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NYC Care and MetroPlusHealth Host Resource Fair in Staten Island to Celebrate Immigrant Heritage Week

NYC Care and MetroPlusHealth partnership reaffirms commitment to serving New York City’s immigrant communities

The resource fair featured a coalition of local community partners and City agencies

Apr 24, 2023

Representatives from NYC Care and MetroPlusHealth pose in front of the MetroPlusHealth Staten Island office at the start of the resource fair.

New York, NY

On Saturday, April 22nd, NYC Care and MetroPlusHealth partnered to launch a resource fair to support Staten Island’s immigrant communities. Tabling partners included Project Hospitality/El Centro, NY Foundling, La Colmena, the NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, African Refuge, and the United Network for Early Childhood Education Provider Network. The partners provided a range of services for Staten Islanders, including connecting them to health care coverage, sharing information on how to access free immigration legal help, and providing services for expecting mothers. A Spanish-language interpreter was on site to ensure New Yorkers with limited-English proficiency could access services. Immigrant Heritage Week originally started in 2004 and marks April 17, 1907 when 11,000 immigrants — the most in one day — passed through Ellis Island. The resource fair was part of numerous Immigrant Heritage Week celebrations citywide at individual NYC Health + Hospitals facilities and City agencies.

“Immigrant Heritage Week may be almost over, however, NYC Care will continue to work tirelessly to support all immigrant communities in New York City,” said Dr. Jonathan Jiménez, Executive Director of NYC Care from NYC Health + Hospitals. “Thank you to MetroPlusHealth, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, Project Hospitality, and our other partners for supporting us in delivering resources to the Staten Island community. With these efforts, we hope to encourage all to visit our website at NYCCare.NYC to seek the care they are entitled to, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.”

“At MetroPlusHealth, we want all New Yorkers to have health care. We believe in health care for all. And we want our members to have quality health care, at little to no cost,” said Roger Milliner, Chief Growth Officer, MetroPlusHealth. “Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth Plan has built a reputation for providing access to affordable, quality health care to the people of New York City.”

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About NYC Care

NYC Care is a healthcare access program that provides comprehensive and low or no-cost healthcare services through NYC Health + Hospitals for New Yorkers who cannot afford or are ineligible for health insurance. NYC Care provides a membership card, 24/7 customer service, access to comprehensive and affordable healthcare services, like primary care, mental health services, and sexual and reproductive healthcare, low-cost medications, and member materials in multiple languages – regardless of your immigration status or ability to pay. Call 646-NYC-CARE (646-692-2273) or visit www.nyccare.nyc to learn more and sign up today – privacy and confidentiality guaranteed.

About NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals is the largest municipal health care system in the nation. We are a network of 11 hospitals, trauma centers, neighborhood health centers, nursing homes, and post-acute care centers. We are a home care agency and a health plan, MetroPlus. Our health system provides essential services to more than one million New Yorkers every year in more than 70 locations across the city’s five boroughs. Our diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest life possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About MetroPlusHealth

Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth has helped the people of New York City get quality health care at little to no cost. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for over 700,000 New Yorkers, and its commercial and government-sponsored plans meet the needs of individuals, families, and workforces. The MetroPlusHealth staff speaks more than 40 languages and is as diverse as the great City it serves. MetroPlusHealth is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system. For more information, visit metroplus.org. Join the conversation on social media at @metroplushealth.