The Bronx Rising Initiative is an organization dedicated to providing and distributing critical resources across the Bronx in response to the COVID-19 pandemic's disproportionate impact on the borough. Founded in March of 2020 by Tomas Ramos and powered by the Oyate Group – a nonprofit organization with the mission to alleviate poverty by creating sustainable and holistic solutions that empower underserved communities all across New York City –the Bronx Rising Initiative works to create access to healthcare, alleviate hunger, invest in the growth of small businesses
and inspire youth to better themselves and their borough
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Bronx Rising Does Outreach
The New York Times spent a week with The Bronx Rising Initiative's Outreach Team going door-to-door informing seniors and essential workers and registering them to get vaccinated.
On March 20th, Ramos presented Bronx Care leadership with a check for $1,714,000 to propel their ICU expansion in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The funds will also allow the hospital to assign over a dozen full-time nurses and specialists to this new space. In addition to the check, BRI worked to get 10,000 N95 medical-grade breathing masks to help protect BCHS employees from exposure to the virus.
Saint Barnabas Hospital
Tomas Ramos met with leaders from St. Barnabas Hospital (SBH) to discuss how the facility could increase its ICU bed capacity. During the meeting, SBH laid out a plan that would more than double the department’s 26 beds, which would increase the Bronx’s overall ICU bed supply by 13% at a time when the borough’s residents need it most.
On Friday, March 13th, Tomas and the BRI team met with administrative leaders from the Morris Heights Health Center to present their organization with a check for $100,000. These funds are being provided so their organization can increase efforts to combat COVID-19.
Urban Health Plan
Tomas Ramos spoke with Paloma Hernandez, the President and CEO of Urban Health Plan, and presented her organization with a check for $100,000 to combat the COVID-19 outbreak locally. BRI also donated a few hundred N-95 medical-grade breathing masks to help protect Urban Health Plan’s employees from exposure to the virus.