Explore NYC, Flu-Free: 5 City Spots to Visit This Fall

The flu virus spreads from person to person and, even if you try avoiding people who are sick, the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent infection and keep you active. Instead of staying home sick, get your flu shot and make the most of New York City this fall. We’ve rounded up a…

How EmblemHealth Employees Give Back

Volunteering not only helps others, but can be good for your own health and well-being, as well. In honor of National Volunteer Week, EmblemHealth asked employees how they give back to their community through volunteer work. Here are some of their stories.   Deirdre Garrett-Scott, Senior Vendor Specialist On January 16, 2017, Martin Luther King’s holiday, my…

Join EmblemHealth at Z100 Jingle Ball Pre-Party!

If you’re an EmblemHealth member*, please join us on Friday, December 9 for the official Z100 Jingle Ball  Pre-Party! As a special offer to members and to gain access to the event, fill out this survey and hit submit. You will then receive a confirmation email that acts as your ticket to the event. We encourage you…

South Brooklyn Opening

EmblemHealth Opens South Brooklyn Sales Office

This weekend EmblemHealth celebrated the grand opening of its new sales office in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. More than 30 local community leaders attended the South Brooklyn Sales Office grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony, including Sen. Martin J. Golden; Wai Yee Chan, Director, CPC Brooklyn Community Service; Peggy Sheng, Chief Operating Office of CAIPA; Steve Chung, President, United…

Guiding Families on Their Path to Embrace Better Nutritional Choices

By Jessica Kruskamp, Chief Education Officer, NYJTL

Our partnership with EmblemHealth continues to impact families by teaching healthy habits, and making cooking a fun family activity at home. We’re engaging nearly 3,500 families citywide, in four languages: English, French, Mandarin and Spanish. More than 60 percent are bilingual, allowing us to engage families in an authentic, impactful way. The recipes and shopping lists reflect and celebrate cultural diversity, and it’s critical these resources are accessible to all.

Farmers Markets

Freshen Up for Fall!

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets

Right now Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets are brimming with fresh, locally grown, affordable fruit and veggies. At Harvest Home we think eating healthy has to be delicious. Join us and freshen up your meals with a bit of health and a lot of taste. Our in-market cooking demonstrations provide…

EmblemHealth and LaborPress Honor Heroic Actions of Union Members

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, EmblemHealth and LaborPress honored the achievements of courageous union members at the fifth annual Heroes of Labor Awards. Formed in 2011, the Heroes of Labor Awards spotlights the contributions and courageous acts of those within the New York City labor community. Representing seven different New York City Labor unions, this…

EmblemHealth Serving NYC’s Chinese Community

EmblemHealth understands the importance of serving the diversified needs of New Yorkers. As immigrants are choosing to settle down in this growing area, Bensonhurst has become an attractive location to the Chinese-speaking population. At the new EmblemHealth South Brooklyn sales office location, there will be experienced, licensed, and knowledgeable health insurance professionals ready to help…

Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative Hosts First Panel Discussion

Yesterday, EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative hosted its first Caregiver Panel discussion for Emblem employees. Members of the New York City Partnership for Family Caregiver Corps (NYCP4FC) discussed the challenges associated with becoming a family caregiver, and in an effort to prevent caregivers from becoming care recipients, offered strategies to help manage the…

Domestic Violence

Raising Awareness to Combat Domestic Violence

Throughout September, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care will host “Parent Workshops on Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships,” to raise awareness about ways to combat domestic violence — a program delivered by the New York City Mayor’s Office. The workshop was introduced to Neighborhood Care by Dr. Sander Koyfman, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, in effort to…

Grand Opening ACPNY Express

On July 20, EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) celebrated the opening of the first ACPNY Express, which provides holistic health and wellness support to City of New York employees. Emblem and ACPNY’s leadership were joined by City and Union leaders for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening, followed by tours of the new facility…

men's health

Come Join Us for Men’s Health Day

EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care invites you to a free Men’s Health Day celebration! Come participate in the events of the day and learn about preventable health problems and the importance of early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. You can participate in a free health screening and exercise classes, enjoy refreshments and a…

