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EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians Keep New Yorkers Healthy for the Holidays

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EmblemHealth and AdvantageCare Physicians Keep New Yorkers Healthy for the Holidays

Enterprise employees and volunteers give the gift of health and wellness resources at joy-filled community celebrations throughout the 2022 holiday season



EmblemHealth Public Relations Office | Email: press@emblemhealth.com

Olivia Frasca | Email: ofrasca@emblemhealth.com

Residents, families, and children come together for toy giveaways and health and wellness screenings at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care and AdvantageCare Physicians’ Winter Carnival in Jackson Heights, Queens. (Source: EmblemHealth)

New York, NY – EmblemHealth, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, kept with the spirit of staying healthy for the holidays by promoting healthy behaviors and spreading cheer through several community engagement events across the New York metropolitan area in partnership with City and State leaders and community stakeholders.

“The end of the year is a great time for family, friends, and reflection. We use this time to remember the past year and set the course for the year to come,” said Beth Leonard, EmblemHealth’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer. “It is in the same spirit we reflect on our commitment to the health of the communities we serve, with the support of our government leaders, and look ahead to how we will build upon our mission to create healthier futures in 2023.”

New Yorkers of all ages received holiday essentials, including fresh food, a variety of wellness and dental screenings, member services, and toys from Santa’s Toy Shop. Through our enterprise-wide Be Human initiative, employees participated in community engagement projects, donating over 5,000 toys to the Toys for Tots chapters in both New York and Connecticut during the holiday season. EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care (EHNC) staff, employee donations, and the time and efforts of generous volunteers across the enterprise helped to provide a total of 6,200 toys to 30 community events across the New York metropolitan area.

2022 holiday highlights:

November Events

  • In an ongoing effort to strengthen diabetes education awareness and prevention on World Diabetes Day, EmblemHealth joined forces with advocacy groups and community leaders to host a Managing and Preventing Diabetes — An Educational Webinar. The webinar was open to the public and featured physician experts from primary and specialty care practice AdvantageCare Physicians (ACPNY) and EmblemHealth answering frequently asked questions and concerns about Diabetes, including symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and more.
  • EmblemHealth partnered once again with The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH), elected officials, and other community organizations to distribute 1,000 turkeys, 5,500 EmblemHealth totes, fresh produce, and groceries ahead of Thanksgiving in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

December Events

  • Jackson Heights, Clove Road, Flushing, and Harlem EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care Holiday Wonderland
  • NYPD Community Affairs Holiday Giveaway serving 1,000+ migrant children at Con Sofrito in the Bronx
  • Holiday Giveaway at NYPD Police Service Area 7’s “The Cops that Saved Christmas” annual event
  • Winter Wonderland with NYS Assemblymember Latrice Walker (D-55)
  • Toy Distribution with NYS Senator Kevin Parker (D-21)
  • Holiday Event with NYC Councilmember Darlene Mealy (D-41)
  • Toy Giveaway with NYC Councilmember Nantasha Williams (D-27)
  • Holiday Celebration at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association
  • Christmas on Noble Avenue with the Bharati Foundation
  • Toy Giveaway at the Brooklyn Museum

Check out photos from some of EmblemHealth’s Healthy for the Holidays events below:

EmblemHealth family of companies CEO Karen Ignagni and employees sort toys ahead of December’s Healthy for the Holidays toy giveaways. (Source: Vincent Villafane)

Members of the New York City Police Department Jazz Band perform for the crowds at “The Cops That Saved Christmas” annual event at Police Service Area 7 in the Bronx. (Source: EmblemHealth)

EmblemHealth Holiday Helpers give out tote bags and toys and spread holiday cheer to children with the New York City Police Department’s “The Cops That Saved Christmas” annual event at Police Service Area 7 in the Bronx. (Source: EmblemHealth)

Children and families gather to receive toys and lunch, listen to music, and greet Santa at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and EmblemHealth’s Winter Wonderland at Con Sofrito in the Bronx. (Source: EmblemHealth)

About EmblemHealth

EmblemHealth is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health insurers, with 3.2 million members and an 80-year legacy of serving New York’s communities. The company offers a full range of commercial and government-sponsored health plans to employers, individuals, and families, as well as convenient community resources. As a market leader in value-based care, EmblemHealth partners with top doctors and hospitals to deliver quality, affordable care. For more information, visit emblemhealth.com


About AdvantageCare Physicians

AdvantageCare Physicians, one of the largest primary and specialty care practices in the New York area, provides quality, personalized care that is focused on the whole patient. With more than 40 medical offices across the five boroughs and Long Island, serving more than half a million patients. AdvantageCare Physicians takes a team-based approach to care where physicians work with nurses, social workers, nutritionists, behavioral health specialists and other professionals. Visit acpny.com to learn more.


About EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care

With 14 locations across New York City and Long Island, EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care provides in-person and virtual customer support, access to local resources, and free programs to support community health and wellness. Each Neighborhood Care location features Customer Care Navigators who live in the communities they serve, ensuring that they can help customers navigate barriers to health in a personalized way. For more information, call 800-447-0752 or visit emblemhealth.com/neighborhood.

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