SOMOS Community Care And Others Bring COVID-19 Vaccine To NYC Arts From Harlem To Hollis

Yesterday, SOMOS Community CareNew York City’s leading physician-led network of 2,500 Latino, Asian, and Black community physicians.

They have joined the H+ Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and the Haitian American Caucus at the DUMBO Archway to vaccinate New York City dancers, members of the arts community, and general public walk-ins against COVID-19 at H+ DanceMart, a program featuring events offering health programming and groceries to keep dancers healthy and ensure access to health services.

The event celebrated the return of H+’s DanceMart program after the COVID-19 pandemic put the program on hold and featured a DJ, dancing, groceries, and more resources critical to supporting the New York City arts community.


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…that has guided SOMOS’s COVID-19 mobilization since over a year ago, when doctors first began operating trilingual testing sites in low-income, immigrant communities of color in New York and beyond.

SOMOS doctors joined in the festivities to bring the Vaccine of Hope to H+ dancers, continuing the community health network’s mission to expand vaccine equity and outreach by meeting New Yorkers where they are. It’s this ethos – to administer vaccines in the places New Yorkers know and by the doctors who they trust, who speak their language, and who have treated their families for generations – that has guided SOMOS’s COVID-19 mobilization since over a year ago, when doctors first began operating trilingual testing sites in low-income, immigrant communities of color in New York and beyond.

Since then, SOMOS has operated over 70 trilingual testing sites nationwide and administered over 1.5 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors, municipal workers, healthcare workers, and vulnerable communities of color across nearly 200 vaccine sites in local landmarks like Yankee Stadium, the city’s most iconic subway stations, churches, schools, public parks, and public housing to ensure equity on behalf of the underserved populations who too often fall through the cracks of traditional healthcare systems.

“Cultural and artistic expression have been at the heart of SOMOS mission to bring preventative healthcare into the communities that need it the most,” said Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman and Founder of SOMOS Community Care. “A healthy community embraces everything that makes us unique. SOMOS Community Care and it’s leadership have been active for many years in both Haiti and the Haitian Community of New York City, so it is a natural extension of common bonds that leads us here today and it is an honor for us to help each other move from crisis to recovery.”

“After a year of lockdowns and social distancing, it feels great to provide much-needed assistance to our dance community which was hard hit during this time,” said Safi A. Thomas, Founder & Artistic Director of H+. “I just want dancers to be well fed and healthy so they can focus on their art again.”

SOMOS Community Care and SOMOS US form the foundation of an innovative, value-based care network of over 2,500 diverse physicians and health care providers serving nearly 1 million people in New York City.

SOMOS Community Care and SOMOS US form the foundation of an innovative, value-based care network of over 2,500 diverse physicians and health care providers serving nearly 1 million people in New York City.

SOMOS has created a new model of quality, preventative health care on behalf of the most underserved communities of the United States, a model based on cultural competency, increased access, and the ability of community-based medicine to successfully address the social determinants of health.

SOMOS is the shared vision of Dr. Ramon Tallaj and Henry R. Muñoz, III, a doctor, and a designer, working together to create institutional change.

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