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DOE Free Summer Meals Program

The Department of Education (DOE) 2018 Summer Meals Program begins on June 27th and will run through August 31st (except July 4th and August 21st). Free breakfast (8 AM-9:15 AM) and lunch (11 AM-1:15 PM) will be available to all children up to age 18 at hundreds of public schools, community centers, public pools, libraries and other locations around New York City. No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch. To find a location offering free Summer Meals near you, please visit For more information, call the NYC School Food program at 718.707.4300.

CD14 Community Health Profile

The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) recently released a Community Health Profile for each of New York City’s 59 Community Districts. The linked report details the neighborhood, social, economic and health conditions of residents of Brooklyn Community District 14. Please click here to read the complete report.

Open Enrollment Period for Affordable Health Care

The annual open enrollment period for Affordable Health Care Coverage is November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. Visit NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace  or call the NYS Healthcare Hotline at 855.355.5777 or 800.662.1220, M-F 8AM-8PM, Saturday 9AM-1PM. (more…)

Health Dept to Spray for West Nile Virus

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Thursday, August 20, 2015 during the same hours. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity and have high mosquito populations. The affected neighborhoods within Brooklyn Community District 14 are those south of Avenue K.
Click Here to See DOHMH notice & map.

Healthcare Open Enrollment through Feb. 15th

The Affordable Healthcare Act’s Open Enrollment period extends through February 15, 2015. For health insurance coverage in 2015, you must enroll by this date. Call 3-1-1 or text “CoveredNYC” or “SeguroNYC” to 877877 to find in-person assistance. Visit the New York State Insurance Exchange website at for information on how to enroll or to make an appointment with a healthcare Navigator, a trained professional who can assist with every step of the application process. You can contact the New York State of Health via the helpline at 1.855.355.5777. Keep reading below for links to several local organizations providing Navigator services. (more…)

Ebola Community Education Forum

Where: Kings County Hospital Center, T Bldg. Auditorium. 451 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn.
When: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014, 6 PM

Click Here to see event flyer. Kings County Hospital Center will host a Community Education Forum on Ebola on Wednesday November 19, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at 451 Clarkson Avenue in the T Building Auditorium. The featured speaker will be Ghassan Jamaleddine,MD, Chief Medical Officer. The public is invited to participate in this important forum. Please share this information with friends, family & colleagues. Contact Daphnee Champagne, Associate Director of Community Affairs, Kings County Hospital Center, at 718-245-3228 with any questions.

Community Health Fair

DATE: Sunday, September 14, 2014
TIME:  11 AM – 2 PM
LOCATION: In front of New York Community Hospital
2525 Kings Highway, Brooklyn NY 11229

New York Community Hospital’s Health Fair will feature stroke awareness & nutrition information, blood pressure screenings, podiatry consultations, a nurse on hand to answer questions plus an ambulance for children to tour. For more information, please click here to see flyer or call 917-327-8261.

Mosquito Spraying Notification

Community Notification: Due to weather conditions on August 21st, the Department of Health postponed its spraying event in Brooklyn until Monday, August 25, 2014 between the hours of 8:15 PM and 6:00 AM the following morning.  To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Queens and Brooklyn. Click Here to see the Spraying Map for our area. For more information, please continue reading below.


Blood Drive – Donate!

The community is invited to participate in a blood drive to benefit Maimonides Hospital. The blood drive will be held at the Ditmas Park Rehab & Care Center (2107 Ditmas Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226) on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 from 12:30-8:00 PM.  For more information, please call event co-sponsor FDC at 718-859-3800. Click Here to see the event flyer!

Healthcare Coverage Resources

Do you need healthcare? The enrollment deadline for Affordable Care Act coverage has passed but there are still resources to help you find health insurance for yourself and your family. Visit the New York State of Health website at to find all the information you need! (more…)

70th Precinct Blood Drive

DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: 12:30-6:00 PM
LOCATION: In front of the 70th Precinct
154 Lawrence Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

Donate Blood! The 70th Precinct’s drive is held in Memory of Detective Dillon Stewart. For more information, contact the 70th Precinct at (718) 851-5511.

Free Health Events

Many free health-related events, from flu shots to health insurance workshops, are being held in the district. Most events require RSVP’s. Make sure to sign up soon! To find out about more about upcoming free local health events & screenings,  (more…)

Affordable Health Care Forum

DATE: October 17, 2013, 6 – 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Medgar Evers College, Founder’s Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn

Community members are invited to attend a free forum on the Affordable Care Act & Healthcare for Families & Small Businesses. Forum participants will have an opportunity to sign up for health insurance with the New York Health Benefit Exchange and speak to  “healthcare navigators” who can answer any questions participants may have. For more information, please call forum sponsor Congresswoman Yvette Clarke’s office at (718) 287-1142.

Cooling Centers Open

Sun Due to high temperatures in NYC, cooling centers will be open between Sunday, July 14th and Thursday, July 18th. Please call ahead to confirm hours.
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Women’s Health Dinner Symposium

WHEN: Sunday, June 30th, 2013, 4 PM
WHERE: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Adams Hall, 2017 Beverley Road Brooklyn, NY 11226

All are welcome to attend a Women’s Health Dinner Symposium to learn about the importance of screening mammography. Learn to identify signs and symptoms that can result in heart attacks and other cardiac conditions, perform self-examinations, and maintain good breast health, along with information about managing non-malignant gynecological conditions.  The event will feature several speakers and a free dinner and gifts for attendees. The event is sponsored by Councilmember Mathieu Eugene. For more information, call 718-287-8762.

