ICYMI: we raised $73,000 as we boogied, we shimmied and we soul trained the night away!

On October 6th, we did what CCHP does best, we raised money and had a blast doing it.

We were blessed with a warm October day that set things right from the start. CCHP supporters gathered for a cocktail hour where they could bid on silent auction items such as private training sessions, catered dinner parties, and Jets tickets. Guests mingled while taking in the stunning views of midtown Manhattan from Indeed’s newest balcony on 6th Avenue.

Everyone moved into the main “party” room, and immediately took the to the dance floor as Atomic Funk Project kept people dancing throughout the night.

CCHP’s Chief Executive Officer, Susan Ohanesian, gave a warm welcome to everyone in the room and to our big supporters of the evening; Indeed, UA Builders, Advanced Clinical Laboratory Solutions, Gershon and Carol Kekst and Windels, Marx, Lane and Mittendorf . During the video presentation, “We are Family: A Look Inside CCHP”  guests were introduced to the staff, patients, board members and services that all make up CCHP.

Two of our board members, Jocelyn Rose and Lane Tobias, spoke on the importance of giving to CCHP and how every dollar goes a long way. 

A delicious farm to table inspired dinner followed prepared by Whealth and Co.

And then the party really got started…

Our MC and event collaborator, Alex Greer of We Bee Creative, got everyone back out on the dance floor and led CCHP’s first ever soul train. Who knew our supporters had such good moves?

It was an amazing night and we thank everyone for being a part of it. Looking forward to seeing everyone again next time!

Enjoy the photos courtesy of Romina Hendlin Photography.

CCHP Says Thank You to our Nurses and Medical Assistants!

By: Dr. Mariely Fernandez, Chief Medical Officer

This week I decided to go around the clinic to ask both patients and staff to tell me one word that would describe our nurses and medical assistants.

WARM, WELCOMING, ENERGETIC, DEDICATED, CARING, PROFESSIONAL, SMART and AMAZING were just some of the many words that were used.

Our nursing and MA staff have touched the lives of so many here, each day giving a little piece of themselves to CCHP and our community. They are the eyes and ears of our medical and clinical staff and they have been the voice for many of our patients. Combined, our nursing and MA staff have given over 50 years of service to the Center.
For today, and for everyday we didn’t get a chance to, we want to say THANK YOU for all your hard work and dedication.

New Health Education Groups!

A new year, means new groups at CCHP!

Diabetes Prevention Program, Tuesdays 9 – 10am (started on 1/6/16)

Type 2 diabetes is one of the most prevalent and challenging illnesses affecting our patient population today. Approximately two thirds of East Harlem residents are overweight or obese, and 13% of adults have been diagnosed with diabetes. Prevention of this chronic and multifaceted illness has taken on a new importance in this community, and our Diabetes Prevention Program seeks to help adults prevent the onset of this disease by implementing healthy lifestyle changes. Focused on an evidence based curriculum developed by the CDC, participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program learn to follow a healthy diet and regular cardiovascular exercise, as well as address the problems and barriers which have prevented their success in the past. This program consists of 16 weekly sessions, followed by 8 monthly sessions, for a complete year of education and support. New classes will begin May 11, 2016.

Breathe Easy Group, Tuesdays 2- 3pm (starting 2/9/16)

With a hospitalization rate over three times over three times higher than that of Manhattan, asthma continues to be one of the most challenging chronic illnesses faced by our patients of all ages. The management of this illness is complex, requiring control of environmental triggers such as mold, strict adherence to often complex medication regimens, and behavioral changes such as weight loss and smoking cessation. The Breathe Easy group seeks to provide education and support around these needs, and provides patients with useful evidence based tools such as peak flow testing and asthma action planning to improve control and reduce hospitalizations.

Healthy for Life Group, Mondays 1:30- 2:30 (starting 2/29/16)

Type 2 diabetes and hypertension continue to be two of the most prevalent and challenging chronic illnesses faced by patients at CCHP.  Thirteen percent of East Harlem residents have a diagnosis of diabetes, and the hospitalization rate for stroke is nearly twice as high in this community then in Manhattan. The Healthy for Life group will work to educate participants on the management of these chronic illnesses, from learning about nutrition and exercise, to correct medication use, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and problem solving.

