Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

The Serrano Report - Volume XII, Issue #25

Nov 6, 2015
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Receives the ‘Champion of Healthcare Innovation’ Award

On Tuesday, Congressman Serrano was presented with the ‘Champion of Healthcare Innovation’ award by the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC). HLC honored the Congressman at their annual Healthcare Innovation Expo for his work and support of medical advancements that are patient-centered. The expo showcased the latest innovations in medical technology from leading healthcare companies.

“I am honored to receive this recognition for my work in support of making advancements in the healthcare industry through the use of technology and research," said Congressman Serrano.  "All patients deserve to receive the highest quality in care and innovation is key to ensure the health care industry delivering the best health care possible. I was excited to see the advancements in the medical industry the Healthcare Leadership Council and their members are making, and glad to learn of the positive impact they are already having all throughout the nation.”



Congressman Serrano Receives the Award


In the Bronx

Congressman Serrano Joins Bronx Congressional Delegation to Celebrate RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Last week, all four members of the congressional delegation representing the Bronx, Reps. Charles B. Rangel (NY-13), Joe Crowley (NY-14), Eliot Engel (NY-16), and José E. Serrano (NY-15) congratulated the Bronx for being one of the eight winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2015 RWJF Culture of Health Prize.  The prize, is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country.

“As the longtime champion of efforts to promote a cleaner and healthier environment and expanding access to healthcare in my district and the rest of the Bronx, I believe that there are few things as important to good quality of life than having good health," said Congressman Serrano. "The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2015 Culture of Health Prize Award is a recognition of everything we have done in the Bronx to promote healthier lives, and local community groups and individuals deserve a special acknowledgement for all their efforts. While we have much more to do to ensure the health and safety in the Bronx, this $25,000 prize will allow our community to build on everything we have already achieved.”

The awards were announced today at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s headquarters in Princeton, NJ.  Representatives from the Bronx were on hand to accept the award from RWJF President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize winners excelled in six criteria:

• Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
• Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented, long-term solutions.
• Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
• Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
• Securing and making the most of available resources.
• Measuring and sharing progress and results.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually.  Communities throughout New York may learn more and apply for the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize at




Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP)

Closing Date for Applications: Jan 4, 2016   Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.

Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban Development   

Description: On any given day, approximately 60,000 youth are confined in juvenile detention and correctional facilities and hundreds of thousands more are on probation. This system contact can have a significant impact on adolescents lives and their prospects for long-term success in adulthood in obtaining academic degrees, finding work, and securing housing. Collateral consequences (including the lack of records expungement) for juveniles who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system can hinder the ability of young people to integrate into their communities and become successful, thriving adults and increase their chances of recidivism. Barriers to housing, education, employment, health care, and insurance as well as serious immigration consequences and financial repercussions are chief among the tangible consequences. Social, emotional and psychological consequences such as trauma, and a sense of shame and humiliation, are also of great concern. Having a juvenile conviction on your record keeps individuals from fully realizing their potential. This notice announces the availability of approximately $1.75 million for the Juvenile Re-entry Assistance Program (JRAP) to support successful transition to the community by reducing barriers to public housing, employment, and/or educational opportunities. This NOFA provides funding for Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) who have established a partnership with a legal aid organization, university legal center, public defender's office, or other legal service organization that is a non-profit and has experience providing legal services to juveniles (including expungement and/or sealing the juvenile and/or adult criminal records) for 1) current public housing resident youth up to 24 years old who have a criminal record and/or 2) former household members (who are youth up to 24 years old) of current public housing residents who, but for their criminal record, would be living in public housing.

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Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:, Grants Policy