Op-Ed: “Closing SUNY Downstate would be a disaster for Black and low-income kidney transplant candidates” by Karina Albistegui Adler and Nardel Joseph

April 16, 2024

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Immigrant Justice, Media Coverage, News, Transplant Equity, UndocuCare, UndocuCare TGNCI+

Patient and doctor having a conversation

Karina Albistegui Adler, co-director of Health Justice at NYLPI and Nardel Joseph, a NYLPI client, wrote an op-ed that was published by New York Amsterdam News and highlighted the reasons why the closure of SUNY Downstate would proportionately affect vulnerable populations in the area.

“SUNY Downstate is not just a hospital; it is a cornerstone of the Black, brown, low-income, and immigrant community in central Brooklyn. It has proven to be an essential healthcare service for New Yorkers in a community that has been historically overburdened by high incidences of chronic disease. It provides unparalleled access to transplants for low-income, Black, and immigrant patients who have been systemically excluded from these operations by racially biased medical algorithms and decision-making models. The closure of such a facility would have devastating consequences for the health and well-being of the city.”

Read the full op-ed via New York Amsterdam News.

Ms. Joseph was previously featured in a New York Times story highlighting the challenges that undocumented people face in accessing transplants.

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