Happy that Salud America! found humor and utility in my essay “Jaws, The Milk Drinking Kind“ that I penned to share my own breastfeeding experiences with a creative public health voice. Salud America is “a national online network of researchers, community group leaders, decision-makers, and members of the public working together to support healthy policy and environmental changes that can help reverse obesity among Latino children”. You can see the feature here, as well as some of the Salud Heroes they regularly feature.
Happy that Stephanie (and some of the Zoe Health family) were able to participate in a news clip highlighting the gem that is La Casa Azul Bookstore in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As donors, networkers and (most importantly!) customers to this bookstore, it was a pleasure to share how La Casa Azul has enriched our lives, and how it does the same for the neighborhood.
The West Side Rag, an online news source for Upper West Side residents of Manhattan, has picked up a summer story Stephanie wrote documenting how the Parks & Recreation Department of New York and the Central Park Conservancy have slowly but surely taken away free public space in North Meadow Recreation Center for their own use as office space and parking. You can view their reporting here. The scoop and all featured photographs taken over the year in the article are from Zoe Health. A petition to get our Recreation Center back can be found here.
The story has generated many supportive comments, including residents who also have a historical memory of the neighborhood, crucial to contextualizing the slow privatization of public space. According to the story, the Conservancy issued an offensive response to Councilman Mark Levine’s inquiries that the Rec Center “hasn’t been used for public space for a decade”–implying, I’m guessing, that it makes it okay that they slowly commandeered this space successfully and we should take it as is….?
We’ve tried over the years to get politicians (such as Mark Levine) and the local community board to address the problem and are always met with silence and empty promises. This New York Times article reminds us how powerful the pockets of the Conservancy are. It’s an example of how things get awfully unbalanced between conserving public parks, money, and abusing the public’s rights.
A nice time to remind everyone that we promote “Be Physically Active Every Day” in the Vive tu Vida/Live your Life Campaign. In the case of North Meadow Recreation Center, it requires community activism to keep this habit in our lives. Sign the petition to get our Recreation Center back.
Proud to see my and colleagues’ work with CHALK being honored in NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital receiving the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service tonight. My congratulations especially to the community members and volunteers who made CHALK what it is today!
“NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is set to be honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) for its innovations in patient-centered health care and community service. The hospital will receive the prestigious Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service for its groundbreaking program, the NewYork-Presbyterian Regional Health Collaborative… The AAMC will also recognize NewYork-Presbyterian for its outreach to Washington Heights-Inwood youth. The hospital pioneered a comprehensive childhood obesity prevention program, Choosing Healthy & Active Lifestyles for Kids (CHALK), which became a model for first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Active Schools program. “
Excited to see our client and neighbor Dichter Rx/Soda Shop in the news again today for its unconventional and much needed community model of serving the needs of the neighborhood- whether it be health needs, treats (sometimes foods!), or communal space that houses preschool, religious services, book clubs, health workshops…the list goes on!
Keep going Manny!
Wall Street Journal, March 11th 2014
Neighbor, client of Zoe Health and colleague. See the recent article in The New York Times of how Dichter Pharmacy integrates community needs, community space and a business model for residents. Happy to work with Manny. http://nyti.ms/1gOTXHo
“A Pharmacy Provides Salves for a Community’s Spirits”
Asociación de Mujeres Progresistas (AMP) celebrated 20 years of service to the Washington Heights, Hamilton Heights and Inwood communites today. The organization provides social services, activism and feminist empowerment to the community. Stephanie was happy to be recognized for her past and continued partnership with Asociación at a breakfast ceremony today. We look forward to a progressive future.
CNN Latino aired a clip of the community campaign “Vive tu Vida/Live your Life”, a healthy lifestyles campaign in Northern Manhattan sponsored by CHALK at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Stephanie of Zoe Health helped create and manage the campaign along with committed community members and colleagues during her years with CHALK. The feature uses clips from a video Stephanie produced for the campaign and interviews the program’s newest medical director, Dr. Dodi Meyer. Watch their coverage in Spanish below. For an English overview of the campaign, click here.
The New York League of Conservation of Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF) has included Zoe Health as a “go to” resource for Parks and Waterfront Access for political candidates who wish to build a greener, healthier NYC. Stephanie’s expertise also extends to “Healthy and Local Food”, a category also included in the Green Guide.
It was wonderful meeting some of the candidates at this past Saturday’s NYLCVEF’s green candidate school, where I got a refresher on the leading issues and recommendations for solutions to our city’s green issues impacting our health.
From the website of The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (NYLCVEF)
“The 2013 Mayoral Forum on Sustainability will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 22. This major forum, organized by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design will feature the leading candidates running for New York City mayor. The candidates will be questioned on their positions on parks, waterfront development, traffic congestion, post-Sandy rebuilding and much, much more.”
“However, you can still watch the debate live by tuning into NYLCVEF’s livestream of the event! Be sure to sign up for our livestream link and we will email it to you no later than April 21, the day before the forum.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE WEBLINK TO VIEW OUR LIVESTREAM OF THE MAYORAL FORUM.