Health Group, Mondays 9-10am (starting 2/29/16)

Smoking Cessation Group, Wednesdays 1-2pm weekly (starting 2/29/16)

Nutrition Group, Tuesdays 1-2pm (starting 3/1/16)


Tudor Foundation, Inc. Awards CCHP with $25,000 for Pediatric Health Services

For its second consecutive year, the Tudor Foundation, Inc. has awarded CCHP with $25,000 to support its comprehensive pediatric health care services to our patients. The generous contribution will help cover the cost of services for our pediatric patients, which includes our Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), an education group for parents as well as a drug prevention program for their children; our Pediatric Clinic,  primary care and Reach Out and Read (a program for children six months to five years promoting early literacy); and our Family and Employment Services Program (FESP) which provides comprehensive treatment to individuals (and youth) who are or have been impacted by a loved one’s substance use.

Childhood Asthma Rates Level Off, But Racial Disparities Remain

There’s finally some good news about childhood asthma in the United States: After rising for decades, the number of children with the breathing disorder has finally stopped increasing and may have started falling, according to a government analysis.

“That was a big surprise,” says Lara Akinbami of the National Center for Health Statistics. “We were expecting the increase to kind of continue. But in fact we saw the opposite.”

The percentage of U.S. children with asthma doubled in the 1980s and 1990s and had been increasing steadily since then. The reason for the increase has remained mysterious, but there may be many possible factors, including exposure to secondhand smoke, obesity and children’s immune systems failing to develop properly.

Akinbami and her colleagues detected the first change in that trend when they analyzed data from the National Health Interview Survey between 2001 and 2013.

Among children ages 17 and younger, the prevalence of asthma peaked at 9.7 percent in 2011 and then plateaued until 2013, when it declined to 8.3 percent, the researchers report Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

But asthma prevalence continues to rise among children in the poorest families and remains far more common among African-American children than white children. More than 14 percent of black children have asthma, compared with about 8 percent of white children. Black children are also much more likely than white children to suffer severe complications.

And it’s not clear “whether 2013 represents just one of the fluctuations in that leveling or whether that’s going to show us the beginning of a decreasing trend,” Akinbami says.

The reason for the shift remains as mysterious as the rise. One possibility is that the proportion of children who are genetically susceptible to asthma may have peaked, Akinbami says.

Regardless of the cause, other experts are welcoming the trend.

“It is good news for kids,” says Stephen Teach, chairman of pediatrics at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C. In addition to deaths and hospitalizations, asthma attacks cause children to miss school and their parents to miss work.

“It’s an economic and health care drag on our system and our potential for children to develop,” Teach says.

Teach and others say we still have a long way to go.

“Roughly 1 in 9 children have asthma. That’s a pretty profound burden of a health condition in a population that really should be very, very healthy overall,” says Elizabeth Matsui, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. “So there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

That includes addressing the persistent racial and economic inequities. “There are stark and dramatic disparities in the prevalence of the disease,” Teach says.

Source: NPR – Rob Stein

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FESP Celebrates the Holidays

On December 15th, our Family and Employment Services Program (FESP) held their annual holiday party. Thirty of our patients were in attendance, to enjoy food, music and activities.
Clients divided into two teams, playing “Name That Tune.” They also participated in an art therapy project, where they identified their greatest accomplishments for 2015 and goals for 2016 which now decorate the halls of our clinic.

Take a look at these great photos from the party!



On Thursday December 3rd, CCHP had its first ever We B-E-E Spelling event…and boy was it fun!

This special holiday edition of We B-E-E Spelling, hosted by Alex Greer, brought our contestants back to the days of middle school. Staff and supporters of CCHP gathered at the Wild Horse Tavern for a memorable night of laughs, music and some good old fashion spelling. Comedians, Kyle Ayers and Will Miles, not only kicked off the evening’s festivities, but were also our “official” judges, while DJ Will Winner provided the tunes for our participants to dance their way to the stage.

Our contestants included a future professional arm wrestler, DMX’s number one fan, scuba divers, a CCHP board member, our very own CEO – Annie Mendelsohn, a few individuals looking to redeem themselves from Spelling Bee losses from their youth, and many more. Their were sabotages, arm-wrestling, blind-folded singing competitions, and celebrity impersonations. Our big winner, CCHP’s Rachel Heyman, was out after the first round, but thanks to an unforgettable performance of the Lion King’s “Hakuna Matta” sang her way back in to take home the trophy!

Not only was this night entertaining, but with close to 100 people, we were able to raise money to provide essential family-focused health care to over 500 under-served families in the East Harlem community.

Don’t worry if you missed out, We B-E-E Spelling will be back this Spring…


Thank You CCHP Nurses

This week is Nurse Appreciation Week, a nationally recognized week where we stop and thank our amazing nurses and medical assistants for their hard work and dedication.

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