Dr. Jane Bedell Receives 2018 Sloan Award, the "Nobel Prize of City Government"

Bedell is the Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director of the Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center

The Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center offers coordinated health and social services, as well as community programs, all under one roof

June 7, 2018 — The Health Department today recognized Dr. Jane Bedell, Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director of the Center for Health Equity’s Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center, for receiving the Fund for the City of New York’s Sloan Public Service Award. The award is given annually to six outstanding civil servants whose work performance and commitment to public service has been deemed extraordinary. Dr. Bedell, a Health Department employee of 15 years and longtime Bronx resident, is known as the “Bronx’s doctor.” She collaborates with local organizations such as schools, hospitals, and state and federal agencies, as well as parents, community leaders and residents to address significant community health issues. She also directs a staff of public health educators, epidemiologists and health promoters at the Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center.

Since Dr. Bedell started working at the Bronx Health Action Center, NYC Teens Connection, a program which started in the Bronx to give adolescents access to quality reproductive health services and sexual health education, has expanded to over 140 schools and 84 clinics citywide. She was responsible for bringing “Undesign the Redline” – an interactive exhibit about racist housing policies of the past and the connection to health disparities of the present – to the Action Center. Also under her leadership, the Health Department joined and supported the #Not62 Campaign for a Healthy Bronx, an initiative that aims to improve the overall health of Bronx residents.

“I am proud of Dr. Bedell’s outstanding work and her dedication to public service,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “She has promoted health equity across the Bronx, and her leadership at the Neighborhood Action Center has been recognized by elected officials, community leaders, and by the Bronx residents who use the Center every day.”

“I am honored to have received this prestigious award. The work that I do is democracy in action with public health and community engagement embedded in the neighborhoods of this city,” said Dr. Jane Bedell, Assistant Commissioner and Medical Director of the Center for Health Equity’s Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center. “Being a public servant gives me an opportunity to make a difference in my city and to save lives. I want to thank my amazing colleagues at The Department of Health for their support and The Fund for the City of New York for this recognition.”

Dr. Bedell received her medical degree from SUNY-Downstate in Brooklyn and was trained in internal medicine at the Montefiore Medical Center Residency Program in Social Medicine. She also completed training in HIV/AIDS primary care at the New York State Department of Health, as well as Yale University’s Public Health Program. She has worked as a primary care physician, a medical director of clinical services, and a physician-teacher.

About the Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center
The Bronx Neighborhood Health Action Center offers coordinated health and social services, as well as community programs, all under one roof. It also provides a hub for Bronx community members to become involved in efforts to improve the health of their neighborhoods. Current projects include: nutrition and physical education at Bronx elementary schools; the NYC Teens Connection; and a collaboration with local organizations to decrease sugary drink consumption.

About the Center for Health Equity
The Center for Health Equity (CHE) works toward a fair and healthy New York where all residents – regardless of their zip code – have the opportunity to lead their healthiest lives. As a division of the Health Department, CHE strengthens the agency’s goal to eliminate health inequities for residents in neighborhoods impacted by racism and long-term disinvestment by organizations and institutions. CHE uses data and storytelling to highlight injustices, influence policy, and implement neighborhood-based strategies to foster health.

CHE’s Health Action Centers work to address the root causes of health inequities in East Harlem, the South Bronx, and Central and East Brooklyn. The Action Centers have partnerships with medical practices, community organizations and residents, as well as other City agencies to improve conditions for New York City residents and eliminate the systemic causes of health inequities, or unfair and unjust differences in health outcomes.

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