NoFlu4U: What You Should Know

“The flu is the most common viral infection we see,” says Dr. Beverly Sheppard, Pediatrics, AdvantageCare Physicians (ACP). Drs. Carl Kenel-Pierre, OB-GYN, Julie Pannulo, Internal Medicine and Beverly Sheppard provide an overview of the extremely common virus, how it’s transmitted and who is most vulnerable to contracting the flu. “Anyone can get the flu, however…

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ACP Leading the Way in Health Care Delivery

By Dr. Navarra Rodriguez, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, AdvantageCare Physicians

As the Electronic Medical Record champion at AdvantageCare Physicians, I was delighted – and more than a little proud – to hear that ACP has been recognized for reaching Stage 6 (out of seven) on the HIMSS Electronic Medical Record Adoption ModelSM…

The Benefits of Collaboration

By Maritza Owens, Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Home Farmers Markets

For over two decades, Harvest Home Farmer’s Market has connected low-income communities to fresh fruits and vegetables via local farmer’s markets. We realized long ago that fostering real change requires bringing together organizations with disparate aims but convergent strategies, and our collaboration with EmblemHealth…

The Root of Health

This fall, visit your local farmers market to pick up highly nutritional fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the fall fruit and vegetable cheat sheet below to know when certain produce is in season. Carrots and mint leaves combined with raisins, water and spices, make a nourishing dish. Tasty and in shades of autumn, this easy-to-make…

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Health Plan

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment starts November 1 — will you be ready to shop for and purchase health insurance? There are many plan options being offered and the challenge comes in knowing what to look for to find the plan that is right for you. The 5 main areas to consider in your health plan selection are…

Welcome Stony Brook University Hospital to the Select Care Network

Stony Brook University Hospital, Suffolk County’s only academic medical center, has joined EmblemHealth’s Select Care provider network. Starting November 1 of this year, the hospital will provide covered medical services to Suffolk County plans for individuals and small groups, both on and off the New York State of Health Marketplace. In addition to the hospital,…

‘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…

Partnering for a Healthier New York

Brooklyn Savvy sat down with Michelle Paige, EmblemHealth, Katherine Harris, AdvantageCare Physicians, Tracey Capers, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and Dr. Monica Sweeney, Health Disparity Coalition, to discuss their efforts to improve access to health & wellness resources in underserved communities. Watch the episode above — which originally aired on Sunday, October 18 — to see…

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…

Consumers’ Needs and Wants in the Digital Age

By Sally Poblete, Founder and CEO, Wellthie

Open enrollment is right around the corner and individuals are prepared to shop. While many consumers have already bought plans, 33 million Americans remain uninsured. The uninsured may be waiting in the wings because the process of purchasing health insurance is complex and information is all too often unclear. However, today’s consumers are savvy…

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…