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Toast to the Children 2019 Preview

Announcing our 2019 Children's Champion honorees


In honor of seven decades of serving New York City's children and their families, Children of Bellevue is proud to honor as this year's Children's Champions Dave A. Chokshi, MD, Armando Lucas Correa, and John & Andrea Wobensmith.

CHILDREN'S CHAMPION HONOREE

Dave A. Chokshi, MD

Vice President and Chief Population Health Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals and Primary Care Physician, Bellevue Hospital

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP is Chief Population Health Officer at New York City Health + Hospitals (H+H)-the largest public health care system in the U.S. He also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the H+H Accountable Care Organization. Dr. Chokshi's duties include leading a team dedicated to health system improvement, supervising initiatives on ambulatory care transformation, innovative care models, population health analytics, chronic disease prevention and management, and implementation research. His team was recognized with the 2017 Gage Award for Quality by America's Essential Hospitals. Dr. Chokshi practices primary care (internal medicine) at Bellevue Hospital and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Population Health and Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Chokshi's prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, positions with the New York City and State Departments of Health and the Louisiana Department of Health, at a startup clinical software company, and with the nonprofit Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

Dr. Chokshi has written on medicine and public health in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Lancet, Health Affairs, Science, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Primary Care Development Corporation and the Essential Hospitals Institute. In 2016, President Obama appointed him to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. During his training, he did clinical work in Guatemala, Peru, Botswana, Ghana, and India. He received his MD with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a Masters of Science in global public health as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University.

CHILDREN'S CHAMPION HONOREE

Armando Lucas Correa

Editor in Chief, People en Espanol and Author of International Best Seller, The German Girl

With 20 years of experience in Hispanic media, award-winning journalist and author Armando Lucas Correa is the Editor of PEOPLE en Espanol, the top-selling Hispanic magazine in the U.S. with more than six million readers every month. In his role, he oversees the editorial content of the magazine, PeopleEnEspanol.com, and its digital editions for tablets and mobile.

He also oversees the brand's social media strategy and events like the 50 Most Beautiful (New York), the 25 Most Powerful Women (Miami), as well as Festival People en Espanol (New York).

He is an innovative leader with deep knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic market and experience in creating initiatives focused on the growth of the brand. As an editor and content creator, Correa has developed programs focused on the profitability of PEOPLE en Espanol across different platforms.

Under his tenure, the magazine has enjoyed unprecedented growth and was named in Adweek's "10 Under 50" Hot List in 2007 and 2009 and has been recognized by GLAAD for its coverage.

Correa is a familiar face on national television and radio shows, both in the U.S. and Mexico, where he shares his expertise on Hispanic media and entertainment stories.

Born in Cuba, Correa entered the world of print journalism in 1988 when he was appointed the editor of Tablas, a national theater and dance magazine based out of Havana, Cuba.

Correa is the recipient of various outstanding achievement awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications and the Society of Professional Journalism.

His book En busca de Emma (In Search of Emma: Two Fathers, One Daughter and the Dream of a Family) was published by Rayo, Harper Collins in 2007 and for Aguilar, Santillana (Mexico) in 2009. His first novel The German Girl was published in October 2016 in English and Spanish by Atria Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.

He currently resides in Manhattan with his partner and their three children.

CHILDREN'S CHAMPION HONOREE

John & Andrea Wobensmith

CEO and President, Genco Shipping & Trading and Children of Bellevue Corporate Board Member

John Wobensmith is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Genco Shipping and Trading Ltd., a NYSE listed company that transports iron ore, coal, grain, steel products, and other essential dry bulk cargoes along worldwide shipping routes. Headquartered in New York City, Genco maintains commercial offices in Singapore and Copenhagen. John started with Genco in 2005 as its Chief Financial Officer when the company was a start-up with 16 dry bulk vessels, growing to 58 vessels today and becoming the largest US-based dry bulk shipping company. Named as CEO in 2017, John and his team led the transformational change of Genco's commercial strategy, creating a 24-hour global logistics solution provider for leading commodities producers and significantly strengthening Genco's financial performance and its global brand.

John is a frequent guest on CNBC and Bloomberg TV in both the U.S. and Asia, providing expert commentary on the dry bulk shipping markets and worldwide cargo flows. He graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a major in Economics and was a member of the varsity sailing team.

After moving to New York City from Annapolis, Maryland in 2000, John began his 20 year tenure with Children of Bellevue, which is still driven by his deep appreciation for CoB's life-changing programs for pediatric patients and their families as well as the hospital's focus on enhancing early development and school readiness for at-risk children. John's involvement with CoB started by volunteering at events organized in Bellevue Hospital such as kickball games, rooftop barbecues, and crafts with the children and adolescents staying at the hospital. After a couple of years, John became further engaged with CoB by joining the junior board and organizing fundraising events geared towards young adults. In 2006, he joined the corporate board to continue to advance CoB's mission and actively make a difference in the lives of the children staying at Bellevue Hospital. John also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

John lives in Manhattan with his wife Andrea and his two children, Ella and Gracie. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time in Sag Harbor with his family boating.


Making Our Work Possible: 2019 Sponsors

We are thankful for the companies and organizations who champion the 25,000 children and their families whom we serve every year.

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What your support could provide to children at Bellevue Hospital

$35 could supply us with 400 parenting handouts on different developmental issues

In the clinic waiting room, our parent educators support moms and dads by having in-depth conversations about the importance of language and literacy in the early years and giving advice about how easy it can be to incorporate reading. Our parents often ask specific questions about their child's development, and with these handouts, our specialists can send them home with the information they need!

$70 could purchase journals for 12 creative teens

As a form of expressive therapy, writing allows our children and teens to express feelings that otherwise they may not share with their peers or those around them, gradually easing their emotional stress or feelings of trauma.

$150 could pay for four families to receive one session of VIP

Our Video Interaction Project (VIP) uses play and reading to help parents build the skills and learn the information they need to encourage reading, talking, and playing with their child. Our VIP coaches work one-on-one in each session with the family and provide high-quality, age-appropriate toys and books for families to keep, so they can continue to play, read, and talk together at home to build early literacy and school readiness.

$250 could buy our older kids and teenagers special "safety pens"

To safeguard children on our inpatient psychiatric units, they are not allowed to have any regular pens or pencils that could be used to hurt themselves or someone else. Especially for teenagers, it is frustrating to write in a journal with a crayon. Donations enable us to purchase special flexible pens, so our kids can write!

$500 could pay for half a year of supplies for our child protection center

Our Frances L. Loeb Center for Child Protection and Development pioneered a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation for children who may have been mistreated. Our Center was the first to be located in a public hospital, and it still relies on donations for the basics including supplies.

$1,000 could provide a month of music therapy once per week

We fund a Music Therapist who Bellevue could not otherwise afford to see more than 60 patients and their caregivers each week. Through individual music therapy sessions and music therapy as part of weekly group programming, her work is crucial to helping medically vulnerable kids express themselves before their treatment and during their recovery.

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