We created Cityblock with the simple idea that cities should be healthy places to live -- for everyone. Three trends motivated us: First, underserved populations living in our biggest cities have continued to have disproportionately poor health outcomes, with interventions coming much later and at a significantly higher cost than for other populations. Second, nearly all innovation efforts have been focused on people with means, despite urgent need in underserved lower-income communities. And finally, the business of healthcare has become increasingly transactional, leaving little room for meaningful relationships between patients and clinicians, driving increased dissatisfaction among both. We set out to challenge this status quo.
Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet company focused on accelerating urban innovation, served as the magnet that brought together our team, drawing founding leaders from Commonwealth Care Alliance—an internationally-renowned organization that provides care for people with highly complex health needs—and technologists from Google, alongside team members from places like CareMore, Mount Sinai Health System, Alignment Healthcare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oscar Health, Thrive Capital, Evolent Health, Flatiron School and more. We share the conviction that inequity in health is both unacceptable and solvable. Together, we are re-imagining the future of community health in cities, with a goal of driving health system change at scale.
In July 2018, Cityblock launched its first Neighborhood Hub in Brooklyn, NY in partnership with EmblemHealth. We are hiring across all parts of the organization and developing new partnerships that will be critical to our early success.
Founder and CEO of Cityblock Health
Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Managing Director, Maverick Capital
Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs
Maverick Capital is a global investment firm that has led investments in several prominent healthcare companies.
Thrive Capital is a NYC-based venture capital investment firm focused on internet and software investments.
Oxeon is a healthcare growth services firm that provides strategic capital to growth stage healthcare companies.
Co-Author of the book The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less
Engineering Lead, DeepMind Health
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
Maternal and Child Health Partnership & Outreach Worker, Access Warren Family Health Center