Community

We build partnerships with local organizations to advance health equity in New York City

Supporting our community

BioQuest

BioQuest is a STEM mentoring program designed to give middle and high school students opportunities to explore diverse careers in science, biotechnology, and medicine.

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Community Grant Cycle

At RTW Foundation, we aim to build partnerships with local organizations to advance health equity in New York City.

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Health Fair in Brooklyn

RTW Foundation teamed up with ACT Care Foundation to distribute 3,410 pounds of food to local Flatbush residents

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Community Partners
RaisingHealth

"We will be directly tackling the unmet health and social needs of immigrant families by partnering with local organizations and clinicians to offer a wide range of preventive health screenings, vaccinations, and information about health and social services."

- Hewett Chiu, President and CEO, RaisingHealth

Hamilton-Madison House

We operate the second-largest mental health clinic serving Asian Americans in the United States and provide treatment in 6 Asian languages and 7 Asian dialects. We see overwhelming demand for our clinical services in light of anti-Asian racism and the COVID pandemic, and we welcome this support that will reduce the strain on our overburdened clinicians.

- Lilya Berns, Assistant Executive Director for Behavioral Health Services at Hamilton-Madison House

East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP)

“Whenever I schedule a follow up for one of my patients, they pause to do the math: can they afford to miss work that day? No one should have to choose between making ends meet and receiving medical care, and this grant from the RTW Foundation will help us alleviate this burden.”

- Jeremy Sherman, MD/PhD Candidate at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Mental Health Clinic Chair Emeritus, EHHOP

Harlem United Community AIDS Center

“Harlem United is proud to once again partner with the RTW Charitable Foundation. Together, through generous funding, our Street-Based Medical program will bring together healthcare and life-saving tools to unhoused New Yorkers with limited access to care. Thank you for helping advance health equality!”

- Kevin Renté – Senior Vice President, Harlem United Community AIDS Center 

BioBus

“BioBus works to create scientific community for people excluded from science. Young people across NYC are pumped about science, and BioBus works to create scientific spaces where these young scientists develop their skills and identity as scientists.”

- Latasha Wright, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, BioBus

Razom

“We are incredibly grateful to the RTW Foundation for continuing to support Razom and the Ukraine Response Initiative (URI) project. This grant will allow for URI to procure hygienic and wellbeing items for displaced Ukrainians, as well as conduct a survey of their experience and needs in the US when it comes to healthcare, the findings of which we plan to share with partner organizations in order to better assist our clients and continue advocating on their behalf. Most importantly, this grant will contribute to our efforts to continue assisting displaced Ukrainians in rebuilding their lives in this country in tangible ways."

- Mariia Khorun, Esq., URI Project Lead, Razom 

Weill Cornell Medicine

“Pediatricians tend to think about one patient at a time, visit by visit, child by child. Our vision, graciously supported by the RTW Foundation, is to harness data collected through these visits to improve the health of children as a population. We will do this by organizing our data and making it available to our academic physician faculty to support a variety of initiatives and to improve access to care and clinical outcomes.”

- Dr. Zachary Grinspan, interim chief of the Division of Child Neurology, director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program, and associate professor in pediatrics and in population health sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine

Mixteca

“Health fairs bridge the gap between individuals and accessible healthcare by empowering individuals with knowledge, resources, and opportunities to prioritize their well-being. Through our partnership with RTW Foundation, Mixteca will not only be able to provide health fairs access to newly arrived asylum seekers, but also services, resources and information building a supportive environment for the community.”

- Vianey Romero-Mendez, Director of Programs, Mixteca

BioEyes

“Thanks to RTW’s support, we are able to partner with educators to bring an innovative STEM exposure to students in our neighboring underserved communities, who might otherwise lack access to resources and opportunities in health and biomedicine. Our program brings the lab to the classroom and delivers foundational skills that make engaging modern medicine and research fun and accessible!”

- Florence Marlow, PhD, Associate Professor, Cell, Developmental & Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine

Areté Education
Think!Chinatown
Hunts Point Alliance for Children
New York Cares
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

"Early in the pandemic, when Long COVID was an emerging phenomena leaving millions without answers or treatment options, the RTWCF provided us with our only source of research support. This enabled rapid, action-oriented research that has steered knowledge in the field of Long COVID rehabilitation and care."

- David Putrino, PhD, Director of Rehabilitation Innovation for the Mount Sinai Health System

Habitat for Humanity New York City

"COVID-19 may have placed us all in the same storm but we are not all in the same boat. Hard-working New York City families, particularly low-income families, have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic itself, and then again by the ensuing rent and mortgage crises."

- Karen Haycox, CEO of Habitat for Humanity New York City

Welcome to Chinatown

"Manhattan’s Chinatown is a resilient neighborhood that has long served as one of the oldest cultural enclaves in the U.S. The prolonged impact of the COVID-19 pandemic poses a great risk to accelerate the gentrification of Chinatown and the displacement of its residents and small businesses."

- Jennifer Tam, Co-Founder and Board Chair, Welcome to Chinatown

Send Chinatown Love

"Send Chinatown Love is able to feed about 2,500 hungry New Yorkers with meals through our Gift-a-Meal campaign."

- Justin McKibben, Founder of Send Chinatown Love

NICE

"Immigrant workers and their families are facing some of the worst outcomes of this pandemic. They are also the backbone of New York City’s economy and so without support for them there is no true path to recovery for our city."

- Manuel Castro, former Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Violence Intervention Program

"For the Latinx communities hit hardest by death and diagnosis related to Covid-19 and its related economic devastation, this gift is a ray of hope."

- Margarita Guzmán, JD, Executive Director of Violence Intervention Program

Rutgers

"RTW Foundation has been able to provide an invaluable experience for our Medicine-Pediatrics residents at Rutgers Health New Jersey Medical School. With this opportunity, our residents are able to provide assistance to communities around the world."

- Kristin Wong, M.D., FACP, FAAP, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program Director

ACT Care Foundation

“ACT Care Foundation gives many thanks to RTW Foundation for the support they have given our organization to enable us to continue the work we do in our community. Flatbush usually doesn't receive enough resources and RTW's contribution has enabled us to feed thousands of families, provide PPE, supplies and referrals to healthcare access. Their partnership has been a true blessing.”

- Ann Marie Selfridge, Program Director, ACT Care Foundation

NYU Langone Health

"Led by the Senior Director of Nursing Wellness and Resilience at NYU Langone, this project aims to train 10 nurses to learn, practice, and implement non-pharmacological holistic integrative health practices they can then deliver to groups of nurses in at risk areas."

- NYU Langone

AICC

"AICC aims to pilot an adapted online version of an evidence-based mental health support program for 32 Black nurses and healthcare workers."

- African International Collaborative Center

ABC

"ABC’s Children’s Mobile Crisis Team (CMCT) provides rapid mental health crisis response to children in Manhattan 24/7. This grant would be used cover the salary of an additional mobile mental health clinician for one year to support children’s mental health needs in NYC."

- Association to Benefit Children