Member Appreciation Day

Member Appreciation Day

To show our appreciation for your loyal membership, EmblemHealth cordially invites you to Member Appreciation Day on Friday, June 10. Participate in exercise classes, health workshops, take tours and get your questions answered from knowledgeable staff. Light refreshments, giveaways and free massages will be available throughout the event. We hope to see you there, and…

Meet Emblem the Wellness Dog

EmblemHealth has a strong commitment to your health and wellness. That commitment is part of the legacy of service to the communities we serve. Today, we are unveiling the first of a series of videos featuring our new mascot, Emblem the Wellness Dog, and his journeys around New York City. The short video episodes will show how all of us can…

Teen Battle Chef at Neighborhood Care!

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Harlem to cheer on the talented teen chefs as they compete and show off their culinary talents. The Teen Battle Chef program teaches students to cook with fresh ingredients for better health, and aims to prevent childhood obesity and diabetes. The event is free,…

Thrive NYC

Today I Thrive

One in five New Yorkers are affected by mental illness each year. For Mental Health Month, learn about ThriveNYC, an initiative by First Lady Chirlane McCray that’s expanding access to resources and support across the city. ThriveNYC is empowering New Yorkers to have an open conversation about mental health. To learn more, watch the nine…

" Nurses are at the heart of health care, working tirelessly to save lives, provide comfort to both patients and their loved ones, and facilitate the delivery of care. In recognition of National Nurses Week, please join me in thanking each and every nurse for their dedication, passion and commitment to the health and well-being of our community. "Karen Ignagni, President & CEO, EmblemHealth

Happy Mother’s Day

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ― Unknown

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National Urban Health Conference

Join EmblemHealth on Friday, April 29, 2016, for a free National Urban Health Conference panel discussion, “The Affordable Care Act and Beyond.” What: Conference Kickoff Breakfast & Panel Discussions, Panel I: Affordable Health Care Act 2016 & Beyond, Panel II: Hospice & Palliative Care Panel…

earth day

Celebrate Earth Day in New York

In 1970, 20 million Americans across the country gathered for the first Earth Day. Now 46 years later, it’s one of the largest civic observances in the world. Every April 22, people organize walks, events and volunteer opportunities to raise global awareness and motivate others to take action toward environmental change. The creation of the…

Care in Crown Heights

On April 20, 2016, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care (EHNC) will open its doors to the entire community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn! Scroll through the photos above to see the new space. Health care can be confusing, and at times you may need to sit and chat with a real person, ask questions and get reliable information,…

Changing the Narrative of Cancer

On April 7, 2016, the American Cancer Society (ACS) hosted its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life Most Valuable Partners (MVP) Event at EmblemHealth’s corporate headquarters. The event honors key Making Strides and Relay for Life partners, sponsors, teams, fundraisers and vendors. It’s a way for the organization to…

Event! Teen Battle Chef: The Sizzle of Pursuit Premiere

Join FamilyCook Productions for a special screening of Teen Battle Chef: The Sizzle of Pursuit on Tuesday, April 5 from 6-8 pm. The documentary film follows a group of teens training to develop culinary skills and healthy eating habits to battle the chronic diseases and life stresses of growing up in poverty-dense communities. Students from…

Eat for Life!

By Chef Kenny Minor, Personal Chef and Author

Living a healthy and balanced life is all about making SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) choices for your life. However, in today’s growing fast-food culture, one has to ask: can I truly live a richer life based on smart food choices only? In 2015, more than…

Black History Month

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” –Harriet Tubman.

During Black History Month, we honor and celebrate the great dreamers of the past and present who have inspired the future.

