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June 2014

In This Issue

• Grameen PrimaCare receives $1.5m gift

• Altman Foundation & Grameen PrimaCare co-organize discussion on health care for the undocumented

Highlights from the Grameen VidaSana Member Council 

• Meet our first Health Coach - Jennifer Sardina

GPC & Altman Foundation Lead Discussion on Health Care Access for the Undocumented

GPC co-organized the Altman Foundation's convening on May 2, entitled "Health Care for the Undocumented: Models for Today, Strategies for Tomorrow", bringing together a group of policy leaders, city government officials, healthcare providers, community agencies, and immigrant advocates working in New York City. The objective of the convening was to explore areas of opportunity, innovative service delivery models, and potential strategies to improve health care access for low-income immigrants, particularly the undocumented.

The Altman forum has already helped to catalyze new partnerships, enhance the visibility of current models - including our own Grameen VidaSana - and stimulate discussion on how best to foster systemic approaches to improving health care access within current constraints. We plan to stay actively involved in this new dialogue, to continue to advocate our model, and to contribute both to service delivery system and policy reforms. 


Countdown: 75 Days Until Grameen VidaSana Launches! 

We are excited about the upcoming launch of the Grameen VidaSana Wellness Center!

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks. 


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GPC Receives $1.5 Million Gift

Grameen PrimaCare (GPC) is thrilled to share that we have recently received a $1.5M gift to support the development and initial operation of our Grameen VidaSana (GVS) Wellness Center in Jackson Heights, Queens! This gift will enable the launch of our program in the summer of 2014 and enhance our organizational capacity for its successful operation.

"This support comes at a critical time in our development, strengthening our commitment to building the health resources of hard-working immigrant women in New York City. We are humbled by the incredible generosity of this donor and are motivated even more to work towards the success of our group based health prevention and promotion program. We are excited to contribute both to improving the health of immigrant women who remain uninsured and towards a more inclusive health care system as a whole", said Dr. Pablo Farias, CEO of GPC.


GVS Member Council 

GVS Member Council meeting in Queens, NY

The GVS Member Council is a voluntary group of Grameen America (GA) members who were chosen to be our program ambassadors for their leadership qualities. The Council has been meeting regularly to participate in health education sessions and provide us with important program feedback. To date we have conducted 12 educational sessions with the GVS Member Council, covering topics such as nutrition, exercise, stress management, diabetes and health systems navigation.

Members visit our provider Iora Health's clinic in Manhattan

Council members have also dedicated themselves to learning about the core components of GVS to better communicate with their peers. Members recently visited one of the clinics managed by our partnering health provider, Iora Health, which oriented them to the health program and brought to life the essence of GVS.

Click here to read more about GVS. 

Team Updates

We are excited to introduce Jennifer Sardina, our first GVS Health Coach & Program Coordinator. Welcome to the team, Jennifer!

Ms. Jennifer Sardina
Health Coach & Program Coordinator

Jennifer has over seven years of experience in working with underserved communities of New York City. A graduate of Stony Brook University, and former NYC Teaching Fellow, Jennifer is experienced as an academic and language instructor. She previously worked for the NYC Department of Education, prior to which she was a Spanish and Italian teacher at Tribeca Language. As a Grameen VidaSana health coach, she is excited to bridge her strong interests in education and nutrition to promote preventive healthcare.

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