Increasing Cancer Care For Underserved New Yorkers

Lower Income Communities of Color Face Tremendous Disadvantages Accessing & Navigating a Complex System for Cancer and Blood Diseases – Partnership Between SOMOS Innovation & NYCBS Brings Relief and State of the Art Service to Over One Million Patients 

Two critical health care organizations in New York announce a transformative partnership that will immediately increase care, awareness, and access to cancer and blood disease prevention services and other lifesaving oncology and oncology-related care, particularly for lower income New Yorkers of color. New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) is one of the nation’s leading oncology practices. SOMOS Innovation drives transformative health innovations that empower physicians and advance health care delivery for the most vulnerable. SOMOS’ network of more than 2,500 providers focus on preventive care, health access, health equity and social care for over one million Medicaid recipients in New York. Together, SOMOS Innovation and NYCBS will bring peace of mind to hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers desperately in need of patient-centric, physician-led, in-language peace of mind, methods of entry, and health information and health education.

“SOMOS Innovation is focused on preventive care – yet when complex diagnoses are made, our patients – too often isolated by income, profession, language and barriers to care – will now have immediate access to one of the finest oncology networks in the country,” said Dr. Ramon Tallaj, Chairman of SOMOS Innovation. This partnership will transform care quality for the underserved in our neighborhoods and provide care and relief for our patients. It is also through partnerships like this one that SOMOS quickly evolves into a social care network.” 

“This exciting partnership with NYCBS will bring top-notch cancer care to our patients throughout the communities we serve,” said Nicholas Youngstrom, CEO of SOMOS Innovation. “This continues to build upon our mission to ensure patients throughout our communities have access to high-quality comprehensive health and social care services.”

“New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is proud to partner with SOMOS to provide its network of over 1 million patients in New York’s underserved communities with world-class, patient-centered, affordable cancer care,” said Jeff Vacirca, MD, Chief Executive Officer of NYCBS. “We are excited to bring to the equation comprehensive, cutting-edge cancer care and research at over 37 locations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Upstate New York. This partnership will allow us to further support our mission of achieving health equity, preventing health disparities, and delivering accessible healthcare to all.”

About New York Cancer & Blood Specialists:

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) is a leading oncology practice in the New York Metropolitan area committed to providing world-class, patient-centered, affordable care to patients with cancer and blood disorders in their own communities, close to family and friends. NYCBS has more than 30 locations and 35 hospital affiliations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties, in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Upstate New York. We offer a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to care that utilizes the most advanced imaging, state-of-the-art therapies, cutting-edge clinical trials, on-site pharmacies, and an in-house laboratory with a full range of pathology services. Advocating for and ensuring the health and well-being of our patients is and always will be our top priority. 

About SOMOS Innovation:

SOMOS Innovation is New York’s only provider-led, community-based integrated social care network to implement full-risk contracts for the Medicaid population. Through collaboration across stakeholders, SOMOS Innovation improves health equity in underserved communities leading to better, healthier lives for vulnerable populations. SOMOS Innovation is a full implementation of the holistic care model and the next step on the path to culturally competent Value-Based healthcare. For more information, visit



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