Saturday, March 7, the Renaissance Health Care Network and Harlem Hospital community advisory boards held their Joint Legislative Breakfast at Harlem Hospital Center.
The event was co-chaired by Renaissance Health Care Network CAB Vice Chair Ruth Clark and Harlem Hospital Center Second Vice Chair Melvin Christian. Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright was the keynote speaker, with remarks from Elsie McCabe Thompson, president of NYC Mission Society, and Senior Vice Presidents Denise C. Soares and LaRay Brown.
The following political leaders were in attendance: Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Councilwomen Inez Dickens, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. The following officers from Gotham Health were in attendance: CEO Dr. Walid Michelen, COO Anita Hill, Board Chair Dr. Dorothy McCray, Board Vice Chair Elissa Macklin and Denisha Johnson-Williams, who is also a member of the Renaissance Health Care Network CAB. Senior Director, HHC President’s Office of Special Projects Erik Cliette was in attendance, and from Assemblyman Keith Wright’s office, Chief of Staff Jeanine Johnson and Senior Manager Maurice A. Cummings were in attendance.
The invocation was given by Imam Abdullah, Harlem Hospital Muslim chaplain, with whom a delegation of Muslim leaders was in attendance.
Bette White, chair of Harlem Hospital Center CAB, and Jackie Rowe-Adams, chair of the Renaissance Health Care Network CAB, said this year’s theme was “Intergenerational Health Care: A 21st Century Model.” The process of aging means different health services varies significantly by age. The association between age and health care raises a number of issues related to intergenerational complications, including social resources across age groups and health-cost increase in the public sector.