Reducing Health Risk in Immigrants & Minorities

Reducing Health Risk in Immigrants & Minorities

Health Fairs

Health fairs offer an important gateway to the healthcare system for many people. Health fairs sponsored by the IHCD Service provide thousands of immigrants with counseling about how to prevent and manage cancer and chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and dental disease.

Our health fairs also offer free referrals to affordable and culturally appropriate healthcare providers and services. We implement a robust follow-up protocol for all participants in need of further counseling.

Each year, the IHCD Service partners with numerous community organizations to bring health fairs to their constituents. Recent health fairs have served New York City’s Indian Punjabi, West African Fulani-speaking, Arab American, Bangladeshi, and Mexican populations.

If your organization is interested in holding a health fair, please contact Julia Ramirez at ramirej1@mskcc.org.

The Taxi Network

The IHCD Service has received a three-year grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve the health of New York City taxi drivers. The IHCD Service and its partner, the South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS), have worked closely with an advisory board of taxi drivers, the Taxi CAB, key community partners, and an external advisory committee to assess drivers’ health priorities, identifies barriers to healthcare, and find ways to reduce health disparities in this community.

These findings have informed the development of comprehensive driver-centric health interventions, such at utilization of air filters to remove particulate matter in taxi cabs, pedometer to increase driver activity levels, and healthcare coverage and access navigators.

For more information about Taxi Network activities, please contact Margaux Genoff at genoffm@mskcc.org.