Community Needs

A high percentage of CCB’s patient population comes from Brooklyn’s most at-risk neighborhoods. More than one in five households in Brooklyn lives below the federal poverty line and nearly 40% of its population is enrolled in Medicaid. This subset of the population accounts for a high percentage of potentially preventable admissions.

Many community members have chronic illnesses , and CCB strategically selected projects that provide the greatest opportunity to benefit this patient population.

Community Needs Assessment

A key component of initial DSRIP planning involved conducting a Community Needs Assessment (CNA). The PPSs with significant Medicaid populations in Brooklyn partnered with the New York Academy of Medicine to conduct the assessment, which was completed in October of 2014. The complete Community Needs Assessment is available here.

CCB’s DSRIP initiatives were both informed and influenced by the Community Needs Assessment that highlighted hotspots and issues, including:

  • Areas of the Brooklyn consistently rank poorly in markers of socioeconomic determinants of health such as household poverty, unemployment, lack of health insurance, low levels of education and high prevalence of disease. 
  • Barriers to accessing care that can be prevalent in Brooklyn’s immigrant populations (e.g., linguistic, eligibility for insurance, familiarity with the US healthcare system) can result in delayed care.