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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:


First Thursday of the month, at 5 PM. Webex, conference call, until further notice.
October 7, 2021
November 4, 2021
December 2, 2021
January 6, 2022
February 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
April 7, 2022
May 5, 2022
June 2, 2022
September 1, 2022
October 6, 2022
November 3, 2022
December 1, 2022

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


Patient Care
Mental Health
Program & Planning/Legislative

All committees meet the fourth Thursday of the month, at 5 PM. Conference call until further notice.
September 23 ,2021
October 28, 2021
November 2021, TBD
December 2021, TBD
January 27, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
April 28, 2022
May 26, 2022
September 22, 2022
October 27, 2022
November 2022, TBD
December 22, 2022

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 (2021-2022)

William Smith, Chair
Ramon Aponte, 1st Vice Chair
Marie Winfield, 2nd Vice Chair
Michael Lopez, Treasurer
Ramon Aponte, Secretary
Barbara Rudder, Chair, Membership Committee
Christina Curry
Dozene Guishard, Chair, Program &Planning/Legislative Committee
Janetha Hinds
Judith Aponte
Maria Zafra, Interim Chair, Patient Care Committee
Sarah Jacob
Sonia Deb
Taina Traverso, Chair, Environmental (Ad-Hoc) Committee
Teisha E. McKoy
Terry Smith
Wilfredo Lopez
Wilma Johnson

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


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