Healthfirst’s 4th Annual Women’s History Month Awards Gala-2019

By;Betty Coker, Editor in Chief  For World Liberty TV

Healthfirst and our Community Partners are honored to once again request your presence at the Annual Women’s History Month Community Awards Celebration on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Maestro’s, located at 1703 Bronxdale Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462.

Women's History Month

2019 Healthfirst Honoress and Staff Members of Healthfirst

As we celebrate our 4th year of  this prestigious community event, we are delighted  to announce the line-up of this year’s honorees:

Patricia Stevenson – Owner, Harlem News Group; Reese Scott – Founder Women’s World of Boxing; Olga Luz Tirado – Executive Director, Bronx Tourism; Dr. Marcia V. Keizs – President, York College;

Women Boxing Gym Owner

Dr.Abbey with Reese Scott Founder Women’s World of Boxing

Dr. Oxiris Barbot – Commissioner of the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene; Dr. Saundra Johnson – Director, Medgar Evers Van Dyke Cornerstone Program; Lillian Chan – Vice President of Sales and Marketing, TMI Trading Corp;

Chinese/American CEO of Health Co

Dr.Abbey with Pat Wang President and CEO Healthfirst

Mabel Long – Director of Donor Management and Special Events, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc; Joann Ariola Shanks – Director, Intergovernmental Affairs, Medisys Health Network;

Jamaican/American President York College Queens NY

Honoree Dr Marcia Keizs President York College

Chaplin Ingrid Lewis- Martin – Senior Advisor to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; Caryn Resnick – Acting Commissioner New York City Department of the Aging.

Welcome message was by Pat Wang President and CEO , of Healthfirst, I am delighted to welcome you all to Healthfirst’s  4th Annual Women’s History Month Awards Celebration. Tonight we will be recognizing 11 remarkable women who are making significant impact on our city and region.,but what they have in common is service to others.

HealthFirst Worker

Dr.Abbey with Gaye Anderson Manager Community Engagement Healthfirst

They are wonderful role models for our young women and men as well. Each of them is making a tangible difference and for that we celebrate them.

Women History Month Trophy Winners

Trophies the Honorees won

As a Company that is rooted firmly in New York City and the  surrounding area, we are pleased to play a role in honoring these community leaders .Healthfirst created  and sponsors this event because we believe that it is important to shine a light on the service and commitment of these women and the many others like them.

Works with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz jr

Dr.Abbey with Honoree Olga Luz Tirado Executive Director Bronx Tourism Council

It is especially relevant that we do this during Women’s  History Month, when our nation recognizes and honors the contributions of women.

Maestro Caters ,Bronx NY

Close to 300 people in attendance

On behalf of nearly 4500 employees of Healtfirst, who work each day to serve our nealy 1.4 million fellow New Yorkers who are our members. I hope that you enjoy this special evening.They each serve the community in different ways and in different roles.

African /American

Jeff Ross VP of Medicaid Community Engagement Lead for Healthfirst

Close to 400 People were in attendance mostly women from all backgrounds and profession’s, it was a great event honoring the above eleven honorees. Jeffrey Ross, Vice President of Medicaid Community Engagement lead for Healthfirst and Gaye Anderson , Manager Community Engagement for healthfirst , were co-emcee’s for the gala , both did an outstanding job.

Black Paper Owner From Harlem USA

Honoree Patricia Stevenson Owner of Harlem News Group with Friends and Family Members

About Healtfirst: Healthfirst was established in 1993 as a provider-sponsored health insurance company by a consortium of health systems in the New York area. We have since grown into one of the area’s largest health insurance companies, with more than 1.3 million members in downstate New York.

Latino Women From the Bronx

L-R Marlene Cintron of BOEDC with Jaun Tavarez of Healthfirst with Honoree Olga Luz Tirado

These members are served by 4,000-plus employees working in our headquarters in lower Manhattan, in operations centers in Florida, and in our community offices. Healthfirst’s commitment to quality and member satisfaction has helped us earn the top rating for HMO health plans in New York City.

Medgar Evers College Brooklyn NY

Honoree Saundra Johnson Director Medgar Evers Van Dyke Conerstone Program

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