QUEENS, NY – In an ongoing commitment to help address the diverse health and wellness needs of New Yorkers, EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, held a Community Resource Day on February 22 at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care’s Flushing location to help the public learn more about free and confidential healthcare resources available to the community and highlight the location’s newly launched Mind and Body Well-Being Program.
Neighborhood Care staff members were joined at the event by local and citywide healthcare organizations, New York City Council Member Sandra Ung (Council District 20), constituent liaison for U.S. Congresswoman Grace Meng (New York Congressional District 6), the New York City Police Department, and AdvantageCare Physicians, a primary and specialty care practice serving the New York area that is part of the EmblemHealth family of companies. The day was filled with free informational classes, mental health and well-being resources, one-on-one confidential sessions in separate rooms, and activities such as Tai Chi and Chair Yoga designed to tend to the minds and bodies of Queens residents.
Over 100 Flushing community members attended the event where classes and activities were led in both English and Chinese. The day’s offerings included:
- Preventive care: health screenings, annual checkups, and vaccinations
- Understanding depression: signs, symptoms, & management
- Mental Health First Aid information session
- Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, and guided meditation
- Crime prevention and safety tips
- Supporting a loved one with Alzheimer’s
- Supporting child and adolescent well-being
- Understanding LGBTQ+ children’s identity and emotional needs
The Mind and Body Well-Being Program kicked off last September through the generous support of a $200,000 grant awarded by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer. With a growing demand for culturally competent behavioral healthcare that seeks to break the stigma surrounding asking for help related to mental health and daily stressors, the program is the first of its kind for the Flushing Neighborhood Care location. It offers free health and wellness classes, one-on-one confidential conversations, and a network of community resources focusing on the Asian American population.
“Physical health and mental health are deeply interconnected, and our Mind and Body Well-Being Program is one of the many ways we seek to bridge the two at Neighborhood Care,” said Nazneen Rahman, Assistant Vice President of EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care. “We are proud to host and support Community Resource Day with our local partners to help spread awareness of the personalized health and wellness services we bring to members and nonmembers every day.”
EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care partnered with the organizations below to bring free informational resources, health screening materials, dental screenings for children, and public health essentials, including hand sanitizers and COVID-19 at-home testing kits for Community Resource Day:
- AdvantageCare Physicians
- American Cancer Society
- CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving
- Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
- Child Center of New York
- Glow Cultural Center
- Korean Community Services of New York
- New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- New York City Police Department
EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Flushing is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 6 PM at 41-61 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11355. Click here to learn more about the ongoing Mind and Body Well-Being Program at the Flushing location, or contact 800-447-0752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Care will host additional events in the city throughout the year. Click here to stay tuned.
Find photos from the February 22, 2023, event in Flushing below.