EmblemHealth held its annual Healthier Futures Health and Wellness Expo during the first-ever Queens Wellness Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Flushing. The expo featured onsite health screenings, vaccinations, community services, mindfulness and meditation activities hosted by world-renowned mind-body healer, speaker and author Deepak Chopra.
The expo “allows community members to connect with health screenings and vaccinations, fitness demos, fun for the kids, fresh food and live entertainment,” according to EmblemHealth.
Medical professionals from AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) provided health screenings for issues such as asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure. EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care center (EHNC) representatives provided instruction to the community regarding free healthcare resource hubs located throughout the boroughs.
“Together, we can heal our borough after these two uncertain years and build the future that all our families deserve,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, who sponsored Queens Wellness Day.
Among the highlights of the expo were a panel discussion on mental health issues impacting men and communities of color, and a women’s pavilion, where women participated in health coaching and care guidance and learned techniques to keep their families physically and mentally healthy.
As people return to a sense of routine, the expo provided the community with access to essential health care resources that might have been delayed during the height of the pandemic.
EmblemHealth created its annual health and wellness community expos in 2021 to help eliminate barriers to care by bringing healthcare access deeper into New York City neighborhoods.
“AdvantageCare physicians understands that to have an impact on public health, we must meet people beyond the walls of our medical offices,” said Dr. Navarra Rodriguez, M.D., president and chief medical officer of ACPNY. “We care for the communities we serve because we are a part of them.”