It all began in the early 1970’s when a group of four women known as the “Founding Mothers”, Rev. Jeannette Phillips, Willie Mae Jackson, Mary Woods and Pearl Woods spearheaded efforts to address the lack of accessible and affordable health care services in Peekskill, NY. With a small federal grant the Peekskill Area Ambulatory Health Center was able to open its doors in 1975 with all four Founding Mothers continuing to be tireless supporters, devoting countless hours of dedicated service to the cause. In the 40 years since then, the Health Center, now known as “HRHCare” Community Health, has grown into a network of 26 Federally Qualified Health Centers serving 10 counties of the Hudson Valley and Long Island.
Presently, Reverend Jeannette Phillips serves as the Executive vice-President of Community Development. A woman of wisdom and warmth, Reverend Phillips was ordained a Deacon and then an Elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Her exceptional commitment to her community is reflected in her outreach, ministry and participation in countless community-based organizations. Her tireless work with community youth, both through “HRHCare” and her church, has been to encourage positive behavior, spiritual growth and self-esteem. Reverend Phillips will accept the Award for “HRHCare” tonight.
One to One Learning is directly connected to the Health Care Centers in Haverstraw, Spring Valley and the soon to be opened center in Nyack through the efforts of Adriana Bernal, Community Care Coordinator of “HRHCare”. For over ten years, Ms Bernal has been providing workshops on Health and Fitness education to students of One to One Learning. This has been part of our mini-course series provided for students prior to English evening classes from 7 to 8 PM. Students have received information on healthy eating habits, preparation of healthy foods, disease prevention for diabetes, flu, high blood pressure, and HIV, and participation in exercise programs such as walking and Zumba. During classes, Ms Bernal has provided blood pressure screening and follow-up appointments at one of the centers for students at risk.
One to One Learning proudly honors “HRHCare” with the 2016 Humanitarian Award for continuing the dream of the Four Founding Mothers, being faithful to the mission of providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care for the community, especially for the underserved and vulnerable, and in particular for touching the lives of many students of One to One Learning.