Chinese New Year

Event! Lunar New Year

Join us as EmblemHealth celebrates the Year of the Monkey at two Lunar New Year parades! The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations, featuring traditional cultural performances and festival booths…

Event! 2016 EmblemHealth Hispanic Games

Join EmblemHealth at the 2016 Hispanic Games, located at the Armory Track in Washington Heights, Manhattan. This event is free and open to the public. The EmblemHealth Hispanic Games is an annual two-day track meet hosted by the Armory in conjunction with local schools across the New York metropolitan area. Approximately 10,000 student-athletes attend and participate in various track and field competitions. EmblemHealth will be onsite to provide educational resources…

Thank You

EmblemHealth proudly celebrates the 1.4 million brave men and women in New York who have served our country. We honor the veterans from previous generations, welcome home those abroad and respect our future service men and women — thank you all for your tireless dedication to America.

‘Defending Labor is My Life’s Work’

By Steve Wishnia, LaborPress

As the son of a Sicilian hotel worker, Vinny Pitta (pictured above, right) understands the dreams and struggles of immigrant families — and the success he’s achieved thus far in his career is evidence of the power of trade unions to fulfill the American Dream. In his ongoing work with labor, Pitta remains steadfast in ensuring that American ideal continues to inspire generations to come…

Never Abandoning the Fight: School Safety Agents Battle For Equity — and Win!

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

Without the steadfast courage of Corinthians Andrews (pictured above, bottom center), Bernice Christopher (pictured above, right) and Patricia Williams (pictured above, left) — lead plaintiffs in the landmark Equal Pay Act — the gender gap that once marked the lives of 5,000 mostly female school safety agents might never have been shut this past year…

OSA’s Sheila Gorsky: Training Analysts for 30 Years

By Steven Wishnia, LaborPress

Few New Yorkers understand what the city’s staff analysts do. A video filmed in Madison Square Park by the Organization of Staff Analysts (OSA), the union that represents almost 5,000 of them, found a dozen people utterly clueless. One woman guessed they were in-house psychiatrists for stressed-out civil servants…

" I salute Labor for all the great work they do, not only in New York, but across the country. I salute them for the economic development they’re responsible for, for all the jobs. They are the economic engine and the backbone of New York City. "Letitia James, Public Advocate for the City of New York

Event! Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

At EmblemHealth, we are dedicated to helping people stay healthy, get well and live better. That is why — for the 17th straight year — we are proud to be a flagship sponsor of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in New York City, Albany, Long Island and Syracuse.  We know early detection is key, and…

The Right Man for This Heavy-Duty Teaching Job

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

Teaching the next generation of heavy equipment operators how to safely and effectively operate the multi-ton behemoths currently reshaping the city on construction sites throughout town is an awesome responsibility — but IUOE Local 15’s Patrick Peterson (pictured above, right) couldn’t be more well-suited for the job…

Meet Emeregildo Clark, Healthcare Solutions Specialist

Emeregildo Clark (Emery as he prefers to be called), grew up about four blocks from where Cambria Heights Neighborhood Care stands today. “I played sports around here, rode my bike, and hung out at the supermarket just up the block from Neighborhood Care. I used to get babysat at the Jamaican bakery and did my…

UFCW Local 2013 — Rising Out Of the Ashes of 348-S

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

Three years ago, when Louis Mark Carotenuto first came to the union that would become Local 2013, he found the group’s 430 preexisting contracts in complete and utter disarray. Some of the 15,000 members hadn’t seen a representative in so long, they had no idea they even had a union representing them…

The Traffic Agents Who Nabbed a Hit-Run Driver

By Steven Wishnia, LaborPress

In the afternoon rush hour on June 4, Traffic Enforcement Agents Christina Drayton and Raheem Harris (pictured above, center) were coming back from a routine shift in Co-op City. They’d been keeping intersections and crosswalks clear, as part of the Vision Zero program, and were on their way to pick up other agents and bring them back to the office. They were waiting at a red light in the Pelham Bay section…

