EmblemHealth Hosts Online Discussion to Help New Yorkers Improve Heart Health

Switch to:

EmblemHealth Hosts Online Discussion to Help New Yorkers Improve Heart Health

Opening remarks were provided by New York City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse and New York State Senator Leroy Comrie during an online seminar that included community members and educational information.



EmblemHealth Public Relations Office| Emailpress@emblemhealth.com

Lauren LaChance | Email: llachance@connecticare.com

New York-NY - EmblemHealth, one of the largest nonprofit health insurers in the United States, organized an online discussion in honor of American Heart Month and Black History Month. The discussion was focused on maintaining a heart-healthy diet and identifying clinical risk factors to be aware of, particularly for Black individuals and those who are at higher risk of heart disease. The virtual discussion also covered available tools and resources to help maintain a healthy heart.

New York City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse and New York State Senator Leroy Comrie gave opening remarks to start the online seminar. The discussion was led by Stacy Scott-Wilds, Clinical Leader of Utilization Management at EmblemHealth, and involved several experts from different backgrounds, including Dr. Sandra Nurse, Senior Medical Director at AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY); Ruth Greenfield, Registered Dietitian at EmblemHealth; and Melinda Murray, Founder and President of the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation.

"Heart disease continues to be a pressing concern within our communities, disproportionately affecting Black people. As a nurse and advocate for health equity, I'm very aware of this disease's impact on individuals and families alike, particularly in traditionally underserved areas," said New York City Council Member Mercedes Narcisse (NYC District 46). "I thank EmblemHealth for recognizing that education and awareness are powerful tools in combatting heart disease. By equipping ourselves with knowledge, we empower our communities to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing."  

“There are multiple critical preventative measures that can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, but we know that everyone doesn’t have equitable access to the resources, support, and education to equip themselves with that knowledge. That is why I am proud to have provided funding to support EmblemHealth in their Cambria Heights Neighborhood Care site in my district in Southeast Queens. The EmblemHealth team has created a special program where nutritional education and cooking demonstrations are provided for free to community members. In addition, my office has been partnering with EmblemHealth to host farmers' markets and food distributions, increasing access to healthy food in Southeast Queens, said New York State Senator Leroy Comrie (NYS District 14). “Thank you to EmblemHealth for all your efforts to keep our community healthy.”

Watch EmblemHealth’s Webinar on Nutrition & Heart Health below.

Note: Any information provided during this session is for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and should not be substituted for regular consultation with your health care provider. If you have any concerns about your health, please get in touch with your healthcare provider's office. This information provided during this session is not intended to imply that services or treatments described in the information are covered benefits under your plan.

About EmblemHealth
EmblemHealth is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, with over three million members and an 80-year legacy of serving New York’s communities. The company offers a full range of commercial and government-sponsored health plans to employers, individuals, and families and convenient community resources. As a market leader in value-based care, EmblemHealth partners with top providers and hospitals to deliver quality, affordable care. For more information, visit  www.emblemhealth.com.

About EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care
With 14 locations across New York City, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care provides in-person and virtual customer support, connections to local resources, and free programs to support community health and wellness. Each Neighborhood Care location features Customer Care Navigators who live in their communities, ensuring that they can help customers navigate barriers to health in a personalized way.

News & Updates