NEW YORK, January 19, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — MetroPlusHealth, New York City affordable, high-quality health plan, launched its annual Lunar New Year celebrations to ring in the Year of the Rabbit, which begins on January 22. From January 14 to February 12the events will honor the city’s Asian and Asian American residents and provide festive and enjoyable experiences for residents and visitors of all ages.
New Yorkers are invited to visit one of MetroPlusHealth’s eight offices in the five boroughs to pick up free red envelopes, a traditional gift that symbolizes good wishes and luck for the coming year. Moreover, starting January 19the Flushing Community Office will display a 6-foot-tall gold rabbit statue for families to photograph and enjoy.
Residents can visit the following locations during regular business hours from now until 12 February collect red envelopes:
- Flushing Community Office – 136-13 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11367
- Jackson Heights Community Office – 92-14 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
- Bronx Community Office – 959 Southern Blvd, BronxNY 10451
- Brooklyn Community Office – 2221 Church Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11212
- Staten Island Community Office – 238A Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, New York 10302
- Queens Center Mall – 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst, NY 11373
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst – 79-01 Broadway, Queens, New York 11373
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Governor – 227 Madison St, Manhattan, New York 10002
During the month-long program, the city will be bustling with events ranging from family carnivals to cultural festivals and parades. Representatives from MetroPlusHealth will be on hand at these events to answer questions about accessing care and health insurance and enrolling residents in a plan for the new year.
“MetroPlusHealth has a proud history of serving the AAPI community, and we are thrilled to be part of the Lunar New Year festivities,” said Talia SchwartzMD, President and CEO of MetroPlusHealth. “The Year of the Rabbit symbolizes longevity, peace and prosperity, which we hope all New Yorkers will experience in the coming year. To those celebrating Lunar New Year, have a safe and wholesome celebration. .”
“On behalf of the 2.4 million inhabitants of queens“The World’s Borough”, I thank MetroPlusHealth for its many contributions to our city’s Lunar New Year festivities”, said Donovan Richards Jr.President of Borough of Queens. “MetroPlusHealth recognizes that the arrival of the Year of the Rabbit is an important occasion that deserves joyous celebrations. queens deeply appreciates MetroPlusHealth’s commitment to honoring the AAPI community through its special Lunar New Year programming. I hope everyone has a great time celebrating this wonderful holiday and a happy and prosperous year ahead.”
“MetroPlusHealth has a proactive history of providing culturally appropriate health care to New York City immigrant communities, including in my district, where MetroPlusHealth works to dispel the stigmas that create barriers to accessing health care in the AAPI community,” said Sandra Ungmember of the New York City Council for District 20. “One of the hallmarks of the Year of the Rabbit is longevity, so I can’t think of a better time to encourage Asian Americans to take control of their long-term health.”
According to a recent analysis by the Mayor of New York’s Office of Immigration Affairs (MOIA), the AAPI is the most vibrant and diverse racial group in the city, representing more than 30 different ethnic groups and speaking more than 50 languages.” Unfortunately, AAPI residents may face barriers to health care, especially when trying to access mental health services. MetroPlusHealth works to break down these barriers.
Culturally sensitive and fluent in over 40 languages, MetroPlusHealth’s staff is as diverse as the big city we serve. MetroPlusHealth is committed to making health care more affordable, affordable, modern and personalized only to meet the needs of communities in the five boroughs.
To learn more about MetroPlusHealth and its initiatives, visit http://www.metroplus.org. Watch our Lunar New Year greetings video here.
Since 1985, MetroPlusHealth helped people from New York City obtain quality health care at little or no cost. MetroPlusHealth is the plan of choice for more than 700,000 New Yorkers, and its commercial and government-sponsored plans meet the needs of individuals, families, and workforce. The MetroPlusHealth staff speak over 40 languages and are as diverse as the big city they serve. MetroPlusHealth is part of NYC Health + Hospitals, the nation’s largest public health system. For more information, visit metroplus.org. Join the conversation on social media at @metroplussanté.
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