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INSIDE: Teaching Fun and Love DSRIP: Partnering for Health Giving Back to School

“TEACHING, FUN AND LOVE” Volunteer Robin Vermylen

Letter from our CEO Dear Friend, Fall is an exciting time at LSA. As children went back to school, our programs provided food, books, school supplies, and other support to help families meet their needs. A strategic realignment of our programs is helping our programs collaborate more seamlessly. From prenatal care, through early childhood classes and programs for children up to third grade, we are creating a pipeline for child success. We are also proud to annouce the formation of an Honorary Board to recognize individuals who have served on the LSA Board of Directors with distinction and excellence, or have distinguished themselves by outstanding service on behalf of LSA Family Health Service. We are pleased to welcome Jean Ackerman, George Stonbely, Pat Barry, and Sr. Judy Garson as inaugural members. With warm wishes and our thanks for your support,

Reada Bunin Edelstein Interim CEO

LSA Family Health Service Board of Directors Scott DePetris, Chair Mark J. Moran, Vice Chair Barbara Brenner, Dr. PH, Secretary Richard J. Bonforte, MD John Capetta, Esq. Carrie Gallaway Elizabeth King Sr. Margaret A. Leonard Stacy H. Louizos, Esq. Paula G. McInerney Susan McInerney Maria Perez-Brown Glenn R. Sarno, Esq. Ralph A. Siciliano, Esq. Audra Tiner Cecilia S. Vonderheide Darren Wilson Founding Member William J. Doyle (1940-1993)


hances are, if the walls of our early childhood classrooms are transformed into a field of hyacinths or colorful butterflies, Robin Vermylen had something to do with it. Robin is a volunteer who, for over 10 years, has been working with families in our Parenting and Child Development program, leading parents and children in activities that foster early childhood development and prepare children for school. Robin became acquainted with LSA in 2004. As a retired educator, she knew she wanted to volunteer working with preschool-aged children. Over the years the scope of her work has evolved from oneon-one projects with children to activities for parents and children to do together. This shift added a new dimension to her work with families: “It gave [parents] the opportunity to have creative time with their kids,” she said. “It touches a lot of bases.”

“I do projects - the hyacinths are mine,” she said recently, describing her typical day at LSA and pointing out the bright paper flowers decorating the walls. “I also bring a snack and, sometimes, I try to connect it with the projects. Today we did the butterflies, so our snack is going to look like a butterfly, with cream cheese and jelly sandwiches, celery antennae and a strawberry body.” At the graduation for families completing the program in 2016, the LSA Parents Association presented Robin with a bouquet of roses to thank her for her thoughtful and caring presence in the classroom. In her dedication, the president of the association said to Robin: “The projects and the snacks you brought with you were filled with teaching, fun and love. Your work inspires us and shows us that there is always time to do something nice for our community.”

What’s happening at LSA? LOBBY RENOVATIONS LSA’s lobby is getting renovated to create a more vibrant and welcoming space for staff and clients. GREEN GRANT Our Environmental Health program is recruiting families to participate in a study on the health impact of “greening” buildings in the Bronx.

NEW FACES LSA welcomes a new Chief of Finance and Administration, Lawrence Mitchell, to our staff, and John Capetta and Carrie Gallaway to our Board of Directors. MORE TUTORING Starting in October 2016, LSA is doubling tutoring hours, offering children struggling in Math and English two tutoring and two homework help sessions each week.

Interim Chief Executive Officer Reada Edelstein Cover photo by Kaddy Tsang. Alternate cover photo by Micah Rubin.

A mother and newborn get a checkup from LSA nurse, Brigida Lapadula. Photo by Micah Rubin


in five years. That’s how much New York State is hoping to reduce preventable hospital visits, which cost New Yorkers millions each year. DSRIP – the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program – is the program by which it hopes to do this. Essentially, it seeks to reduce health care costs and improve care to Medicaid patients by investing in preventive services that are targeted to the specific needs of communities. Through DSRIP, hospitals are forming partnerships with organizations like LSA to provide innovative services that improve health in a given population. Russell Ann Nobles, LSA’s Chief of Program Operations, said: “LSA’s DSRIP connections are extremely important to us as a CBO. Several of our programs are directly funded by Medicaid. We consider the restructuring of Medicaid and the delivery of services to be of paramount importance, and we want to be as much a part of this process as we can possibly be.” So far, LSA has joined the DSRIP systems of Mount Sinai

DSRIP: PARTNERING FOR HEALTH Health System and NYC Health + Hospitals (formerly the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, or HHC). LSA partners with NYC Health + Hospitals in a program that will train and deploy community health workers to follow-up with pediatric asthma patients in four ways: to reinforce education about asthma triggers, to assess the home environment, to coordinate care, and to track and report results. Our Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) partners with Mount Sinai on the creation of an integrated health care delivery system focused on evidence-based medicine and population health management, development of community-based health navigation services, and hospital to home care collaborative solutions. “We already have a long history of partnering with hospitals and innovating to improve community health,” said Reada Edelstein, LSA’s Interim CEO. “We hope that DSRIP will deepen our partnerships and allow us to do even more to help families facing illness.”

Giving Back to School GenNx 360 helps close the digital divide Generous donors made heading back-to-school much easier for families in our programs, with donations of school supplies and equipment. The GenNx 360 Foundation donated funds toward the purchase of 10 laptops for our educational programs. Their support will go a long way in bridging the digital divide for children in our programs. The Brooke Jackman Foundation gave us a wonderful gift of 89 “Brooke Packs” for families whose children are heading back to school. Each backpack came stuffed with colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, pens, a children’s book, and a knit cap for the winter. Additional school supplies were donated by the staff of Insperity, Inc., which held a school-supply drive in our honor.

Children test out new laptops donated by the GenNx 360 Foundation

In 2015, LSA staff made 1,101 home visits to keep children out of foster care

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