Mobile Care Clinic

DATE: Wednesday, June 26th, 9 AM – 4:30 PM
LOCATION: 1414 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn

Visit the Mobile Care Clinic for No-Cost Mammograms and Clinical Breast Exams. Women, aged 40+ who are New York City residents are eligible. You must schedule an appointment by calling 877-628-9090. The event is sponsored by the American Italian Cancer Foundation & State Assembly Members Rhoda Jacobs & Jim Brennan.

CLICK HERE to see the event flyer.

Health Fair at the Flatbush Caton Market

DATE: Saturday, May 18th, 2013
TIME: 11 AM – 3 PM
LOCATION: Flatbush Caton Market,
794-814 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Free screenings for vision, blood pressure, diabetes, glucose, HIV, Hepatitis C, plus weigh-ins, health education & fitness consultations.  For more information, visit or call 718-940-2200. This event is sponsored by the Haitian-American Community Coalition, Inc. (HCC) and the AIDS Leadership Coalition (ALC.)

Medical & Dental Health Screenings

Date: Saturday, April 20, 10 AM
Location: Council of People Organization, 1081 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn
For more information, call 718-434-3266

Dental students will provide oral cancer screenings, dental exams, oral hygiene instructions  and smoking cessation. Medical students will provide medical exams, blood pressure & blood glucose readings.
Sponsored by Council of People Organization, Muslim Dental Association of NYUCD & Ibn Sina; The MSA, NYU School of Medicine.

Free Mold Treatment Program Event

DATE: Saturday, April 27th, 2-4 PM
LOCATION: 1081 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn (map)
SPONSORS: COPO & Neighborhood Revitalization NYC/LISC
For More Information, Please Call 718-434-3266 or visit
*Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Hindi, Spanish & English speaking advocates will be available to assist residents at the event.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations announced a new initiative to address water damage and treat mold in homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Using private money raised to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has launched a remediation program to remove mold in approximately 2,000 homes in the hardest hit areas. (more…)

Heart, Vascular & Stroke Symposium

Learn about heart, vascular, and stroke issues including signs and symptoms, available treatments, and preventive care from acknowledged experts in the field. Topics of discussion will include taking care of your heart, stroke prevention and treatment and vascular and endovascular health.

DATE: Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: St. Jerome RC School Gymnasium, 465 East 29th Street (Between Newkirk and Foster Avenues,) Brooklyn, NY 11226. 
to see event flyer

Limited Seating ∙ Free Light Lunch ∙ Free Gift for All Attendees ∙ Free Parking
To Make a Reservation, please call: 718-283-8832

Preventing HIV/STI: Training & Panel Disussion

Best Practices in Preventing HIV/STI: Training & Panel Disussion

Presented by Take Care New York

DATE:  Monday, December 10, 2012

TIME: 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm

WHERE: DOHMH Gotham Center, 42-09 28th Street Queens, NY 11101- 12th Floor,  Room 12-22

Join the Health Department for a Half-Day Training and Panel Discussion to address the “Best Practices in Preventing the Spread of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections within the Community.”

This Presentation and Cross-Disciplinary discussion will feature Expert Panelists from Faith-Based Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Hospitals and Health Care Providers, and will be Moderated by Dr. Monica Sweeney, Assistant Commissioner, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control.

For more information, contact Safiya Addison- Community Relations Specialist at or call 347-396-4063.

Cancer Support Group for Women

Connect with others and share resources at this monthly support group for women affected by cancer. All women are welcome including those newly diagnosed, in treatment or survivors.

When: Tuesday, July 31, 2-3:30 PM
Where: SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Long Island College Hospital, 339 Hicks Street, Avram Conference Center, Room F/G

Register today at 718-780-1481 or email

NYC Cooling Centers Open Monday & Tuesday

The NYC Office of Emergency Management announced cooling centers will open Monday, July 16 & Tuesday, July 17, to help New Yorkers stay cool. According to the latest National Weather Service forecast, the heat index is expected to exceed 95 degrees Monday and Tuesday. With temperatures soaring, it is important to keep hydrated and stay cool. During officially-declared heat waves, New York City offers hundreds of cooling centers  in air-conditioned public community centers, senior centers, and public libraries around the five boroughs. To find a cooling center or pool near you, call 311 or Click Here to use the online Cooling Center locator. These centers are free and open to the public. Individuals who have no ready access to a cool environment, and particularly those at risk for heat-related illness, should use the cooling centers during a heat wave.


HCC 2nd Annual Health Fair

HCC 2nd ANNUAL HEALTH FAIR at Caton Market
Where: Flatbush Caton Market
814 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
: Friday, July 27th, 2012, 10:30 AM – 4 PM                 
Mobile Food Pantry, free testing for Breast Cancer, Blood pressure, blood sugar, BMI, vision, HIV, Hepatitis C, free and low-cost health insurance information and more.  For more information, email

Community Resource Fair

Saturday, June 30, 1-3 PM * Cortelyou Church of God, 1085 Flatbush Ave.

Services provided will include health information, foster parent sign-up, mental health information, shelters and housing options, daycare vouchers and children’s resources, loan modifications, employment information and more!

The event is free and open to the public. Click Here for more information.

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