Charmaine Ruddock, MS – Project Director
As the project director for Bronx Health REACH, Charmaine Ruddock is responsible for the day to day operations of the project, which includes overseeing community based prevention initiatives and public policy efforts. Since joining the Institute in 2000, Ms. Ruddock has worked with consultants, community groups, local government, and national organizations to implement Bronx Health REACH programs. She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the National REACH Coalition and is a member of the steering committee of the National Health Equality Coalition. Ms. Ruddock also sits on the Advisory Board of CUNY’s Lehman College MPH program and is a senior fellow at Hunter College’s Center for Health, Media, and Policy. In 2009, Ms. Ruddock was invited by CDC to present on the work of Bronx Health REACH at the World Health Organization Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Ruddock administered health care services to underserved communities for more than 10 years, and was involved in the design, development, and operation of managed care organizations serving communities in New York City, Long Island and Connecticut.
Emma Rodgers, MS – Senior Program Manager
As the Senior Program Manager at Bronx Health REACH, Emma Rodgers manages community-level efforts that increase access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for physical activity in the Bronx and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Her work includes developing, implementing and evaluating federal grants and serving as the liaison between coalition members, subcontractors, government agencies, community leaders, and residents. Prior to joining Bronx Health REACH, Ms. Rodgers was the Bronx Borough Organizer for NYC Smoke Free, implementing education and advocacy strategies to gain support for citywide tobacco control policy priorities, and the Associate Director of Planning at Buying at HN Media and Marketing, managing online, outdoor and print media buys for the NYC and NY State Departments of Health. Ms. Rodgers has a Master of Science in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.
Kelly Moltzen, MPH, RD – Program Manager
As Program Manager for the Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program, Kelly Moltzen provides leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of evidence-based policies, place-based strategies, and promising practices to increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable foods and opportunities for daily physical activity. She works with a broad array of stakeholders and serves as principal liaison to the New York State Department of Health. In addition to Kelly’s role as Program Manager for the Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program, she supervises 2 FoodCorps members, co-chairs Bronx Health REACH’s Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup, and assists in the development and evaluation of nutrition-related programs.
Emily Oppenheimer, MS – Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator for the Partnership for a Healthier Bronx, Emily Oppenheimer organizes and leads community-level efforts that promote healthy living and reduce chronic diseases among Bronx residents, especially in underserved areas. In collaboration with the Partnership for a Healthier NYC and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, she works with community and faith-based organizations, schools, residents, and community leaders from across the borough to increase opportunities for active living and healthy eating. In addition to Emily’s role as the Program Coordinator for the Partnership for a Healthier Bronx, she co-chairs Bronx Health REACH’s Nutrition and Fitness Workgroup.
Immaculada Moronta, MIM – Administrative Assistant
As the Administrative Assistant for Bronx Health REACH. Immaculada Moronta is responsible for organizing partner meetings and provides technical assistance to partners, community leaders and the faith-based organizations. Immaculada works with the community and faith-based organizations, residents, and community leaders and serves as the liaison to the Latino community.
Michael Johnson – Communications Associate
As the Communications Associate for Bronx Health REACH, Michael Johnson is responsible for all communications and marketing of the organization which includes all Bronx Health REACH’s social media channels and website, and securing media and press coverage of all initiatives. Michael also coordinates all communications and marketing efforts with Bronx Health REACH partners.
Joseph Ellis – Outreach Coordinator/Community Health Worker
As the Outreach Coordinator/Community Health Worker Joseph Ellis coordinates the Vegetable & Fruit Prescription Program at the Institute for Family Health’s Stevenson Family Health Center, Mt. Hope Family Practice, and Walton Family Health Center. He assists patients in making healthier decision regarding vegetables, fruits, and other healthy alternatives with walking tours to and from local supermarkets, bodegas and vegetable carts. Joseph also provides assistance in disseminating information on various health issues to the churches in the Bronx Health REACH Coalition.
Rachel Ingram – Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator
As the Nutrition and Physical Activity Coordinator, Rachel implements programs and activities related to increasing access to physical activity opportunities and environments with healthy food or beverage options in the Bronx. She is currently overseeing the Vegetable and Fruit Rx program at three health centers owned and operated by the Institute for Family Health.
Mubashir “Din” Mohi-ud-Din, MPH – Evaluator and Policy Analyst
As the Evaluator and Policy Analyst, Din is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Evaluation and Policy Analysis for Towards a Healthier Bronx (THB) initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Din works with the New York University evaluation consultants to oversee the design, development, and implementation of all evaluation activities for THB, which includes submissions to the IRB; presenting proposed research efforts to the Institute for Family Health’s Research Committee; the dissemination of findings to the community; and through peer-reviewed publications. Din is also responsible for analyzing the policies in support of the TBH program efforts; and for communicating the policies to community leaders and policy makers in local and state agencies.
Caroline Plott – FoodCorps Service Member
As a FoodCorps service member at PS 443 and PS 30 in the Bronx, Caroline Plott connects kids to healthy food in school through hands on experiences in the classroom and garden, taste tests, and helping teachers integrate healthy eating and gardening into their lessons. She also works to promote healthy options in the cafeteria and a school-wide culture of health. Through partnerships with educators, parents, and community members Caroline works to improve access to healthy food, and empower students with knowledge of what healthy food is and where it comes from.