Become an ETS Sponsor Today!

What is an ETS Sponsorship?

When a service member conducts a permanent change of station (PCS), they receive a ‘PCS sponsor’ from their new military installation. ETS sponsors strive to fill a similar role for service members as the service member prepares to exit the military and move to their post-military hometown. Sponsors possess a unique
understanding of their hometown and are connected to resources. They conduct virtual sponsor sessions until the service member exits the military, focusing on specific transition goals. Post transition, sponsors meet face-to-face with the transitioned service member at coffee stores (free coffee and meal) or convenient locations to refine their goals.

Learn more about how you can become an ETS Sponsor here.

Xplorex IT: Addressing Disparities During COVID-19 By Leveraging Technology

Covid-19 has underscored in stark terms, that where we live, learn, work and worship affect how the pandemic impacts a community. Individuals in urban settings, people of color and those affected by disparities suffered far more disease prevalence and mortality than other populations. According to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America our zip code impacts our health and future wellbeing more than our genetics. There is ample research to suggest that social determinants of health (SDOH) factors may contribute to as much as 50-60% of a person’s healthcare costs. Yet the use of technology to bridge this gap has been narrowly deployed and meeting these needs, once assessed, is often poorly executed. This brief article from Xplorex IT, written by Joseph Conte, PhD, Executive Director, Anyi Chen PhD, Chief Information Officer, Ashley Restaino, MPH, Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, covers how technology can be leveraged to engage underserved clients to address their social needs during the pandemic.

COVID Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals

Dear Healthcare Provider,


As of Monday, January 4, 2021 the following groups can now receive the COVID-19 vaccination (more information can be found here

  • All Outpatient/Ambulatory front-line, high-risk health care workers of any age who provide direct in-person patient care, or other staff in a position in which they have direct contact with patients (i.e., intake staff), will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals who work in private medical practices; hospital-affiliated medical practices; public health clinics; specialty medical practices of all types; dental practices of all types; dialysis workers; diagnostic and treatment centers; occupational therapists; physical therapists; speech therapists; phlebotomists; behavioral health workers; and student health workers.
  • All front-line, high-risk public health workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, those handling COVID-19 lab specimens and those directly engaged in COVID-19 vaccinations, will be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine.If you have not already made arrangements with a hospital system or Federally Qualified Health Center, we wanted to inform you that you can reach out to one of our SI FQHCs and make an appointment.


  1. H+H Gotham Vanderbilt– The process for scheduling with them is via this link: SueLing Lee
    165 Vanderbilt Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10304
  2. Sun River Health- Contact Dr Atith Patel at  929-474-0282 or Ashley Awn, 855-681-8700, ext 4444
  3. *Beacon has closed form and appointments for this week but will reopen as soon as they get a new shipment. See their process below.Beacon Christian Community Health Center has begun offering the vaccine starting Monday, January 4 by appointment. To help set up the appointments, Beacon is asking for interested individuals to complete the following google form at this link: completing their information, Beacon staff will contact respondents to schedule their appointment.  (Beacon can only provide vaccines to individuals who are in the Priority 1A group.)  

If you have any questions, please contact NYC REACH at

Partner Success Stories

In reflecting back on Staten Island PPS’s achievements as this chapter of DSRIP comes to an end, the most successful initiatives that result in improved care to individuals, organizational excellence and population health improvement start more often in the lunchroom than the board room. This is dedicated to our partners who did the hard work, implemented the programs, cared for the people who needed it most, when they needed it most and get up every day and do it again. This is in recognition of their passion and singular effort. Read the full article here.

Military VIP Program at RUMC

Are you an active, retired, or reservist veteran of the United States military? If so, Richmond University Medical Center invites you to enroll in their VIP Program. Members of our military are eligible for unique benefits through the program when they visit Richmond University Medical Center or their primary care sites across Staten Island.


Benefits of the VIP Program:

  • Same day scheduling at RUMC Immediate Care/Primary Care/Walk In Center sites
  • Free parking at the main hospital (valet or token)
  • Free patient room television and/or telephone service, when admitted
  • 24/7 VIP behavioral/mental health issues hotline
  • Complimentary private maternity room, based on availability
  • 20% discount at Lori’s Gifts, located in the main lobby
  • 10% discount at hospital cafeteria and Starbucks
  • Reduced rates for special events (Annual gala, golf outing, etc.)
  • VIP invitation to hospital events (lunch and learns, ribbon cuttings, etc.)

How It Works:

Complete this form and also submit proof of service by email or mail to receive your personalized VIP card. Your card will be mailed to you. Once you receive your VIP program card, present it at the hospital or one of the RUMC primary care sites to enjoy your benefits.



The VIP program is available to members of our military who are active, retired, or reservist. Benefits are non-transferrable and the VIP card must be provided to access the program’s benefits.

Registration is not complete until proof of service is also provided. Valid proof of military service includes:

  • Valid driver’s license with veteran designation
  • DD214 or VA healthcare card
  • A current veteran’s organization membership card (VFW, American Legion, etc.)

Proof of service can be sent to or sent by mail to:

Alex Lutz
Attn: VIP Program
Richmond University Medical Center
355 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310

SaferLockRx Bottles and Deterra Bags

Recently, our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Volpe delivered SaferLockRx bottles and Deterra bags to several local pharmacies that have volunteered to participate in an important project to address Substance Use Disorder on Staten Island. This project was made possible by a grant from Healthfirst.
Studies have shown that over 50% of controlled medications are obtained without a prescription. This is often from friends and family. 32.5% of students surveyed in the 12th grade replied that opioids were easily accessible 2018.
SaferLockRx bottles permit safer storage of medications with a risk of addiction and overdose. We can all do our part by safely storing these types of medications and promptly disposing of medications that are no longer needed. Many pharmacies have medication disposal boxes on site and the three pharmacies participating in the project also have a limited number of Deterra bags that can be used at home to safely neutralize up to 98% medications which can then be safely disposed.