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Clinical & Community Strategy

Because 80% of health is driven by social, behavioral, and environmental factors, the Dalio Center’s work is not limited to addressing health care access and quality. In addition to our clinical programs and community linkages programs, we plan to support targeted community initiatives addressing social determinants of health – understanding and championing economic empowerment, social engagement, workforce development, neighborhood revitalization, and education.

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Sickle Cell Disease is a genetic blood disorder that affects approximately 100,000 Americans (~10,000 New York State residents), predominantly Black and Latino Americans. Although there have been significant milestones achieved in the last 5 years, research continues to be underfunded in comparison to similar genetic disorders, and mortality has not significantly improved in the last 40 years. The Dalio Center has chosen to focus on this chronic disease in an effort to improve patient experience and access to care, provide resources to patients, families, and providers, and create innovative programs to allow for highest quality of care for this patient population.

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Disparities in kidney disease are well documented: End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) disproportionately affects those with low socioeconomic status, Black race, Hispanic ethnicity, homelessness and housing insecurity.

The Dalio Center has grant funded the Rogosin Institute to expand the Prevention and Education in Advanced Kidney Disease (PEAK) to the NYP Columbia University and Allen Hospital. The program includes support for a collaborative, bilingual team of physicians, nurse educators, social workers, dietitians, and peer mentors, as well as analytic support to track the impact of our program.

To address an identified gap in hair care products offered at NYP, the Crown Hair Care Program was created to diversify products available for curly and tightly coiled hair textures. In 2021, the program was piloted at NYP/Weill Cornell and in 2022, it was expanded to NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. The Dalio Center built a relationship with Carol’s Daughter, a Black- and woman-led company owned by L’Oreal. Through this relationship, NYP participated in community events hosted by Carol’s Daughter and Carol’s Daughter has donated close to 3,000 products to our patients and community members.

In close collaboration with NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, the Division of Community and Population Health, and the NYP’s Government & Community Affairs team, the Dalio Center has been working with community-based organizations (CBOs) in Central Brooklyn to create a set of community-informed health programs focused on maternal and child health. The Dalio Center’s first project in Central Brooklyn – Community Conversations and Celebrations – was launched in 2022. Together with local CBOs including CAMBA, Caribbean Women’s Health Association, YMCA, and Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Dalio Center collected and uplifted local stories about motherhood during the pandemic. These stories, called Community Conversations, were documented on film and showcased at our Community Celebrations event. This event was an opportunity for the community to join together and hear stories from neighbors and friends.

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