The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente announced that NYC Health + Hospitals, New York, and Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, Houston, are co-awardees of the 2022 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity. The award, named for late Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, a champion for healthcare equity, recognizes healthcare organizations that achieve a measurable, sustained reduction in one or more healthcare disparities. NYC Health + Hospitals is recognized for its NYC Care program, a healthcare access program for uninsurable New Yorkers, including undocumented individuals. Launched in 2019, NYC Care provides access to low or no-cost primary and specialty care, prescription medicines, member materials in multiple languages, a membership card, and a 24-hour customer service line. Since September 2020, NYC Care is available in all five boroughs. In addition, this year, the program announced the elimination of the six-month residency eligibility requirement, removing another barrier in access to care.
Enrolled more than 100,000 members, who made 264,976 primary care visits and 227,481 specialty visits by February 2022
Improved clinical outcomes: After six months of enrollment, 51% of enrollees with diabetes had improved hemoglobin A1C, and 68% of enrollees with hypertension had improved blood pressure
“I am proud of the entire team at NYC Care as we also honor the late Bernard J. Tyson: a trailblazer who worked tirelessly to improve healthcare disparities,” said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz, MD. “As a health system, Tyson’s legacy serves as a guide for how we must continue to eliminate barriers to care and champion the health needs of the most vulnerable through both the NYC Care program and the overarching mission of our organization.”
“NYC Health + Hospitals has prioritized programs and initiatives that eliminate barriers to care and improve healthcare disparities, and we are honored to have our NYC Care program recognized with a 2022 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity,” said NYC Health + Hospitals Senior Vice President for Ambulatory Care and Population Health Dr. Ted Long. “With this recognition, I hope we can inspire other cities to take a similar approach toward equity, advancing the cause that was championed by Tyson.”