The Harlem community and more than 50 community organizations, local businesses, City & State agencies joined us last week to provide free health screenings, Covid testing & vaccinations, flu shots and more during our annual Community Health Street Fair. The event was expanded this year to occupy a full city block in front of our HQ on Amsterdam Avenue.
Attendees interacted with a wide variety of participants – including the New York State Department of Health, Ponce Bank, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Ryan Health, The LGBT Community Center, Harlem Strong, Harlem Hospital, Heritage Health, The Lincoln Recovery Center and more – to learn about their programs and services. In addition, attendees took part in health screenings that included blood pressure, diabetes and glucose, HIV and Hep “C” testing, a Chair Yoga workshop and seminar on how to Reduce & Manage Stress.
During a special ceremony, the Bowen Center presented its Community Leadership Award to The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, in recognition for the organization’s “steadfast dedication to preserving and enhancing” the Harlem Community. Mr. Michael Flanigan accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
New York City Councilmember Shaun Abreu and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine both addressed the crowd and thanked the Bowen Center for organizing the well-attended community event and for continuing to provide the city with comprehensive mental health, addiction treatment and social services.
(Photo credit: Sergio Tupac Uzurin)