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NYC children return to public schools 18-months after COVID-19 outbreak

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Porter welcome students back for the first day of school at P.S. 25 in the Bronx. Monday, September 13, 2021. Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office. Subscribe in a reader Tweet By David Greene  Bronx Voice September 14, 2021 Many of New York City's 1.1 million school children who were sent home last March after the COVID-19 outbreak, returned to the classrooms as the city opened public schools for in-person learning on Monday, September 14. Shortly after joining Department of Education Chancellor Alicia Ross Porter at P.S. 25 on East 149 Street in the Bronx, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press briefing at City Hall. Photo by Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office D e Blasio said, "This is the day New York City's comeback's in full force." He continued, "This morning I saw it with my own eyes at P.S. 25 in the Bronx." When asked by a reporter about parents who are holding out before

Hope, help available for those struggling with depression   

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Subscribe in a reader By Chandra Wilson    National Suicide Prevention Week begins Sept. 5 and sadly, suicide has climbed into the Top 10 leading causes of death in the United States in recent years. The CDC reports the number of Americans struggling with depression has increased over the past 18 months, which included COVID pandemic, lockdown-related layoffs, social injustice and fears of an uncertain future.  There is hope, however, and Deirdre DeLeo, Associate Director with Community Mental Health Services at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York is encouraging those in need to reach out.   “We’re still in the midst of a public health crisis and suicide is another public health crisis,” DeLeo said. “We really do need to be looking out for each other and we need to have a brave moment where we either say that we need help or say to somebody else ‘I’m worried about you. How can I help?’”  DeLeo said the anxiety and stress of living through the pandemic is understandab

Visiting Nurse Service introduces new initiatives to address health disparities

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From left: President of VNSNY’s CHOICE Plans Dr. Hany Abdelaal, VNSNY President and CEO Dan Savitt and Senior Vice President of Partners in Care James Rolla.   By Chandra Wilson    Subscribe in a reader Representatives of  Visiting Nurse Service of New York  (VNSNY) met with the  Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association  (CCBA) at a press conference to discuss VNSNY’s initiatives to address health disparities and continued commitment to New York City’s Chinese community.     The event, which was held at the  VNSNY Chinatown Community Center  at 7 Mott Street, was also an opportunity for many in attendance to welcome Dan Savitt, who became VNSNY President and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in February. Savitt announced that VNSNY will soon be opening two new community centers in Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Flushing, Queens.   Visiting Nurse Service of New York and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolence Association gathered in Chinatown Friday.      “All three com

Celebrating Home Health Aides! Local Job Fairs Bring New Opportunity to Manhattan, Yonkers, Staten Island and Nassau County

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Subscribe in a reader By Chandra Wilson Visiting Nurse Service of New York is currently hosting a series of Open Hiring Events for VNSNY Partners in Care , the largest not-for-profit employer of certified Home Health Aides in the New York metropolitan region.  Each free event will be a celebratory occasion where attendees have a chance to meet and talk directly with Partners in Care managers to hear about the many different positions available. They’ll also get a chance to speak to home health aides themselves about their experiences on the job. Home health aides often spend more time with patients than other members of a home care team. From assisting with activities of daily living, to checking vital signs or simply sharing a conversation, they help their clients stay comfortable and live their lives to the fullest. All who work at Partners in Care as a home health aide will receive thorough training to develop skills necessary to be successful in the role and continue t

New LGBTQ+ Care Type is a Move Forward for Health Care at Home

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Tweet A Conversation between Arthur Fitting, BSN, RN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and Barbara Warren, PsyD, CPXP, Senior Director for LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS).  “We all have unconscious biases,” says the Mount Sinai Health System’s Barbara Warren , one of the leading voices in LGBTQ+ health equity and advocacy. “It’s protective, it’s primal.” What, then, can the nation’s health care system do to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth, adults and elders—historically, on the wrong end of that bias—can get the clinically and culturally appropriate care they need to stay safe and healthy? Dr. Warren, who directs Mount Sinai’s LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion , and Arthur Fitting , the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s LGBTQ+ Program Manager, spoke recently about groundbreaking initiatives that include Mount Sinai’s system-wide advances in health equity

Coming out to your health care provider

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Tweet As we near the end of Pride Month, AdvantageCare Physicians and BronxDocs, would like to take this opportunity to explore why it’s important to come out to your health care provider. It’s your choice who you share your identity with—and your doctor’s responsibility to create a safe environment where you feel comfortable—but sharing with your doctor could give them a better understanding of the type of care you should receive.  Dr. Nicole Thomas-Sealey, Vice President of Clinical Training and Education, discusses why it’s important to start the dialogue about your identity with your doctor. Dr. Thomas-Sealey is a leading voice and educator who developed cultural competency training programs to teach clinical staff how to better identify and overcome unconscious bias and how to improve communication with the communities we serve. As a physician, do you have any stories that have stood out to you that highlighted the importance of creating a safe environment for patien

Stay cool and safe during summer heatwave season

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Subscribe in a reader By Fatima Shell-Sanchez, RN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Summer is here and it seems that New Yorkers from the Bronx to Brooklyn are eager to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun—especially after a year of staying locked down at home. As the season heats up, it is important to review a few important health reminders to help keep everyone safe during summer heatwaves.  If you are elderly, or have elderly loved ones living at home, these tips are even more important Stay Cool – Rooms should be kept as cool as possible, using air-conditioner or fans and open windows to improve air circulation. If no air-conditioning is available, try going to places where it is, such as shopping malls, public libraries, movie theaters or cooling centers.  Check https://maps.nyc.gov/cooling-center/ to find a cooling center near you.  Cool baths or showers can also help, as can wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. If possible, avoid