Community Advisory Board

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan Community Advisory Board (CAB) serves as a link between the hospital and the community, facilitating access to quality health care.

The CAB is committed to:

  • Providing a vital perspective on the development of facility plans and meaningful programs to meet the community’s needs,
  • Establishing and maintaining communications with all organizations within the service communities regarding NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan’s needs,
  • Obtaining information regarding NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan’s needs, service areas, and programs.

The CAB works closely with the NYC Health + Hospitals Office of Intergovernmental Relations. They consult and provide advice to the hospital’s administration as well as to the Community Relations Committee of NYC Health + Hospitals’ Board of Directors regarding the health needs of the community. The CAB also has the responsibility to help ensure that the community is kept informed of the goals, objectives, and significant issues of the Corporation and NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan.

General Monthly Meetings

CAB members serve on various monthly committees and host a monthly general meeting on the first Thursday of each month with the hospital’s executive leadership and interested community residents and representatives. All meetings are open to the public.

All meetings are held at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, 1901 First Avenue at 97th Street, unless otherwise noted. Meetings are scheduled as follows:


Monday, May 21, 6 PM, Room 1B36


Thursday, May 24, 6 PM, Room 1B36


Thursday, May 24, 5 PM, Room 1B36


Thursday, June 7th (Annual Public Meeting) 6 PM
Metro East 99th Street Residence, 301 East 99th Street (across the street from the hospital)

Click here to view the flyer.

Please note dates and locations are subject to change.

Becoming a Member

Members of the hospital community who are interested in joining the CAB may submit an application to or mail to

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
Community Advisory Board
1901 First Avenue, Room 1B30-1
New York, NY 10029

For more information, please contact 212-423-7089 or
Download an Application Form (in PDF)

Community Advisory Board Members (2017-2018)

J. Edward Shaw, Chair
John Brecevich, 1st Vice Chair, Treasurer
Carmen Vasquez, 2nd Vice Chair, Mental Health Committee
Robin Strashun, Secretary
Judith Aponte
Ramon Aponte
Jeanne Battle
Carlos Diaz
Daniel Gardner, Chair, Patient Care Committee
Dozene Guishard
Laura Johnson, Chair, Program & Planning/Legislative Committee
Jacqueline Ludorf, Chair, Membership Committee
Charles Mighty, RN, Employee Representative
William Smith
Margaret Stephens
Taina Traverso
Maria Zafra


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