Planned Parenthood cuts ribbon on first Queens health center in LIC


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Photos by Ryan Brown for Planned Parenthood of New York City

Long Island City is now home to a new health center bringing affordable services to the growing population of Queens.

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Queens Centers for Progress celebrates 65 years in the community


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Photo courtesy QCP

From their humble beginnings operating out of the basement of a wood-framed house in Queens 65 years ago to now servicing over 1,500 people at several different facilities, the Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) has grown to become a leader in helping people with developmental disabilities.

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Queens doctors charged in multimillion-dollar Brooklyn Medicaid fraud ring


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Several Queens medical practitioners were among 23 people indicted in Brooklyn for allegedly scamming the Medicaid system out of nearly $7 million and offering free sneakers to low-income and homeless people in exchange for undergoing unnecessary medical tests and treatments, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced Tuesday.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger surprises Howard Beach fitness consulting couple


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Photo courtesy Jack and Corrine Wlody

A fitness consulting couple from Howard Beach were especially pumped up when they were honored at a recent fitness convention in Ohio, as they got a chance to meet the Terminator.

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‘Healthy Living’ curriculum at some Queens schools teaches students smarter nutritional choices


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Youth tennis and education organization New York Junior Tennis & Learning (NYJTL) and wellness company EmblemHealth have come together to build and launch a “Healthy Living” curriculum at 18 city schools to help students make smarter, more nutritional food choices.

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Program at Elmhurst Hospital aimed at helping survivors of torture, persecution


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Photo courtesy of Elmhurst Hospital Center

Elmhurst Hospital has become a safe haven for survivors of torture and persecution, through a nonprofit organization looking to help them heal and move forward in life.

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Mother of Avonte Oquendo invited to President Obama’s State of the Union address


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Photo courtesy of Senator Charles Schumer's Office

When President Obama delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress, Avonte Oquendo’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, will be watching from the gallery of the House of Representatives as a guest of Sen. Charles Schumer.

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Queens hookah bars caught putting tobacco in water pipes face closure


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Following an undercover investigation, the Health Department announced it found 13 hookah bars in the city, including four in Queens, selling substances containing tobacco to their patrons, violating the city’s Smoke-Free Air Act.

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Jackson Heights primary care program aimed at low-income, immigrant women


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Photos courtesy of Grameen PrimaCare

Grameen PrimaCare, a New York City-based organization looking to provide high-quality, affordable and comprehensive access to healthcare, opened its first primary care and health promotion program in Jackson Heights at 82-11 37th Ave. this past September.

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Nick Cannon visits Bayside children’s hospital for fundraiser


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

Nick Cannon is giving St. Mary’s Hospital a dose of talent. The comedian and host of “America’s Got Talent” recently became a board member of the children’s hospital and on Thursday he stopped by the Bayside facility to kick off a fundraiser.

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Elmhurst Hospital pediatric patients to get Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Children who are currently patients in the pediatric center at the hospital located at 79-01 Broadway, as well as the patients’ families, will soon be given the option to enroll in the organization Wholesome Wave’s Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

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