Access to Primary Care in New York City

Client: Primary Care Development Corporation
Faculty: Rona Affoumado and Mark Musell
Team: James Greer, John Nsamba,Neene Owate, Hector Pagan, RuthieVishlitzky
Year: 2005
The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the expansion and enhancement of primary and preventive healthcare in underserved communities throughout New York State. Formed in 1994 from a collaborative partnership between New York City government and the private and philanthropic sectors, PCDC has served as a way for these stakeholders to address the lack of primary and preventive healthcare in economically distressed communities. PCDC requested a Capstone team to develop accurate and comprehensive information regarding the supply of primary care services in New York City. To accomplish this, the Capstone team researched and compiled a list of primary care providers in a searchable database that will make it possible to map out providers throughout the city as well as cross reference their locations and services with the health needs of various communities. This information will enable PCDC to reach out to providers who can benefit from their wide range of services. In addition, the data will be used to compare supply and demand in neighborhoods to identify where the greatest need exists to increase access to health-care as well as enable PCDC to form more integrated networks of healthcare services for underserved communities.