Russian American Health Coalition

The Russian American Health Coalition (RAHC) is a collaborative initiative between community groups, faith-based organizations, and the public and private healthcare sectors. RAHC was created in consultation with CAUSE-NY, the community-building arm of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY, which was instrumental in the establishment of Northern Queens Health Coalition, Lower Manhattan Healthcare Coalition, Greater Southern Brooklyn Health Coalition, and many other successful local, national, and international initiatives.

RAHC’s mission is to reach out to the health care system of New York and better connect it to the Russian-speaking community—the third-largest ethnic group in the area—in order to ensure that the community’s healthcare needs are met. RAHC programming focuses on awareness and education within the community and the healthcare industry.

The Executive Director of RAHC is Rina Kirshner and its Advisory Committee consists of:

  • Affinity Health Plans
  • Beth Israel Medical Center / Continuum Health Partners, Inc.
  • Blue Card
  • Coney Island Hospital
  • Council Of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations
  • F.E.G.S. Health and Human Services System
  • Health Plus
  • JCH of Bensonhurst
  • Jewish Community Relations Council
  • Kingsbay YM-YWHA
  • Lutheran Medical Center
  • Maimonides Medical Center
  • Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
  • Prime Home Health Services
  • Russian American Foundation
  • Shorefront YM-YWHA

The Russian American Health Coalition is working to reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the Russian-speaking community by encouraging people to cut their consumption of the sugar-sweetened beverages.

RAHC Sweets

To find out more information, visit:

NYC DOHMH Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Russian American Health Coalition is working with the New York Regional Office of External Affairs and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to educate the Russian-speaking community on Open Medicare Registration and to answer questions about Medicare Preventive Visits. Click on the links to learn more information.