Local 94’s Bill Caramico: Educating for a Union Future

By Steven Wishnia, LaborPress

“I’m not a labor hero,” insists William Caramico (pictured above) of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94. “I’m telling the stories of the true labor heroes.” Caramico, 61, a mechanic and shop steward at the New York Post printing plant, teaches classes on labor history to new Local 94 members as part of their three-year technical training program. He brings a lot of passion and fervor to it…

Evet Stephens Made History

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

The last thing Evet Stephen’s (pictured above, right) parents wanted for their daughter back in 1987 was for her to become an operating engineer. But that’s exactly what the former National Guard member did, becoming IUOE Local 14-14bB’s first African-American female member upon leaving the military and completing the union’s rigorous four-and-a-half year Apprenticeship Program…

Iraq Veteran, Honored Ironworker: Roberto LeFurgy

By Joe Maniscalco, LaborPress

Four years ago, Local 361 apprentice Rob LeFurgy (pictured above, center) wasn’t even sure what an ironworker did. All the decorated Iraqi war veteran knew for certain was that he sorely missed the brotherhood and sense of higher purpose he had known serving in the U.S. Army. Becoming an ironworker, however, has gone a long way to satisfying those intense feelings of longing and restoring the 28-year-old Oakdale, Long Island resident’s hope in a brighter future…

Accessible Health Care

Academy of Medical & Public Health Services has been honored a Commitment to Care Award for eliminating barriers to clinical health care for underserved immigrant populations. Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2010 and dedicated to offering accessible health care to underserved immigrant populations. AMPHS strongly believes…

Economic Development and Cultural Awareness

The Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA), Inc. has been awarded a Commitment to Care Award for promoting economic development and cultural awareness. The Flushing Chinese Business Association (FCBA), Inc. was founded in 1982 as a nonprofit business membership organization. It focuses its efforts on fostering the commercial and economic development of Flushing, while facilitating a…

Aging and Cultural Sensitivity

The Chinese American Planning Council – Nan Shan Senior Center — has been awarded a Commitment to Care Award for ensuring graceful aging with dignity and cultural sensitivity. Its mission is to serve the Chinese-American, immigrant and low-income communities in New York City by providing services, skills and resources towards economic self-sufficiency. As one of…

Event! A Celebration of Family Caregiving: Unity in Diversity

Join us for a celebration of family caregiving at the 4th Annual William S. Perper Symposium. Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Location: New York Academy of Medicine (use the 103rd Street entrance) Senior leadership from Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, EmblemHealth and the New York City Partnership for Family…

Event! Small Steps to a Healthier School Year

With the school year in full swing, stop by EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care in Cambria Heights, Queens for a fun family day. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations, free height and weight measurements, giveaways and much more! The event is free to attend…

Event! Atlantic Antic

Join EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians at the 41st annual Atlantic Antic festival. Events take place on Atlantic Avenue between Fourth Avenue and the waterfront in downtown Brooklyn. This mile-long festival spans four neighborhoods, has music, food, crafts and more than 100 local businesses that support economic development, historic preservation, and cultural enrichment…

Event! AdvantageCare Physicians Health Fair in Flushing

Join us at the AdvantageCare Physicians Flushing Health Fair and Family Festival, and experience what care feels like right in the neighborhood. Stop by for a health screening, and get your fill of food, music and health and wellness tips and take a small step to living healthier. Date: Sunday, September 20 Time: 10 am-4…

Fit for Your Neighborhood

In the vibrant, multi-ethnic neighborhoods of Flatbush, Brooklyn, more than one of four adults is obese, and more than half of all adults in those communities report doing no physical activity at all. As a result, the second-leading cause of death in Flatbush is heart disease. The Haitian-American Community Coalition (HCC), which champions the health…

EmblemHealth Sponsors Farmers Markets Throughout NYC

EmblemHealth is doing its part to increase access to local, farm-fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods. We have once again collaborated with three non-profit organizations to sponsor farmers markets throughout the city this summer and fall. For the third year in a row, EmblemHealth is sponsoring the Marcy Plaza Farmers Market in conjuction with Bedford Stuyvesant…