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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contact:
Ana M. Carrión - amcarrion@hostos.cuny.edu / Soldanela Rivera - srlopez@hostos.cuny.edu
Phone: 718-518-6579

MEDIA ADVISORY

What: Impact of Health Care Reform in the Bronx Conference
An open conference presented by The Bronx Forum, a partnership of Hostos Community College and CAUSE-NY/Jewish Community Relations Council
When: Friday, May 6, 2011
Time: 8:30am - 9:30am – Breakfast / Registration - 9:00am- 12:30pm - Program
Where: Savoy Building, 2nd Floor, 120 East 149th Street (Corner of Walton Avenue)
Who: Rubén Díaz Jr., Bronx Borough President
Dr. Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President, Hostos Community College
Jaime Torres, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services; Troy Oechsner, Deputy Superintendent for Health, N.Y.S. Insurance Department
Joann Casado,JD.,  Executive Director, Bronx Health Link
Jorge P. Silva-Puras, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration
Clarence Stanley, Director, Bronx Small Business Development Center
Marija Sajkas, Health Advocacy Associate, New York Immigration Coalition
Lloyd Bishop, Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Health Initiatives, Greater New York Hospital Association (GNHYA)
John Weed,Assistant Executive Director, BronxWorks
Bishop Angelo Rosario, Bronx Clergy Task Force

Registration: $20 registration may be paid at the event (cash or check- payable to JCRC).  Group discounts are available. 

Contact: CAUSE-NY Monica Merlis at mmerlis@jcrcny.org or 212-983-4800 x122.

This Bronx Forum will bring a conference to present the changes that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring to the Bronx and how they will critically affect various sectors of the borough. The open assembly marks the start of a six-part series that begins this summer through the spring of 2012.  Follow-up conferences will focus on the issues of primary care in the Bronx with executive roundtable sessions prepared to address youth, seniors, chronic illness, mental health and addiction, and employee health benefit issues. 

A special thank you to our partners and sponsors: Affinity Health Plan, Beth Abraham Family Health Services, Bronx Borough President’s Office, CAUSE-NY/JCRC-NY, Emblem Health, Healthfirst, Health Plus, Hostos Community College and the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.

Links: Department of Health and human Resources (www.hhs.gov); New York State Insurance Department, (www.ins.state.ny.us); The Bronx Health Link (www.bronxhealthlink.org); Small Business Development Center (www.nyssbdc.org); New York Immigration Coalition (http://www.thenyic.org); Greater New York Hospital Association (www.gnyha.org); The Bronx Works (www.bronxworks.org); Rosario Ministries (rosarioministries); Jewish Community Relations Council (www.jcrcny.org).

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York system, was founded in 1968.  Located in the South Bronx, the college currently serves more than 6,000 students.  In addition to associate degree programs that facilitate easy transfer to CUNY’s four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions, Hostos also has an award-winning Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department that offers courses for professional development and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. In four decades, Hostos has grown from a class of 623 in the fall of 1970 to the spring 2010 enrollment of over 6,000 students.  The college also serves an additional 10,000 students through its Continuing Education and Professional Studies Department. For more news and stories about Hostos Community College visit www.hostos.cuny.edu.

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