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December 2016

 

Rockaway Community Health Plan - Workshop II

TIME: Thursday, December 8th, 5 PM- 7:30 PM (Rescheduled)
LOCATION: RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) is hosting a collaborative process with local residents, community members and stakeholders at Rockaway Institute for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) to develop an action plan for improving the health and wellbeing of the Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere communities. We invite community members to engage in this vital community planning process. Register below to rsvp for this community health planning workshop. 

BACKGROUND
In 2014 the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the nation's largest and oldest public health agencies, embarked on a multi-phased process aimed to mobilize communities to reach health improvement objective outlined in the Take Care New York 2020 Plan

Phase I identified priority issues in Far Rockaway, Arverne and Edgemere including unmet mental health needs, unmet medical needs, violence, baby-friendly hospitals, high school graduation rates, controlled high blood pressure, sugary drinks and smoking.

This Fall, RWA is leading the Phase II community engagement process with a diverse group of members and stakeholders to set the top healthy priorities and to develop a community health action plan.

The first workshop in this engagement process, participants established unmet mental health needs as the main priority for the Rockaway community, based on the fact that it seemed to be the one underlying issue that connected to all the health issues.

Join us on November 17th, to establish an action plan for addressing unmet mental health needs in the Rockaway community.

Healthy local food and refreshments will be served for participants. Advanced registration is recommended. 

The Rockaway Community Health Action Plan/TCNY Planning Partner grants were made possible through the generous support of the Population Health Improvement Program, established by the New York State Department of Health.


January 2017

 

Mental Health First Aid (1 of 2)

TIME: Saturday, January 28th, 11:00-3:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

One in five New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. These two 4-hour courses use role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This class is ideal for teachers, community members, and other laypeople who want to play a stronger role in helping their communities address unmet mental health need. 

There is a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants, so please RSVP ahead of time. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions on December 3rd and December 11th, 11am-3pm. 

For more information please visit DOHMH's Thrive NYC


February 2017

 

Mental Health First Aid (2 of 2)

TIME: Saturday, February 4th, 11:00am-3:00pm 
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

One in five New Yorkers experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. These two 4-hour courses use role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses, like anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental Health First Aid is included on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This class is ideal for teachers, community members, and other laypeople who want to play a stronger role in helping their communities address unmet mental health need. 

There is a minimum of 15 and maximum of 30 participants, so please RSVP ahead of time. Participants are required to attend both Saturday sessions on December 3rd and December 11th, 11am-3pm. 

For more information please visit DOHMH's Thrive NYC


March 2017

 

Beach Shrub Planting

TIME: Sunday, March 26th, 11:00-1:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting native shrubs to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.


April 2017

 

Beachgrass Planting

TIME: Sunday, April 9th, 11:00-1:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.


May 2017

 

11th Annual Earth Day Rockaway

TIME: Saturday, May 6th, 12:00-4:00pm
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come out and enjoy a day of fun by the Rockaway beach with free activities and programs for families and kids of all ages.

This year's event will include: Live music and food along with activities like kite-making, recycling Olympics, mock dolphin rescue, plantings, composting, face painting, water testing, raptor demonstration, firehouse safety obstacle course, and art-related booths to learn how to appreciate and conserve the earth's resources.

All activities are free and intended to raise awareness of the natural resources along the Rockaway shoreline. 

Organizations interested in participating in tabling at this event are encouraged to contact Judah Asimov at: jasimov@rwalliance.org.


 

Jane Jacob Rockaway Bike Tour

TIME: Saturday, May 13th 11 AM-1 PM

LOCATION: RISE Center- Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

This year marks the 101st year anniversary of the birth of urban activist and urban renewal opponent Jane Jacobs. To celebrate this anniversary, the Municipal Arts Society is coordinating events that embody Jacobs's legacy by getting people outside and exploring New York City with one another.

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance  for a biking tour of the Rockaways. 

We will meet at the RISE Center and explore some of the local neighborhood of Far Rockaway, and Arverne to meet local neighbors and explore the coastal community.

Adults and children alike are welcome to participate. People must bring their own bikes. 


June 2017

Unveiling of Rockaway Field Guide Murals

TIME: Saturday, June 24th, 11-1PM
LOCATION: RISE Center

Join us for unveiling of Rockaway Field Guide Murals by Artists: Jonathan Chesley, Alexandria Donati, and Andrea Parker for Rockaway Field Guide


July 2017

 

Community Stewardship Clean Up & Jamaica Bay Paddle

TIME: Sunday, July 15th, 11 AM-1:00 PM 

LOCATION: Meet at RISE Center; 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692

Public Transit Directions: Take A train (Far Rockaway) to Beach 59th St station. 

Come join RWA and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for a community volunteer day to put the final touches on cleaning up an overgrown trail along Jamaica Bay and host a celebratory paddle for volunteers afterwards.

Local residents and families are welcome to participate in this stewardship event.

Registration is not required.

There will be a limited number of kayaks for the public to use at no cost. Kayaks will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis to those who participate in the clean up. Participants are required to sign waiver on the day of the event. Children under 16 must have a parent present to sign their waiver. 


September 2017

 

Dune Planting

TIME: Sunday, September 24th,11 AM - 1 PM

LOCATION: Meet at RISE Center, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.

Special thanks to Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


 

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