About Us

We work to improve health & wellness outcomes in our community.

We provide access to the highest quality health and wellness care for people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, income levels, and life circumstances.
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Our Mission

At BCHN, we are committed to improving the health and well-being of our Bronx community. That means providing access to the highest quality health and wellness care for people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, income levels, and life circumstances.

Through our health care centers, our programs to encourage healthy lifestyles and prevent and manage chronic illnesses, and our outreach to families, teens, adults, and elders, we are creating a more equitable and community-centric model of care for all.

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With a mission to bring better, more accessible health care to the underserved Bronx, the nonprofit Bronx Community Health Network was founded in 1996.

Just a year later, we received our first federally qualified health center grant, partnering with Montefiore Health System and Promesa Systems, and soon expanded into HIV/AIDS care at ten Montefiore health centers, as well as opening the first of nine school-based health centers. Our network of centers has grown to 18 locations, serving approximately 100,000 patients annually.

In the early 2000’s, oral health and mental health programs were launched, along with our successful community health worker (CHW) program to reach people where they live. Our CHW team has blossomed year by year, and is among the most effective ways to connect our patients to care and to the support services they need. Our focus on parents and children, starting with prenatal care, began with our Healthy Family, Healthy Baby program. Later, our Healthy Start program, partnering with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, gave families the information and tools they need to succeed as a family.

From 2010 to 2018, BCHN launched programs for smoking cessation, and prevention or management of diabetes, asthma, and high blood pressure. We have responded to the opioid crisis through workshops on the use of naloxone to reverse an opioid overdose.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw BCHN in full response mode, providing nearly 7,000 antibody and diagnostics tests, and expanding safe and easy access to care through ramped up telehealth services. And we put our Outreach Van to work, partnering with Project Bravo food pantry to bring nourishment to those facing food insecurity.

Now BCHN is on a journey to further grow our network of quality health care for all. See our plans in our Growing Our Network of Care initiative.

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Our Team

Julie Boden Schmidt

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Edwards-Bandyopadhyay

Chief Financial Officer

Tashi Chodon, BSN, MPH

Chief Population Health Officer

Sandra Piggee, LCSW


Marjorie A. Cadogan, JD

Vice President

John Ruiz, BLA


Zahra Elmekkawy, MPH, MIA

Corporate Secretary

Victor Quarshie, BSC

Recording Secretary

Hamid Khalique, BSC

Board Member

Arthur G. Edwards, MPA

Board Member

Rachaele Raynoff, MPA

Board Member

Richard Thomas

Board Member

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