Mount Sinai expands post-COVID care center to serve patients in East Harlem and South Bronx

Mount Sinai expands post-COVID care center to serve patients in East Harlem and South Bronx

Mount Sinai has expanded its Center for Post-COVID Care, the first and largest center of its kind, to another location to better serve patients in East Harlem and the South Bronx.

The new site will help meet the needs of a growing number of patients with long-term COVID-19 symptoms who need access to leading care. It will also improve long-term COVID care for minority populations living in underserved communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 but are underdiagnosed with long-term COVID.

The new location is at Mount Sinai-Internal Medicine Associates at 17 East 102nd Street.

“We know these patients are there…”

“The South Bronx and East Harlem communities were among the hardest hit during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. For a long time, COVID is probably much more common than many realize in this population, and we know it can be extremely debilitating. We know these patients are there – now it’s a matter of reaching them and getting them the care they need,” said Rachel Engelberg, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who cares for patients at the new site.

A $5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality helped fund the new center. The site will care for a broad spectrum of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 and need help recovering from persistent symptoms. Patients will first see a primary care physician and from there will be referred to major medical specialties across the Mount Sinai Health System, including pulmonology, neurology, cardiology, infectious disease, nephrology, physiatry, physical and occupational therapy, radiology, neuropsychiatry, behavioral health, social work and pharmacy.

The funding will go to community outreach efforts in Harlem and the South Bronx. Mount Sinai is partnering with two programs that serve these communities – Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and AIRnyc – to help educate them about long COVID. Mount Sinai experts will also teach physicians in these communities how to assess patients for long COVID-19 and refer them to specialists for long COVID care.

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“Our goal is to get more people from East Harlem and the South Bronx into care, and we will do that by bringing long COVID education to the community, creating referral pathways and increasing access to our practices. We are working with our community partners and a patient advisory board, made up of people with long-term COVID, to figure out the best way to do this,” said Alex Federman, MD, MPH, professor of medicine (general internal medicine ). ) at Icahn Mount Sinai, one of the project’s leaders.

The grant will also support Mount Sinai’s long COVID study, focusing on Black and Hispanic patients in underserved communities, to better identify ways to care for these populations and understand symptoms. This work will build on previous research on long COVID and inequalities. A study from Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) – a national study consortium), involving Mount Sinai researchers and supported by the National Institutes of Health, shows that Black and Hispanic Americans (groups disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic) may experience more symptoms and health problems associated with long COVID compared to white people, but are less likely to be diagnosed with the condition and receive appropriate care. Conversely, patients with a formal long COVID diagnosis are more likely to be white, non-Hispanic, and female, and are more likely to live in wealthier areas with better access to health care. A RECOVER study also showed that black patients were more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, pulmonary embolism, and headache, and that Hispanic patients had a higher risk of diabetes and shortness of breath compared to white patients.

“This new location for the Center for Post-COVID Care is integrated into our large primary care clinic, allowing us to seamlessly integrate long-term COVID care into a familiar environment for patients and remove barriers to care often experienced by marginalized populations,” says Juan Wisnivesky, MD, DrPH, Drs. Richard and Mortimer Bader Professor of Medicine at Icahn Mount Sinai, a clinical epidemiologist who is one of the key leaders of the RECOVER adult cohort study at the Mount Sinai site and one of the leaders of the project.

“Mount Sinai is proud to be the first to recognize the immediate need for post-COVID care for patients with long-term symptoms, and we look forward to expanding access to care in Manhattan for this growing patient population,” said Zijian Chen, MD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care. “To date, we have treated thousands of post-COVID patients and continue to lead the way in understanding how symptoms develop and how to treat them. We encourage people experiencing symptoms after COVID-19, including at-risk minority groups, to seek care as we work to close the disparities gap.”

Mount Sinai’s Center for Post-COVID Care also has offices in the following locations:

Mount Sinai-Union Square, 10 Union Square East, 2HJ

Mount Sinai Doctors-Ansonia, 2109 Broadway at 74th Street

Mount Sinai-Internal Medicine Associates, 17 East 102nd Street, third floor

Patients must be seen in person for their first appointment. For more information, click on the link below:

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