“We are passionate about radically changing the experience of care.”

“We are passionate about radically changing the experience of care.”

Our story

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, including 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 Mount Sinai Health System, Alignment Healthcare, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oscar Health, Thrive Capital, 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.

Cityblock is preparing to launch our first Neighborhood Health Hub in early 2018. We are hiring across all parts of the organization and developing the partnerships that will be critical to our early success.

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Our mission is to radically improve the health of urban communities, one block at a time.

The values that drive us every day also infuse the services we provide and the way we approach relationships with our community partners.

People are at the center of what we do

  • Listen with humility and respect.
  • Never hesitate to act against injustice.
  • Be inclusive; harness the power of a diverse community.

We work with purpose everyday

  • Have fun, think big, be creative.
  • Always keep promises.
  • Just keep swimming.

We challenge systems that need to change

  • Dare to question the status quo.
  • Partner to build lasting solutions.
  • Share what we know, and seek to know more.

Our team

Iyah Romm

Iyah Romm

Chief Executive Officer

I'm here because people want more health, not more healthcare.

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Toyin Ajayi

Toyin Ajayi

Chief Health Officer

I'm here because I believe that we can and must do better to provide effective and quality care to those who most need it.

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Mat Balez

Mat Balez

Chief Product Officer

I'm here because I want to build great tech in service of helping to solve complex social problems.

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Melanie Bella

Melanie Bella

Chief of New Business & Policy

I'm here because I’m passionate about impacting the lives of people with complex needs, especially those dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.

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Theresa Coffin

Theresa Coffin

Clinical Operations

I'm here because I believe in a benevolent society where the fundamentals of daily living are a given, and technology and innovation are equalizers.

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Bay Gross

Bay Gross

VP of Operations

I'm here because I find myself inspired daily by my teammates, and their commitment to this cause.

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Frank Guzzone

Frank Guzzone

Product Design

I’m here to collectively build something that can lead to change and improve the health of people who need it most.

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Logan Hasson

Logan Hasson

Engineering

I'm here to solve meaningful problems and build software for a segment of folks who deserve great user experiences.

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Sada Holt

Sada Holt

Office Administration

I'm here because I am a firm believer that success in life is determined by the effect we have on others.

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Brennan Moore

Brennan Moore

Engineering

I’m here to bring great user experiences to clinicians and patients, and to have impact at a national scale.

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Ari Rosner

Ari Rosner

Social Care

I'm here because I believe in the power of trusting relationships to improve the health of those in need.

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Ariane Tschumi

Ariane Tschumi

Legal Counsel

I’m here because this is one of the most important opportunities to have positive impact I’ve come across.

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Peter Weinberg

Peter Weinberg

Business Development & Operations

I'm here because I believe that access to high quality healthcare is a fundamental human right.

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Join our team

We’re always looking for motivated builders and care providers from diverse backgrounds to help us build this new model of community health.

Our advisors

Andy Slavitt

Andy Slavitt

Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor

Co-Author of the book The American Healthcare Paradox: Why Spending More Is Getting Us Less

Prabhjot Singh

Prabhjot Singh

Director of the Arnhold Institute and Chair of the Department of Health System Design & Global Health, at the Mount Sinai Health System

Andrew Eland

Andrew Eland

Engineering Lead, DeepMind Health

Dan L. Doctoroff

Dan L. Doctoroff

Chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs

Megan Sandel

Megan Sandel

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health

Our partners

Sidewalk Labs / Alphabet

Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovation company, was Cityblock’s incubation partner.

Blue Ridge Labs @ Robin Hood

Blue Ridge Labs' Design Insight Group is helping co-design our approach to care.

Redox

Redox provides a secure and consistent interface to health provider data systems.

Aptible

Aptible hosts our application and data in a secure HIPAA-compliant cloud environment.

We are constantly seeking new partners with whom to learn, build, and do more in communities across the country.

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