We held a health fair in Moore Park in Elmhurst, Queens, on Wednesday August 17th.
Moore Park is our sort of 'anchor' park for reaching out to local community needs. It's located by Elmhurst Hospital, right in an ethnic mix of Asian-South Asian-Hispanic-Anglo peoples...and heaven knows who else, this community is so ethnically-diverse.
Some interesting history on Elmhurst:
(1) The village was established in 1652 by the Dutch as Middenburgh (Middleburgh) and was a suburb of New Amsterdam.
(2) Before World War II, Emhurst was mostly Italian and Jewish in ethnic makeup.
(3) The area around Moore Park where we do free health fairs has a large Asian shopping area with stores and restaurants from Chinese to Vietnamese to Malaysian to Indonesian, and Thai. On that Wednesday, we served between 50-60 people, some unregistered. In looking at our registration data, about 80% of those we served came from Asian/South Asian regions. This park is usually full on a hot summer day with people of Asian/South Asian backgrounds, and their kids looking to hang out in the recreation areas such as the water fountains turned into spraying fountains for kids to play.
(4) Moore Park was named after Clement Clarke Moore. While Moore was a prominent theologian in New York City at the General Theological Seminary, he is perhaps best known for another line of work...writing. Moore is the author of the Christmas poem many of you may have heard on Christmas Eve from your parents: 'A Visit from St. Nicholas', now more commonly known as 'Twas the Night before Christmas'.
Here's a sample of what people tell us when they have prayer needs:
"I don't think about God"..."I belong to a Hindu temple and all is good"..."I'm a Buddhist, but I'll take a blessing"..."My son is back in the Philippines and I want to be with him"..."Pray for my family and our problems with alcoholism".
People we come across also have work, health and family needs. Please remember to ask God to help us know how to serve these people well, and remind them that all isn't about what they need, it's also about who God is and what He has done to meet the needs they don't see, and that is, a provision for eternal life for those who receive him by faith: "He came to his own, and his own didn't receive Him. But to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, to them he gave the right to become them He gave the gift of eternal life." (John 1:11,12)
Posted: August 13
If you've thought it's 'hip to be square' (Huey Lewis and the News song), why not consider this 'square deal'...for a new hip'. Or do you need to 'take a knee'...and get a new knee?
A new program at Long Island Jewish Hospital in Valley Stream, NY (just across the Queens County/Nassau County line toward Long Island) can help you part with your old body parts, and get a new one...for free!
Through a national program called Operation Walk USA, LIJ at Valley Stream and two other Northwell Health facilities, Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan and Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, NY, are offering the orthopedic surgeries at no cost to up to six patients who meet the criteria.
Eligible candidates must be US citizens or legal residents, have no insurance, and be within 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, which equates to $72,900 for a family of four. Candidates must also be in need of primary total hip or knee replacement and living within an hour drive of LIJ Valley Stream. Surgeries, pre-operative clearances and post-operative care are all being offered at no cost to qualified patients.
“With Operation Walk USA, it gives us a chance to give back to our community,” says Dr.Giles R. Scuderi, MD, vice president of orthopedics for Northwell Health. “There are patients who are disabled by their arthritic knee or hip, who for financial reasons couldn’t get the benefit of a joint replacement and I want to make our services available to them. That’s why, with the help of my colleagues on the board and the founding members, we formed Operation Walk USA.”
Patients who have experienced such replacements see remarkable drops in pain levels, and significant changes in quality of life, such as giving up wheelchairs and returning to normal activities.
The screening process for potential candidates is going on now, with surgeries taking place during the first week of December 2016.
For more information and eligibility screening, call: Dr. Asha Jacob at 516-256-6181. Additional information can be found at the Operation Walk USA website: www.opwalkusa.com.
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