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Here is a great example of a celebrity leveraging their profile and passions to help communities. Public health professionals can have multiple roles in these types of programs, from management and evaluation to communications and health care delivery.

Jennifer and Lynda Lopez visit Montefiore to launch the Center for a Healthy Childhood

BRONX, NY (June 1, 2014)

Jennifer and Lynda Lopez, co-founders of the Lopez Family Foundation, and Montefiore Health System today launched the Center for a Healthy Childhood at Montefiore’s Community Health Fair. The new initiative between the Lopez Family Foundation and Montefiore aims to promote healthy living through community health programming, positive messages to raise children’s self-image and a healthy environment so every woman, child and family can achieve their full potential….

“We are proud to partner with Jennifer, Lynda and the entire Lopez Family Foundation to make a positive impact on the lives and futures of families in the Bronx,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO, Montefiore. “Montefiore’s work with the Lopez Family Foundation will begin by improving vital education, understanding and access to healthy eating and exercise. It is only through partnerships like this that we can ensure every child has a healthy and nurturing childhood to achieve their full potential. ”

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(credit: Montefiore website)

“We love having the opportunity to offer resources that mothers, children and families in the Bronx need for better access to healthcare, health information and health education,” said Lynda Lopez. “The Lopez Family Foundation is passionate about the health and well-being of mothers and children, and we’re excited the Center for a Healthy Childhood will go deep into the community to provide needed support – whether it’s to educate about childhood nutrition, physical activity, emotional and intellectual engagement on health, or healthy pregnancies and motherhood.”

The Center will serve Montefiore patients and their families, as well as the tens of thousands of children and families in the Bronx and beyond reached through partnerships with the New York City Department of Education, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other health and social service providers.

Copied from the Lopez Family Foundation’s website. See the event announcement for the full post.

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