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Haitians & health care: A look at efforts to build equity in the community | A special report


BROOKLYN — As New York City continues its recovery from the pandemic, it’s become a common sight to see people milling about along Clarkson Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue, the heart of central Brooklyn’s health care sector.

In this corner, bordered by SUNY Downstate Medical Center to the south and Kings County Hospital on the north, patients have begun returning to the local hospitals for emergency and some routine visits. Taxi drivers are once again stationed semi-permanently along Clarkson, and medical students can be seen around the fenced-in lawn on Downstate’s campus.

Inside the facilities meanwhile, health care leaders are figuring out ways to better serve the community as patients return to seek care. They are doing so this time with ostensible support to address the health disparities that the pandemic laid bare for Black and brown people, including Haitian communities.

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