GetCoveredNYC & NYC Care Healthcare Week of Action

GetCoveredNYC & NYC Care Healthcare Week of Action

Two CUNY interns wearing PEU T-shirts talk to a woman wearing a hat about a flyer she was given.

The Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) and NYC Health + Hospitals hosted a "Healthcare Week of Action" to connect New Yorkers across the five boroughs to NYC Care and GetCoveredNYC and to encourage them to access healthcare.

NYC Care is the city healthcare access program for those who aren't eligible or can't afford health insurance. GetCoveredNYC offers New Yorkers free assistance to enroll in health coverage.

The Week of Action was supported by PEU's GetCoveredNYC Specialists, CUNY interns, and NYC Care's community-based organization partners. The NYC Care partners helped schedule on-site appointments with NYC Care specialists, encouraging eligible New Yorkers to take the first step toward making primary care appointments. The outreach events were held in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens, with a culminating event at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst. In New York City, healthcare is a human right regardless of immigration status or income.

A group of CUNY interns gathered together outside with the Mayor's Public Engagement unit staff, all wearing PEU T-shirts.

This "Healthcare Week of Action" ended with a closeout event at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst featuring health screenings and COVID-19 testing, and additional resources from NYC Care, GetCoveredNYC, MetroPlusHealth, the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and other partners. Queens was selected for the closeout event as it is the borough with the highest number of NYC Care members, as well as the highest number of eligible enrollees. The speaking program featured Mayor Eric Adams, Executive Director of PEU Adrienne Lever, Executive Director of NYC Care Dr. Jonathan Jiménez, Elmhurst Hospital CEO Helen Arteaga, PEU GetCoveredNYC Specialist Tania Navas, and local elected officials, Councilman Moya and Councilwoman Schulman. The speakers reinforced the message that healthcare is a human right, and that the wellbeing of New York City depends on the wellbeing of all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

Read the press release

Watch the Event

Transcript available here.

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Connect with free one-on-one support with a GetCoveredNYC Specialist who can walk you through the enrollment process and make sure you get the help you need:

  1. Complete the contact form
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