Healthfirst Commemorated Women's History Month with A Tribute to Trailblazing Women

Leading Women Recognized at Annual Community Awards in the Bronx

Healthfirst Commemorated Women's History Month

BRONX, NY (April 14, 2017) – March is nationally recognized as Women’s History Month, which highlights the extraordinary contributions made by women throughout the nation. Healthfirst celebrated Women’s History Month with a stellar tribute to 11 trailblazing women at its second annual Women’s History Month Community Awards and Celebration on Thursday, March 30, at Maestro’s.

“We are proud to salute these women, who have made a positive and significant impact on the residents in the communities we serve,” said George Hulse, Healthfirst Vice President of Community Engagement. “Healthfirst is committed to promoting health equity, gender parity, and the celebration of women who are making a difference and creating a ripple effect of inspiration and effective change.”

For the second year in a row, Healthfirst hosted an awards ceremony to recognize leading women in the local community. This year’s distinguished honorees were City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo; CUNY Board of Trustees member and former City Council Member Dr. Una S.T. Clarke; New York State Senator Marisol Alcantara; Deputy State Comptroller for Diversity Management Nancy R. Hernandez; Lieutenant Lorraine Perez, NYPD Bronx Patrol Community Affairs; Renee Mehrra, President, Reenbow Media; Fianny S. Cabrera, speech-language pathologist; Dr. Ana R. Olivero, President, Ola Pediatrics; Dolly Williams, CEO & President, A. Williams Construction; Nydia Edgecombe, Director of Alumni Relations, Hostos Community College; Barbara Holmes, Resident Association President, NYCHA Morris Houses.

More than 450 guests filled the intricately decorated rooms, which buzzed with high energy as notable elected officials, journalists, and community stalwarts came together for a night of upliftment. Public Advocate Letitia James, City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, and Congressman Adriano Espaillat all delivered captivating speeches. Public Advocate James applauded Healthfirst’s mission to serve disadvantaged communities and families: “The feminization of poverty is real. We need to raise our voices. Women’s and children’s issues need to be in the forefront.”

The awards segment of the event had many motivational moments. Honoree Renee Mehrra reiterated, “Tonight is all about women power. Thank you, Healthfirst, for putting together such a tangible contribution and giving back to the community.” The night closed with a touching speech by Fianny Cabrera, who emphasized her passion for community empowerment, especially for women and youth. “We should embrace our uniqueness, and embrace the uniqueness of others,” stated Cabrera. This was a fitting end to an event amplifying service, success, and solidarity.

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About Healthfirst

Healthfirst is a provider-sponsored health insurance company that serves more than 1.2 million members in downstate New York. Healthfirst offers top-quality Medicaid, Medicare Advantage, Child Health Plus, and Managed Long Term Care plans. Healthfirst Leaf Qualified Health Plans and the Healthfirst Essential Plan are offered on NY State of Health, The Official Health Plan Marketplace. Beginning in 2017, Healthfirst is offering Healthfirst Pro and Pro Plus, Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) plans for small-business owners and their employees, and Healthfirst Total, an EPO for individuals.

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