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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:


Thursday, March 5, 9 AM – 12 Noon
Draper Hall
1918 First Avenue (at East 99th Street)
New York, NY 10029
Link to Flyer

Thursday, April 2, 6 PM, Room 1B35
Thursday, May 7, 6 PM, Room 1B35


Patient Care
Mental Health
Program & Planning/Legislative

All committees meet
Thursday, February 27, 5 PM, Room 1B36
Thursday, March 26, 5 PM, Room 1B36
Thursday April 23, 5 PM, Room 1B36
Thursday May 28, 5 PM, Room 1B36

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 (2019-2020)

John Brecevich, Chair
William Smith, 1st Vice Chair
Judith Aponte, 2nd Vice Chair
Michael Lopez, Treasurer
Ramon Aponte, Secretary
Hollis Cuffie
Christina Curry
Daniel Gardner, Chair, Patient Care Committee
Dozene Guishard, Chair, Program & Planning/Legislative Committee
Janetha Hinds
Barbara Rudder, Chair, Membership Committee
Terry Smith
Taina Traverso, Chair, Environmental Committee
Marie Winfield
Maria Zafra

J. Edward Shaw, Chairman Emeritus
Hon. Olga Mendez, Emeritus


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