For the past ten years, we have been working together as a community coalition to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. With leadership from the Institute for Family Health, the support of many funding sources and the involvement of thousands of our neighbors, we’re creating change to make health equality a reality. Recently, we were named a National Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities so we can continue to expand our advocacy and education efforts city and state-wide.


We All Want Healthy Children: New Campaign to Protect NYC Children from Unhealthy Food & Beverage Marketing

The health of our country and our city is threatened by obesity. The obesity epidemic has many causes, but one contributor is the marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages to our youth. The food and beverage industry spends nearly two billion dollars annually marketing to youth. Most of the food and beverages marketed to youth is unhealthy. Marketing is effective, directly influencing children’s and adolescents’ preferences and choices. To combat the advertising efforts of the food and beverage industry, we are partnering with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene District Public Health Offices to ask for your collaboration in limiting marketing of unhealthy products to our youth, including: share information on marketing to youth with colleagues and community members; adopt the New York City Food Standards for meetings and events, and for food and beverage vending machines; and negotiate the terms, if accepting sponsorships, donations, in-kind support or awards from the food and beverage industry, so as not to promote any unhealthy foods or drinks. To learn more about this campaign and receive resources, please send an email to or click here for more information. If you would like to get more involved in a campaign to limit unhealthy marketing to youth, please contact Kelly Moltzen at or 212-633-0800 x 1328.

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Bronx Health REACH Partners with A Plus NYC to Promote School Wellness

Last year, Bronx Health REACH collaborated with A Plus NYC as part of its ‘PS2013′ campaign to shape an education agenda for the new Mayor.  Through this collaboration, we worked with school wellness advocates from across the city to put together a policy paper on the importance of nutrition and physical education for improving school wellness and academic outcomes.  Nutrition education, school meals, and physical education are necessary for a student’s healthy mind and body but are often overlooked in planning academic programming.  The policy paper provides recommendations for the New York City administration, along with examples of best policy and practice. To access the full paper, please visit the A Plus NYC website at:

To get involved in school wellness reform efforts through Bronx Health REACH, please contact Kelly Moltzen at or 212-633-0800 x 1328.

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Spring 2014 Symposium on Alcohol & Violence – Join the Planning Committee!

working with the Partnership for a Healthier NYC and other borough coalitions to convene a series of symposia about the connection between alcohol and a variety of different issue areas. On November 12th, the Partnership organized an event at Mount Sinai about the intersections between alcohol and sexual health. It was an exciting day filled with interesting conversations about the connection between alcohol and HIV/AIDS, STIs, unplanned pregnancy and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and sexual assault. Over 150 people attended! This spring, we are planning a symposium about the connections between alcohol and violence, a topic that is unfortunately, well known in the Bronx. We hope to engage community-based organizations, faith-based institutions, healthcare organizations, academia, criminal justice and law enforcement groups, and activated community members and leaders during the day-long event. We’re still finalizing the major topics that will be discussed; however, they may include, but are not limited to the following: gun/street violence, crime, elder/child abuse, intimate partner violence, youth violence, hate crimes, and more. To learn more and help us plan the event, please contact Emma Rodgers at or (212) 633-0800 x1249

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