Before we sail into 2023, we look back at the highlights of 2022.
It’s been said that we should celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings. In this new year as we are forming our resolutions for 2023, we also look to the stories and events of 2022 that helped us grow as an organization, spread our wings and expand our services.
Healthy eating on the go. Nutrition has always been part of The Floating Hospital’s education tool kit and with our new Chef Maria Loi and Loukoumi Make a Difference Foundation Teaching Kitchen, we are building great programming to help families eat healthy no matter where they live. The kitchen hosts hands-on demonstrations of food preparation and taste tests for the whole family. “Kids are important because that’s the age when they develop eating habits: The healthier they eat as children, the more likely they’ll maintain that as adults,” says Dr. Meghan Miller, director of health education.
Health equity is in our DNA. The pandemic revealed the scale of health inequities suffered by communities of color and opened up numerous conversations about how The Floating Hospital works to close these gaps with its long-time focus on medically underserved New Yorkers. The conditions of poverty, “created the most vulnerable class of Covid victims and sufferers. They helped create a disparate infection rate and severity rate among Covid patients,” said Sean T. Granahan, president and general counsel for the clinic. “Health education and helping families outside of the normal healthcare model is critical to dealing with public health issues like the pandemic.”