Michelle Obama. How does she reduce screen time and “Live her Life” with Action? She’s an avid salsa-on-2 (New York Mambo style) dancer and has authored two novels she is currently marketing for representation. (Historical fiction)—Memories of a lost city become the salvation and ruin of a village resisting the German occupation of Greece. (General fiction)—A quixotic Nuyorican preteen and her family navigate troubled spirits, signs of the apocalypse and love—in a neighborhood that’s haunted by the voyages of Columbus

Latino Literature Meets Clinic- Poetry and Fiction in Murals

Proud to share how my other half, Cyrus,  is bringing literacy to the clinic experience, collaborating with muralists. See Ruben Dario’s poem A Margarita Debayle (To Margarita Debayle)  put into mural form in a pediatric clinic waiting room in Washington Heights, New York City, a predominately Latino neighborhood that now sees itself reflected on clinic walls and storytelling. A great follow-up to his Inwood mural project that brought Julia Alvarez’s The Secret Footprints to life to another pediatric clinic with graffiti artist legends.

Mural Project ‘A Margarita de Bayle’ from newfakenyc on Vimeo.

Read the full poem here: 



Café Bustelo and its symbolic power against gentrification

great article on Café Bustelo and its symbolic power against gentrification (and its community and cariño-corrosive mentality) in Uptown Manhattan.

one of the many beloved symbolic staples included in the lives of my characters in my literary works. 

The Story of New York Salsa at the Museum of the City of New York

A not-to-be-missed exhibit detailing the history of Salsa in New York. The birth of salsa is much more than music: it’s politics, it’s social movements, it’s culture… it’s definitely New York, and immigration, colonial legacies and commonwealth existence. And why so much of  my on-the-market novel is an ode to this era.

 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St.,

Open Daily 10am-6pm exhibit until Nov 26 2017

Thanks to TheUptownCollective for leading me to this.

Great Article on the Term “Latinx”

For those who are thinking about (or who have never heard about) the term “Latinx” (essential replacing Latino/a or Latin@), check out this article by Arianna Davis on Refinery29. Thoughtful, sensitive, being true to what works for oneself, it will at least get you thinking about a newish term being used in some sectors to describe the Latino/a/x community.

Exhibit not to be missed- Izzy Sanabria Visual Voice of Salsa #Izzyelbarrio




  • Location: Hi-Arts Gallery 304 East 100th Street, 2nd Avenue
    Exhibit Run: October 20th – November 22nd
    Gallery Hours: Tues, Thurs, & Sat 2:00-7:00pm

    A Survey Of The Artistic Career Of One Of The Salsa Generation’s Most Prolific Artistic Visionaries, Israel “Izzy” Sanabria. Mr. Sanabria Is A Cultural Icon Whose Work Throughout The 1970’S Helped Promote And Illustrate The Look Of The New York Latin Sound Through His Numerous Album Covers, Poster Designs, Promotional Designs. Izzy Is Also Known For Hosting Salsa, A Show Akin To Soul Train And His Publishing Of Latin N.Y. Magazine. He Is Widely Recognized As Mr. Salsa, A Multidisciplinary Artist, Writer, Actor, Dancer, Photographer, Publisher, Philosopher Whose Contributions Endure To This Day. The Exhibit Showcases Sanabria’s Work Which Encapsulates An Important Period Of Music, Politics And Culture In Its Seminal Years.


Nice Update on Stephanie’s Writing #OwnVoices

Sharing the exciting news that I’ve just signed with Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company, who will represent my literary works.

For the public health folks scratching their heads: you might (or might not) have known that I’ve spent the past ten years writing two books, with a passion. Securing a literary agent is an essential step if you choose the route of traditional publishing. It means there’s someone out there who is pitching your book(s) to big and small publishers. So I’m excited and honored to join Sarah and the Gernert team. To learn more about their fabulous authors, visit their site.