EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health insurers, was joined by world-renowned body healer, speaker, author Deepak Chopra, community leaders and Queens Borough President Donovan Richards to host Queens’ annual Healthier Futures Health and Wellness Expo. The fair included on-site health screenings, vaccinations, community services, mindfulness and meditation activities organized by Chopra.
“At EmblemHealth, we bring care straight to the heart of the neighborhoods we proudly serve,” said Beth Leonard, EmblemHealth’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. “The exhibits raise health awareness for mind, body and soul and provide people with the opportunity to keep up with medical checkups, update their vaccinations and learn about measures to improve their overall health and well-being.”
As people return to a sense of routine, the exhibits provide community access to essential health care resources that may have been delayed during the height of the pandemic. EmblemHealth created its annual health and wellness community exhibits in 2021 to break down barriers to care by bringing access to health care deeper into New York City’s neighborhoods.
“Wellness means maintaining health in mind, body and soul,” said NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan. “Wellness is for everyone, not just the privileged, and these programs allow us to make it happen. Opportunities for New Yorkers and Queens residents to lead healthy lifestyles through nutrition and wellness activities such as meditation, which are often inaccessible due to cost or other non-economic barriers.”
“A regular meditation practice provides tangible and substantial benefits to mental and physical health,” said Deepak Chopra. “I am honored to participate in Queens Wellness Day and offer the meditation and wellness practices that have helped millions of people around the world.”
In addition to fresh food giveaways, the expo featured a panel discussion on mental health issues affecting men and communities of color, and a women’s pavilion where women participated in health coaching, care counseling and techniques to keep them and their families physically and mentally healthy.
AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) medical professionals were also on site to conduct health screenings for issues such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition, representatives from the EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care Center (EHNC) were on site to provide services and education about the free healthcare hubs in the five boroughs.
“AdvantageCare Physicians understand that to have an impact on public health, we need to meet people outside the walls of our medical offices,” said Dr. Navarra Rodriguez, MD, President and Chief Medical Officer of ACPNY. “We care about the communities we serve because we’re part of them.”
EmblemHealth’s series of exhibits brings the practice of medicine directly to the people, providing information on how to obtain affordable, ongoing resources for health care, food, and wellness. EmblemHealth will host its next Healthier Futures Health and Wellness Expo in Brooklyn.
Last year, EmblemHealth partnered with community organizations and local leaders to launch the inaugural Healthier Futures Health and Wellness Expos. The grants provided healthcare services to thousands of New York residents, including flu and COVID-19 vaccines, health screenings, community resources and fresh, healthy food.