2009-05-20 / Features

Queens Health Coalition Hosts Forum On Health Care

City Councilmember David Weprin, chair of the council Finance Committee, urged members of the Queens Health Coalition to find ways "to do more with less in these troubled economic times". City Councilmember David Weprin, chair of the council Finance Committee, urged members of the Queens Health Coalition to find ways "to do more with less in these troubled economic times". The Queens Health Coalition (QHC) on May 11 held its annual membership meeting, attended by more than 60 healthcare providers and representatives of community based organizations throughout Queens. City Councilmember and council Finance Committee Chair David Weprin as keynote speaker urged the audience to develop innovative ways to streamline their operations and to cultivate partnerships that "help the non-profit do more with less in these troubled economic times".

Queens Health Coalition Executive Director Phyllis Shafran initiated a panel discussion by citing findings of the New York State Health Foundation: it has been projected that at least 100,000 non-profits nationwide will be forced to close their doors in the next two years as a result of the financial crisis. "Running a non-profit always has its challenges, but for us today, it's a constant grind of matching our desire to help with the dollars available to achieve," Shafran noted.

A panel of Queens Health Coalition Executive Board members gave advice on meeting the challenge of innovative ways to deal with the economic downturn. A panel of Queens Health Coalition Executive Board members gave advice on meeting the challenge of innovative ways to deal with the economic downturn. QHC Executive Board members Claudia Baldonedo, LaGuardia Community College Employment and Career Services program director; Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Chief Operating Officer Betty Cheng; Health Plus CEO Thomas Early; MIC @ Astoria A Program of Public Health Solutions Multi-Site Director Sarina Jean-Louis; Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Intergroup and Community Building Division CAUSENY Director Rabbi Robert Kaplan, and Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation Alzheimer Center Director Martha S. Wolf, experts in their respective fields, offered advice that ranged from the importance of being prepared with written proposals for economic recovery funds to the need for collaborating on projects. Dr. Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College, which hosted the event, thanked Weprin and the participants for their caring and commitment to health care.

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