Bedford Health Center

Location: 485 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221

The Bedford Health Center coordinates and hosts a variety of programs and activities focused on the health and wellness of Bedford-Stuyvesant residents. Our partners also offer both primary care and social services, such as assistance with insurance enrollment and SNAP.

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Workshops and Programs

Mental Health First Aid Training

The Mental Health First Aid education program teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises. This eight-hour in-person course uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect people to the appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care. After completion of the course, participants will receive a three-year certification in Mental Health First Aid.

Naloxone Training

Naloxone trainings teach how to recognize and reverse an opioid overdose. Participants will become an Opioid Overdose Responder and receive an overdose response kit with naloxone, a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose and restores breathing.

  • If you are a local business or community-based organization and would like to host a training for your staff and/or clients, contact Aqsa Shahbaz: or 718-637-5271.

Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Class

We offer a free diabetes self-management education support program in collaboration with local partners. Classes are two hours long and are offered on a weekly basis. Classes run five or six weeks. People who complete five classes receive a free Fit Bit while supplies last.

  • Next in-person session: Thursday, March 21 to Thursday, April 25
    • Spanish: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • English: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Next virtual session (English only): Thursday, March 14 to Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Register for the class series. You can also sign up to receive updates for when new classes are scheduled.
  • For more information or questions, contact Tanisha Herrera-Pearce at 718-637-5226 or email

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

This six-week virtual workshop supports those with hypertension or at risk to learn how to manage symptoms and medications, eat healthy and create an exercise program.

  • Classes are on Tuesdays, beginning January 23
  • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • For more information, contact Aqsa Shahbaz at 718-637-5271 or email

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Fresh Food Fridays Farmers Market

The Campaign Against Hunger will be outside of our office with their Fresh Vibes Truck filled with fresh fruits and vegetables for the community to purchase using Health Bucks, SNAP benefits and cash.

  • Second and fourth Friday of each month
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • For more information or questions, contacy Concessa Joseph at 718-637-5317 or email

Soca Sweat Dance Fitness with Sherry

This dance fitness class provides you with a fun full-body workout. Soca Sweat will invigorate and refresh the mind, body and soul.

  • Every Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
  • For more information or questions, contacy Concessa Joseph at 718-637-5317 or email

Hatha Yoga

Immerse yourself in hatha yoga, a class suitable for everyone. Dive into a medium-intensity session that focuses on the fundamentals of posture and precision, promoting ease of movement both in and outside of the class. All levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat.

  • Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chair Yoga

Practice a gentle form of yoga, done while seated or using a chair for balance. Classes are scheduled in alignment with our Fresh Food Fridays Farmers Market.

  • Every second and fourth Friday of the month, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • For more information or questions, contacy Concessa Joseph at 718-637-5317 or email

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Additional Services

The following services are provided by partnering organizations within the Bedford Health Center:

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Bedford

NYC Health + Hospitals provides high quality and affordable health care services to every member of your family. Primary care teams are specially trained to help you manage ongoing conditions, such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes, as well as access preventive care, such as annual check-ups and immunizations. They also provide confidential sexual and reproductive care for adolescents 13-21 years old.

  • To make an appointment, call NYC Health + Hospitals at 844-692-4692.
  • Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Health Insurance Services

Health insurance counselors can explain your health insurance and care options regardless of your immigration status, help you and your family enroll in or renew health insurance, find out if you qualify for financial help to pay for a low-cost private health insurance plan, and assist with applying for SNAP benefits.

  • For more information or to schedule an enrollment appointment, call 718-637-5363.
  • Walk-ins are also welcome on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor.

Nurse-Family Partnership

The Nurse-Family Partnership is an evidence-based nurse home visiting program for low-income first-time mothers. Nurses support mothers to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, become knowledgeable and nurturing parents, achieve education and employment goals and provide their children with the best possible start in life.

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