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Separate & Unequal Health Care In NYC

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Separate and unequal care in New York City violates the civil rights of thousands of New Yorkers everyday.

In June 2008, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) filed a complaint on behalf of Bronx Health REACH with the New York State Attorney General’s office alleging that the policies and practices of several of New York’s premier medical facilities have resulted in a system of starkly separate and unequal healthcare, where people of color in low-income communities regularly receive inferior services. So far the Attorney General’s office has taken no action on this matter.

On April 17th, come learn from doctors, lawyers, advocates and community residents about how the New York healthcare system is failing people of color. Six Bronx residents will share their stories of inadequate and unequal medical care, including a young woman whose cancer diagnosis came dangerously late after two doctors told her “not to worry,” and a man who was told he would have to wait several months for an appointment to treat an infection. Speakers will include:

  1. Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, represents Morrisania, Crotona Park East and East Tremont sections of the Bronx in the New York State Assembly
  2. Dr. Neil Calman, President/ CEO of the Institute for Family Health and Principal Investigator of Bronx Health REACH, a community coalition of over 40 faith-based and community based organizations.
  3. Nisha Agarwal, Esq., director of the Health Justice program at NYLPI, who filed a legal complaint accusing three NYC hospitals of discrimination based on insurance status and race.
  4. Rev. Dr. Robert Foley, Sr., Pastor at Cosmopolitan Church and an outspoken voice on equal care for all.
  5. Rev. Gary Spears, Church organist in the Bronx who suffered an unnecessarily severe infection as a complication of undiagnosed diabetes after months of inadequate care and unequal access to medical services in New York City.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Bronx Junior High School 22
270 E. 167th Street
Bronx, NY 10456

About Bronx Health REACH:
Bronx Health REACH, established in 1999, includes 40 community and faith-based organizations dedicated to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities in health outcomes. In addition to its advocacy efforts, the group sponsors community health promotion and disease prevention programs, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and the NYS Department of Health. REACH is a project of the Institute for Family Health, a nonprofit organization that operates health centers and trains health professionals to work in urban, medically underserved communities in New York State.

About New York Lawyers for the Public Interest:
Founded in 1976, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that strives for social justice. In partnership with member law firms, corporate law departments, and other organizations, NYLPI helps underrepresented people develop legal strategies to serve their vision for themselves and their communities. NYLPI’s Health Justice Program strives to ensure that health care is available on a non-discriminatory basis.


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was born June 8, 1953. Mr. Lockhart is a former Bronx resident from the Marble Hill section, and attended The Bronx High School of Science and Manhattan College. A former All-American basketball player at both institutions, he left for Europe in 1976 to pursue a professional career after a brief encounter with the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Continuing his education he actively plunged into corporate marketing communications with international companies like Philips, Alstom, Qiagen Instruments, KPMG, European Space Administration, ABN-Amro Bank and the Port of Rotterdam, while continuing to play ball and coach. Teaching English and advertising in Holland led to the setup of Ideas Unlimited, his own International Business Communications firm. Mr. Lockhart has lived and worked in various countries for the past 33 years, speaks German, French, Dutch and is currently learning Italian. Now residing near Zurich Switzerland, he has three children, Jarrett, 31 Chief of Staff with the Bronx City Council, 14th District, Maraya, 21 and Malik, 11. Tom is currently serving as Communications Manager and Asst. Operations Coordinator of the Marble Hill Reunion and Development Project.