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Hurricane Maria Relief

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New York City government and local Bronx organizations have mobilized to provide disaster relief to Puerto Rico. Here are local drop-off sites for donations and other ways you can support relief efforts. 

DROP-OFF SITES Office of Mayor DeBlasio The Office of Mayor DeBlasio, along with city agencies, are organizing donations sites at FDNY/EMS locations throughout New York City. Below is a list of items New York City is collecting to send to those affected by Hurricane Maria:

  • Diapers
  • Baby food
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Please note the City is only collecting the items listed above. All donated items must be non-perishable, not second-hand, nor contain any liquids of any kind. Open or unsealed donations of food or hygiene supplies will not be accepted. Wet wipes will also not be accepted. Any other items will be kindly returned. There are 18 drop-off locations accepting donations across all five boroughs. Donations will be accepted between 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Please be aware that FDNY members at these locations may not be present during drop-off hours if they are responding to an emergency. 


  • Engine 91: 242 E. 111th Street, New York, NY 11220 (East Harlem)
  • Engine 95/ Ladder 36: 29 Vermilyea Avenue, New York, NY 10033 (Inwood)
  • Engine 28/ Ladder 11: 222 E. 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009 (Lower East Side)


  • EMS Station 26: 1264 Boston Road, Bronx NY 10456 (Morrisania)
  • EMS Station 55: 3134 Park Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451 (Melrose)
  • Engine 64/ Ladder 47: 1214 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (Castle Hill)
  • Engine 83/ Ladder 29: 618 E. 138th Street, Bronx, NY 10454 (Mott Haven/South Bronx)


  • Engine 316: 27-12 Kearney Street, Queens, NY 11369 (East Elmhurst)
  • Engine 289/ Ladder 138: 97-28 43rd Avenue, Queens, NY 11368 (Corona)
  • Engine 307/ Ladder 154: 81-17 Northern Boulevard, Queens, NY 11372 (Jackson Heights)


  • Engine 271/ Ladder 124: 392 Himrod Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 277/ Ladder 112: 582 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)
  • Engine 201/ Ladder 114: 5113 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 ( Sunset Park)
  • Engine 228: 436 39th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Sunset Park)
  • Engine 218: 650 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (Bushwick)

Staten Island

  • Engine 153/ Ladder 77: 74 Broad Street, Staten Island, NY 10304 (Stapleton)
  • Engine 157/ Ladder 80: 1573 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10302 (Port Richmond)
  • Ladder 79: 1189 Castleton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10310 (Port Richmond)


BronxWorks is also accepting donations of non-perishable food, batteries, first aid, bandages, flashlights, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, pet food and adult diapers. Donations can be dropped off at any of these four locations:

  • BronxWorks Administration, 60 East Tremont Ave. Bronx NY 10453 (9-5pm),
  • Heights Senior Center, 200 W. Tremont Ave. Bronx NY 10453 (7:30am – 3:30pm),
  • The Living Room/Safe Haven, 800 Barretto St. Bronx NY 10474 (9am – 5pm),
  • The Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center, 1130 Grand Concourse Bronx NY 10456 (8am – 6pm).

For more information contact Allison at or call 646-393-4002.


FOR PEOPLE TRYING TO LOCATE THEIR FAMILIES: You may register with the American Red Cross Safe and Well website(, a free public reunification tool that allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is always available and open to the public and available in Spanish. Registrations and searches can be done directly on the website. Registrations can also be completed by texting SAFE to 78876. Messages exist in both Spanish and English.

Outside of the US and its territories:  If you are looking for a U.S. citizen affected by recent international disasters, please contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 or go online here.

If you live in the United States and are looking for non-U.S. citizen family members affected by Hurricane Maria in the French and Dutch territories, and British Virgin Islands, please visit here to find more information. If you are seeking information about non-U.S. citizen family members in Mexico who have been missing since the recent earthquake, please visit, or call the American Red Cross Restoring Family Links Helpline at 844-782-9441


TO MAKE A MONETARY DONATION Here are some ways you can donate:

  • “Unidos por Puerto Rico”  This site was created by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló. Click here: UNIDOS POR PUERTO RICO
  • “Friends of Puerto Rico” — Many artists, actors, athletes, government officials, etc., have created “Friends of Puerto Rico,” for the Maria Hurricane Relief through Amazon which will deliver much needed items directly to them.  Click here: AMAZON
  • Acacia Network is supporting the people of Puerto Rico. Donate at  100% of your donation will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Maria.




