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NY-09 Community Projects: FY22 Funding Requests

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Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations

1. City of New York – Girls Club Community Center

Amount Requested: $8,000,000

Location: 444 Thomas S. Boyland St. Brooklyn, NY

Description: This project consists of the construction of a girls club/community center space on the site of an existing City-owned multi-service center.  The existing building, which is in poor condition, will be demolished.  The new building will be designed to accommodate both the current multi-service center tenants and the new girls club. This project addresses a specific need identified by community members, local elected officials, and other community stakeholders in Brownsville: the need for a space designed to nurture girls in middle and high school by providing a safe space to explore programming in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness at no cost to families

2. Brooklyn Museum – Arts of Africa Collections

Amount Requested: $2,000,000

Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Description: This grant will support critical costs for the upcoming creation of our first-ever permanent galleries for our world-renowned collection of African Arts. Located in the heart of Central Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Museum was the first major museum in the United States to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa as art rather than ethnography, transforming how our visitors understood and appreciated African cultures for decades to follow.  Focusing primarily on historical works from Western, Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa — with particular strengths in art from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Ghana — the collection represents approximately 400 peoples (ethnic groups) and thirty-one primarily sub-Saharan countries

3. City of New York – Cure Violence

Amount Requested: $3,000,000

Location: New York’s 9th Congressional District located in Brooklyn

Description: This grant will support Cure Violence initiatives led by community organizations within the 9th Congressional District, including the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Cure Violence (CV) is a community-based public health model for preventing gun violence in targeted areas, which has been deployed both nationally and internationally. The core CV program staff include Outreach Workers, Violence Interrupters, and Hospital Responders who are the frontline teams identifying potential incidents of gun violence and preventing and intervening in conflicts in real time that may lead to gun violence and retaliation. CV staff follow up in the immediate aftermath of shooting incidents to connect impacted parties to essential services and resources within the network to initiate positive lifestyle changes.

4. SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – Downstate Community Health Network

Amount Requested: $4,000,000      

Location: 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203

Description: There is a dire need in central Brooklyn for integrated and coordinated primary care and social services. Compared to the rest of Brooklyn and New York City, the residents of central Brooklyn experience less access to health care, more social determinants of health, less preventative health care and worse health outcomes. This grant will help to develop a connected artificial intelligence (AI) driven primary care technology hub infrastructure and establish a network of five care and community connected sites that will integrate primary care, mental health and social services in central Brooklyn. The purpose of this request is to design and operationalize the technology enabled population health infrastructure hub and build out and operate the first connected primary care practice pilot site. SUNY Downstate will contribute funding in support of this pilot and infrastructure set up, including equipment, IT data management platform connectivity, contracted services, and provider salaries by using operating funds.

5. West Indian American Day Carnival Association – Caribbean Cultural Arts Education Program

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

Location: 323-325 Rogers Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225

Description: WIADCA functions on four core tents: education, culture, music, and community. We have played a critical role in enabling society acceptance and appreciation of the Caribbean culture by engaging, exposing and educating others through year-round programs that centers culture, arts, history and traditions. Arts education and expression has shown to reduce incarceration, make communities safer and stronger, and contribute to positive youth outcomes. This $1,000,000 funding will enhance that as we aim to provide a sustainable cultural approach to enhance historical relevance, cultural stewardship, and knowledge of Caribbean contributions for participants. Students will learn about the background and culture of Caribbean communities and their contributions to the United States.

6. New York Community Hospital – Infusion Center at New York Community Hospital

Amount Requested: $980,000         

Location: 2525 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11229

Description: The Infusion Center at New York Community Hospital (NYCH) will provide specialty infusion therapy, used to deliver antibiotics, pain medications and other infusion treatments as needed for patients to fight cancer and ensure sufficient access to these services which are critical for population health, particularly among marginalized communities in southeast Brooklyn. Through a partnership with Maimonides Medical Center (MMC), the joint program will expand the reach of MMC’s world class cancer care in the borough by extending a core of community-based hematology and oncology providers to NYCH. The center will focus initially on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers for community patients, with higher-complexity cases being referred to MMC’s Cancer Center to provide the right care close to home in Brooklyn, ultimately ensuring coordinated, high-quality care for cancer patients that will in turn reduce cancer mortality in Brooklyn.

7. Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center Local Development Corporation – GMDC Brownsville Industrial Center

Amount Requested: $5,500,000      

Location: 803 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212

Description: This funding will support the development of a first-of-its-kind mixed-use project in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This project is expected to become a strong anchor for investment in manufacturing in Brownsville, and is expected to be a catalyst for job growth in East Brooklyn. The building will offer a haven to small manufacturing businesses by offering affordable rents, long-term leases, and the opportunity to build business networks. The small businesses in GMDC’s multi-tenanted facility will play a critical role in stabilizing and strengthening the surrounding communities by providing employment to New Yorkers from every strata: high school to college graduates; life-long NYC residents to recent immigrants; and workers just developing their skill set to those trained in specific trades. Manufacturing jobs will pay well above a living wage, providing upward mobility and an entry into the middle class for workers. GMDC will connect all tenants with New York’s Workforce1 training program and New York City’s HireNYC program, which emphasize local hiring.

8. One Brooklyn Health System, Inc. – One Brooklyn Health EPIC Implementation Project

Amount Requested: $415,000         

Location: 1545 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213

Description: These funds will support the effective coordination of patients’ care across the One Brooklyn Health service continuum and with community physicians and federally qualified health centers. This project will enhance and strengthen “EPIC” Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation at One Brooklyn Health through the adoption of a Patient Transfer Center Module and staff training at Brookdale and Interfaith Hospitals. The enhancing and strengthening of the EPIC EHR system at One Brooklyn Health will improve health care provision for its patients, as the optimal adoption of the EHR facilitates the integration of physical and behavioral health services as well as care coordination services amongst OBH providers and community physicians. With continued surges of COVID-19 cases, the need to swiftly accommodate residents presenting in Emergency Rooms to the appropriate care setting is vital to providing critically needed care, while ensuring the continued capacity of the hospital to treat newly presenting cases. The addition of the EPIC EPTC module will help facilitate patient load balance transfers, with the provision of real-time patient data needed to streamline the patient flow process.  Both elements of the EPIC-EHR implementation project will improve the quality, access, and patient satisfaction of healthcare for the populace of Central and South Brooklyn.

9. Brownsville Community Development Corporation / BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers – BMS: Workforce & Training Center Initiative

Amount Requested: $1,000,000      

Location: 408 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11212

Description: As a Federally Qualified Health Center, BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers serves as a critical health and wellness resource for members of Brownsville and East New York communities and beyond. Through this project, BMS aims to ensure our community partners have a “seat at the table” as groundbreaking technology is developed and deployed, such as Telehealth, advanced Electronic Health Record (HER) analysis, and emerging treatment strategies that are currently being deployed in the health care industry. Funds will go towards the implementation and startup costs of a community workforce and training initiative centered on building BMS workforce and professional capacity building services, through a multitude of strategies, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of our residents entering occupations within the health care industry. One aspect of workforce capacity building will come in the form of trainings in health and information technology educational courses aimed at preparing participants for careers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.

10. Brooklyn Communities Collaborative – Expanding Access to Specialty Services Through eConsults

Amount Requested: $877,000

Location: 4802 10th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219

Description: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have rapidly implemented and expanded telemedicine programs to deliver needed care with the convenience and safety of virtual visits. An electronic consultation, or eConsult, involves remote, asynchronous communication between referring providers and specialty providers. In particular, eConsults have been linked to reduced wait times for specialty care, showing that for patients requiring an in-person specialty care visit, the median wait time decreased by as much as 50%. To expand on early success with telemedicine, this grant will support an eConsult program to provide efficient, asynchronous consultations to scarce specialties that are most appropriate for eConsults, such as endocrinology, thereby improving access and efficiency while decreasing wait times for patients most in need of in-person consultations. The program will license and configure a shared platform for referral access across a network of community providers and Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout Brooklyn, including the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Maimonides Medical Center, One Brooklyn Health, and SUNY Downstate. Following a traditional pilot model, the program will begin with two high-demand specialties in months 1-6 and then expand to additional specialties.

Financial Disclosures

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Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Rep. Clarke is a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a Senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security.