Honoring community volunteers in the BHC training program, which supports wellness, care coordination, and patient and family-centered health care needs of older adults

Dr Cortes
Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of geriatric nursing and executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing’s Tara Cortes, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of geriatric nursing and executive director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing is hosting a recognition dinner acknowledging the completion of the initial Bronx Health Corps (BHC) volunteer training, and the beginning of the important work that they will be doing in the community.

The BHC’s specially-trained community volunteers have been educated on the topics of healthy diet and exercise, stress, older adult sexuality, living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as management of diabetes, heart failure, and asthma.

"We are very excited about launching the Bronx Health Corp to teach older adults living in the community about wellness behaviors and management of their chronic disease,” said Dr. Cortes. “This is an opportunity to create ambassadors who will improve the health of diverse communities in the Bronx."

WHO:             NYS Senator Gustavo Rivera, ranking member of the New York Senate’s Health Committee; Bronx Health Corps community volunteers; Dr. Anderson Torres, President and CEO, Regional Aid for Interim Needs, Inc. (R.A.I.N.); Cindy Lai, Magellan Health/AlphaCare; and Dr. Tara Cortes, executive director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing

WHAT:           Bronx Health Corps Launch and Recognition Dinner
           Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
        R.A.I.N. Boston Road Neighborhood Senior Center at 2424     Boston Road, Bronx, NY

Reporters wishing to cover the dinner and remarks, please contact christopher.james@nyu.edu or at 212-998-6876

The BHC is a partnership among three academic, community-based and health care organizations: the Hartford Institute of Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Regional Aid for Interim Needs (R.A.I.N.); and the Montefiore Health System (MHS). The BHC is one component of the three-year, $2.55 million HRSA-funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)/Clinical Community Partnership to Expand Primary Care for Older Adults (CC-PCOA).

GWEP supports the development of a health care workforce that improves health outcomes for older adults by integrating geriatrics with primary care and community resources to maximize patient and family engagement better manage chronic disease and promote optimum function in older adults.

For six years the Bronx has ranked last (#62) in New York State county health outcomes; the residents of the Bronx have high rates of diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. By creating this unique partnership with clinicians, community based organizations, patients, families and caregivers, we aim to expand the paradigm of primary care from one in which care is provided exclusively within the four walls of the physician’s office to one that provides a continuum of coordinated care, education, and support for older adults across the community.

From January 2017 through May of 2018, the volunteers will instruct at least 800 community members at Senior Centers, places of worship and other community-based organizations in the Bronx on these health and chronic disease management topics, with the goal of enhancing health and quality of life for older adult residents in the Bronx.

About New York University College of Nursing
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About Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN)
HIGN seeks to shape the quality of health care that older Americans receive by promoting the highest level of geriatric competency in all nurses who deliver care. By raising the standards of nursing care, HIGN aims to ensure that people age in comfort and dignity. Its initiatives include education, practice, research, and policy. For more information, visit http://www.hign.org. Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.
About Montefiore Health System
Montefiore is a premier academic health system and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Combining nationally-recognized clinical excellence with a population health perspective that focuses on the comprehensive needs of the communities it serves, Montefiore delivers coordinated, compassionate, science-driven care where, when and how patients need it most. Montefiore consists of eight hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,747 beds, a School of Nursing, and state-of-the-art primary and specialty care provided through a network of more than 150 locations across the region, including the largest school health program in the nation and a home health program.  The Children's Hospital at Montefiore is consistently named in U.S. News' "America's Best Children's Hospitals."  Montefiore's partnership with Einstein advances clinical and translational research to accelerate the pace at which new discoveries become the treatments and therapies that benefit patients. The health system derives its inspiration for excellence from its patients and community, and continues to be on the frontlines of developing innovative approaches to care.  For more information please visit http://www.montefiore.org. Follow us on Twitter; like us on Facebook; view us on YouTube.
About R.A.I.N.
Regional Aid for Interim Needs (R.A.I.N.) Inc.
aims to enhance the well-being and quality of life for all New Yorkers by meeting the interim needs of people of all ages.  R.A.I.N. is a multi-service community organization specializing in providing quality services and programs to meet the interim needs of New York City’s older population. Established in 1964 R.A.I.N. provides a continuum of care and range of services that allows individuals to maintain their dignity and age in place. R.A.I.N. maintains a commitment to the provision of culturally and linguistically competent service delivery and quality care to the elderly population of The Bronx. Currently, R.A.I.N. is the largest provider of social services for seniors in the Bronx. With eleven senior center service sites throughout the Bronx and one in upper Manhattan, it offers a comprehensive continuum of services to help seniors live safely and independently in their homes.  With over 1,300 employees, R.A.I.N. serves an estimated 30,000 individuals annually through its programs.  It has one of the largest home attendant and personal care services for homebound persons in the City known as R.A.I.N. Home Health Care, in addition to a home-delivered meal program serving 1600 meals daily, case management services, R.A.I.N. One Stop, transportation services, Cucina Dolores serving 325 daily meals to the homeless and hungry, elder abuse services and two housing developments with over 156 units for low-income seniors; one HUD sponsored and the other a tax credit complex.  R.A.I.N. Home Health Care is licensed to provide services in the five Boroughs of NYC, but has a primary focus in the Bronx at this time. For more information please visit http://www.raininc.org

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