MetroPlusHealth Rings in Year of the Rabbit with Lunar New Year Celebrations Across New York City – QNS.com

MetroPlusHealth, New York’s upscale, affordable health plan, has launched its annual Lunar New Year celebrations to herald the Year of the Rabbit, which begins January 22nd. From January 14th to February 12th, the events will honor the city’s Asian and Asian American residents, offering festive and fun experiences for residents and visitors of all ages.

New Yorkers are invited to visit any of the eight MetroPlusHealth offices in the five boroughs to pick up complimentary red envelopes, a traditional gift symbolizing well wishes and happiness for the year ahead. In addition, beginning January 19, the Flushing Community Office will be displaying a 6-foot-tall golden bunny statue for families to photograph and enjoy.

Residents can visit the following locations during regular business hours from now through February 12 to pick up red envelopes:

MetroPlusHealth locations

  • Flushing Community Office – 136-13 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY 11367
  • Jackson Heights Parish Office – 92-14 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
  • Bronx Community Office – 959 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10451
  • Brooklyn Community Office – 2221 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212
  • Staten Island Parish Office – 238A Port Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

Additional Locations

  • Queens Center Mall – 90-15 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst, NY 11373
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst -79-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
  • NYC Health + Hospitals/Governor –227 Madison St, Manhattan, NY 10002

During the month-long program, the city comes alive with events ranging from family carnivals to cultural festivals and parades. MetroPlusHealth representatives will be on site during these events to answer questions about access to care and health insurance, and to enroll residents in a plan for the New Year.

“MetroPlusHealth has a proud history of serving the AAPI community, and we are thrilled to be a part of the Lunar New Year celebrations,” said Talya Schwartz, MD, 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 the Lunar New Year, a safe and healthy celebration.”

“On behalf of Queens’ 2.4 million residents, ‘The World’s Borough,’ I thank MetroPlusHealth for their many contributions to our city’s Lunar New Year celebrations,” said Donovan Richards Jr., Queens Borough President. “MetroPlusHealth recognizes that the arrival of the ‘Year of the Rabbit’ is an important occasion that warrants joyous celebration. Queens deeply appreciates MetroPlusHealth’s commitment to honoring the AAPI community through its special programming in celebration of the Lunar New Year. I hope everyone has fun celebrating this wonderful holiday and has a happy and prosperous year ahead.”

“MetroPlusHealth has a proactive history of providing culturally competent health care to immigrant communities in New York City, including in my district where MetroPlusHealth has worked to remove stigmas that create barriers to accessing health care in the AAPI community,” said Sandra Ung, New York City Councilor 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 NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), AAPI is the fastest growing and most diverse racial group in the city, representing more than 30 different ethnic groups and speaking more than 50 languages.” Unfortunately, AAPI residents can encounter obstacles for health care, particularly when trying to access mental health services. MetroPlusHealth is working to break down these barriers.

MetroPlusHealth employees are culturally sensitive and fluent in more than 40 languages. They are as diverse as the great city in which we operate. MetroPlusHealth is committed to making healthcare more affordable, affordable, modern and personalized to meet the needs of communities across the five boroughs.

To learn more about MetroPlusHealth and its initiatives, visit www.metroplus.org. Watch our Lunar New Year Greeting video here.

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