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May 17th, 2014
Our good luck with the weather continued as the predicted rains didn’t arrive until well after our third walk of the pilot program. It can be hard to find dental care in East Harlem, especially affordable, quality care available to children and adults irrespective of documented status. And that’s where our friends at Boriken Neighborhood Health Center can help! We passed out toothbrushes and floss and set off to the north!
Although their official grand opening of the new clinic building was a couple weeks away, our Boriken friends Erika Estades, Ricardo Concepcion and Miguel Bustos arranged to open the building; upon arrival, Ricardo and dental assistant Maritza Mojia were kind enough to give us a guided tour! The brand new facilities will include a pediatric clinic, adult clinics and dental services for all ages.
We stopped by Marcus Garvey Park where we had our apples and bananas, and dropped off the food waste at the Herb Garden community garden that we visited last week. And we wrapped things up back at our starting point where we filled out our quizes and handed out the day’s health information as usual.
Special thanks to our guest, Michael Chung, Director of Community Outreach at Sacred Heart where he runs the H.E.A.R.T. summer program for middle school-aged children.
Date: May 17, 2014
Calories: about 350*
Time: about 3.0 hours
Co-leaders: Cappy Collins, Lara Crystal-Ornelas, Maria Robles
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