Community Pharmacists Working to Improve Patient Medication Adherence  

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Community pharmacists are on the front lines of patient care and play a key role in helping people who rely on their medications to stay healthy and out of the hospital.

They know their community members, many of whom have complex medical conditions and will come through their doors ten times in a month. They educate patients about taking their medications correctly, make sure they are following through on physician recommendations, guide them to preventive services, and more.

Community pharmacists who serve on BPHC’s Pharmacy Workgroup are looking at the challenges pharmacies face in serving our patients and helping to develop solutions that align with DSRIP goals. Recently, the Workgroup collaborated with BPHC to educate patients who are on antipsychotic medication on the importance of A1C testing.

Medication adherence has been identified as an issue that pharmacies across the board seek to improve. Antidepressant medication management for the “acute” and “continuation” phases of treatment are also priority measures for our PPS.

In April, several pharmacies began a pilot to identify and follow up with patients in these two phases of their antidepressant medication treatment and measure patient compliance with filling their prescriptions pre- and post-intervention.

Participating pharmacies are: E Jerome Pharmacy, J&N Pharmacy, Jolin Pharmacy, Mount Carmel Pharmacy, and Total Care Pharmacy.

We look forward to reporting on their results.


Published June 1, 2017

Community Behavioral Health Collaborative Launches


Thirteen leading agencies joined with BPHC to launch our Community Behavioral Health Collaborative (CBHC) focused on improving the screening and coordination of care for people in the Bronx receiving behavioral health services.

The goals of this two-year collaborative are to connect behavioral health providers to each other through their ability to share information using technology and data sharing, and to put in place uniform processes for screening, referral and follow-up.

Key outcomes include implementing standardized tools and processes to screen patients for depression, substance use disorder, tobacco use, linkage with primary care, and health home eligibility and enrollment. CBHC members are also addressing two special areas of focus: diabetes screening and monitoring for people with schizophrenia, and improved management of ADHD medications in children.

“Our participating agencies bring expert clinical knowledge and experience in delivering culturally competent care,” said Amy Button, Director of Community Programs. “They are central to BPHC’s efforts to create community-driven, clinically integrated delivery systems, and we are very excited to be working with them.”

CBHC agencies include: ACMH, Astor Services for Children & Families, Comunilife, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Leake and Watts, Odyssey House, Osborne Association, Riverdale Mental Health Association, Samaritan Daytop Village, Services for the Underserved, TRI Center, VIP Community Services, and Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

We look forward to keeping you updated on their work. For more information, contact Amy Button.


Published May 19, 2017

How a Diabetes Workshop Changed a Life


Simply put – it works.

That’s what Loretta Fleming says about a workshop for people with Type 2 Diabetes that has changed her life.

Five years ago, Loretta, who has Type 2 Diabetes, weighed 378 pounds and had an A1C level of 12.4% (the normal level is 5.7% or below).

She learned about a free program offered by Health People, located in the south Bronx, that helps community members learn more about their Diabetes and manage the physical and psychological effects of the disease.

The program is called the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), a curriculum developed by the Stanford Patient Education Research Center. Loretta enrolled in the seven-week course that was led by two “Peer Leaders,” local residents who also live with Type 2 Diabetes and have been trained and certified to be instructors for the DSMP.

“The Diabetes mortality rate in the Bronx is 50% higher than the state’s rate,” said Chris Norwood, Executive Director, Health People. “Community-based programs like this help people stay healthy and prevent the need for hospital care.”

Once a week, Loretta and about a dozen other people met to learn, share experiences and make weekly action plans such as eating better, measuring their glucose levels, staying active, advocating for themselves and handling the emotions that might drive bad health choices.

Four months after starting the program, Loretta lost 28 pounds and her A1C level went down to 7.8%. She was so excited with her progress that she enrolled her mother who participated in the workshop and lost 42 pounds. “

“Think about it – your doctor can’t spend two-and-a-half hours every week talking to you about your lifestyle, your feelings, whether you read labels on food,” says Loretta. “The program supplies manuals that we read together, nutritious snacks and an atmosphere to learn, really talk and share what’s going on in your life. The group experience makes a big difference.”

Today, Loretta has lost over 130 pounds and has become a certified as a DSMP Peer Leader. She’s led five DSMP workshops and has personally recruited more than 60 people to take the course.

“Many people have come back and told me the program has changed their lives,” she says. “They are surprised, but I’m not because it changed mine. I told them when they walked in the door – the program works.”

To learn more about DSMP workshops, contact Chris Norwood at    


Published April 12, 2017