New York, NY – Dec. 7, 2023 – In response to the continued mental health crises among New Yorkers of all ages, races, and ethnicities, EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, hosted an online discussion on mental health for the whole family. The live discussion, which was hosted in Spanish, addressed stressors for busy parents and caregivers, risk factors and symptoms of anxiety and depression, and the tools and resources available for individuals and their families.
U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine shared opening remarks to begin the online seminar. Mercedes Rodriguez-Bermejo, EmblemHealth’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist, led the discussion with a panel of experts from various backgrounds, including Dr. Rosa Gil, President, and CEO of Comunilife, and Dr. Susannah Sanchez, a senior mental health trainer and community coordinator of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Ada Rodriguez, Regional Manager at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care.
"EmblemHealth has once again demonstrated their unwavering dedication to improving mental health care by hosting the ‘Mental Health for the Family’ online seminar aimed towards the Latino community," said Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13). "Families throughout our communities are experiencing a mental health tsunami, and we are grateful to the EmblemHealth team for their tireless efforts in promoting mental wellness and providing valuable resources to families in need. Your commitment to addressing mental health challenges in our community is truly inspiring and will benefit countless families. Thank you for this tremendous effort, and I look forward to continuing our collaboration to raise awareness and support for this and other critical causes across my district."
"EmblemHealth's commitment to improving mental health care is truly commendable. I want to sincerely thank the entire team for hosting the mental health for the family online seminar. This informative session has provided valuable insight and resources to help families cope with mental health challenges," said Mark Levine, Manhattan Borough President. "These efforts are making a real difference in our community, and I am grateful for your partnership in promoting this critical cause."
"As medical professionals, we understand the importance of family mental health and its impact on overall well-being. I am proud that EmblemHealth is committed to improving the social determinants of health facing New York City and believe that mental healthcare is crucial towards erasing disparities in the system," said Dr. Rosa Gil, Founder, President, and CEO of Comunilife, Inc. "Together we will continue to work towards improving social determinants of health to support families in our communities."
“By offering a virtual discussion like the Mental Health for the Family, we can provide a safe space for caregivers and parents in the Latino community to equip themselves with educational resources to address and manage mental health challenges,” said EmblemHealth’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Mercedes Rodriguez-Bermejo. “I am proud to be part of an organization like EmblemHealth, which is committed to providing health and wellness resources and educational opportunities for all New Yorkers.”
Watch EmblemHealth’s Mental Health for the Family online seminar in Spanish below.