Leveraging my experience in consumer digital health to serve those most in need

Dr. Jennifer Schneider, M.D, M.S.

At this moment, our country is hurting, but I believe we are on the path to healing. Many of our communities are filled with deep unrest and extreme health disparities, brought on by too many years of care inequity and racism. If it wasn’t already clear, the pandemic made it obvious that a radical transformation of community health is one of the systemic changes we must make as a country.

In this challenging time of our nation’s history, the mission and the work of Cityblock is more important than ever. …


What $160 million in Series C financing for Cityblock Health means for Medicaid and lower-income Medicare beneficiaries

Dr. Toyin Ajayi, Bay Gross, and Iyah Romm

Today, three years after we launched Cityblock from Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, we are excited to announce our Series C funding round, furthering our mission to radically transform the health of marginalized communities.

At the end of one of the most challenging years of all of our lives, we are taking a moment to reflect on what this moment represents and to redouble our focus and commitment to the path ahead.

As first-time founders of a venture-backed company, we have had to very quickly learn the norms and lingo of this world that…


And we’re taking several other steps to make sure our teams and the members we serve are able to safely exercise their right to vote this election.

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We’re grateful for policy recommendations from electionday.org and resources from VotER, and for all the people and organizations working to make sure all Americans are able to safely vote this November.

At Cityblock, we’re doing our part to make sure our teams and the members we serve have the resources they need to vote on or before Election Day. Here’s a quick overview of the steps we’re taking.

We made November 3, 2020…


How COVID-19, undoing systemic racism, and value-based care should shape the future of healthcare

Toyin Ajayi and Iyah Romm

Where we are today

When we wrote about the crisis within the crisis back in April, we were in the first chapter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, our worst fears about the disproportionate toll that would be borne by Black and Brown communities, the fissures and disparities that COVID-19 would lay bare, have been realized.

Meeting the needs of our Cityblock members and our teams during this incredibly challenging time in our country’s history has required us to grow as leaders, to shift and change our ways of working as an organization, and to remain ever focused on…


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How our company value to “Be All In” drives the type of behavioral and social services we deliver during COVID-19 and beyond.

Ari Rosner, Head of Social Care
Juliana Ekong, Associate Chief Health Officer

In a post from our co-founders Iyah and Toyin on April 16th, we discussed what the COVID-19 crisis had meant so far for Cityblock and our members.

This post is part of a series about our response to COVID-19 and how our work has been guided by our company values: Put Members First, Be All In, Bring Your Whole Self, Aim for Understanding, and Lean into Discomfort.

Today, we explore how our value of Be All In has guided us as we develop additional member initiatives in response…


A message to the Cityblock community from our CEO, Iyah Romm.

The murders of George Floyd, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, Laquan McDonald, Breonna Taylor, Steven Demarco Taylor, and so many more, the Central Park accosting of Christian Cooper, the arrest of a brown journalist on live TV, and the countless less visible daily injustices, all reflective of the world showing its racist self over and over, even amidst the structural violence perpetrated on people of color by Covid-19, had me in tears this morning… not for the first time this week.

Time and time again we see that the Black…


How our core values drove us to build an actionable rules-based model for care teams

Alina Schnake-Mahl, ScD, MPH, Research Scientist — Data Science
Lon Binder, Chief Technology Officer
Marcy Carty, MD, MPH, Associate Chief Health Officer

Back in January, pre-COVID-19, we launched a new set of company values: Put Members First, Be All In, Bring Your Whole Self, Aim for Understanding, and Lean into Discomfort.

In a post from Iyah and Toyin on April 16th, we discussed what the COVID-19 crisis means for Cityblock and the work we’re doing, anchored within one of our core values: “Put Members First.”

Over the coming weeks, we’ll share more on our response to COVID-19 and how our…


A look at how we are leveraging virtual services and in-home escalation to “Be All In” for our members during COVID-19

Toyin Ajayi, Co-founder and Chief Health Officer
Kyle Bailey, Manager of Nursing, Brooklyn
Bay Gross, Co-founder and Head of Product
Elizabeth McCormick, Associate Medical Director, Brooklyn
Kyle Talcott, Head of National Operations

Back in January, pre-COVID-19, we launched a new set of company values: Put Members First, Be All In, Bring Your Whole Self, Aim for Understanding, and Lean into Discomfort.

In a post from Iyah and Toyin on April 16th, we discussed what the COVID-19 crisis means for Cityblock and the work we’re doing, anchored within one of our core values: “Put Members First.”

Over the coming weeks, we’ll…


As the Black Mamas Matter Alliance wraps their third Black Maternal Health Week, we wanted to share how we are following BMMA’s example and #CenteringBlackMamas at Cityblock Health.

Pooja Mehta and Monique Varcianna

Thanks to disciplined advocacy, storytelling, and science from those like the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the shameful statistic that Black women in the United States are 3–4 times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than White women is now well known. We know that in New York City, where Cityblock is based and where we are both from, Black women are 12 times more likely to die than their White counterparts.

This epidemiology represents historical inequity and health system failure, stemming from structural racism, not race itself. Black birthing people, their families, and communities…


Because when disaster strikes, people who have historically been oppressed will always suffer more. That’s why we’re here.

Toyin Ajayi and Iyah Romm, Co-Founders, Cityblock Health

We’re about one month into the COVID-19 crisis. A month of unprecedented tears, fear, pride, unfathomable courage, and deepening rage. We’ll never be the same again. This post is a look at what it’s meant for a care provider with a mission to radically improve the health of marginalized communities. Over the next few weeks, we’ll share our stories, experiences, and tools and resources that we’ve built to respond to COVID-19. We hope these can benefit our communities.

We are in the middle of what’s likely to be the peak of the…

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