Can Hospitals and Health Systems Heal America’s Communities?

New York State largest private sector employers (in alphabetical order)
  • Columbia University
  • Home Depot
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • New York-Presbyterian University Hospital
  • University of Rochester
  • Walmart
  • Wegmans Food Markets
New York City largest private sector employers (in alphabetical order)
  • Columbia University
  • Consolidated Edison
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • New Partners Inc.
  • North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • New York-Presbyterian University Hospital
  • NYU Hospitals Center
4 out of 10 of the largest private sector employers in New York State and 7 out of 10 of the largest private sector employers in New York City are healthcare providers.

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Physicians, healthcare administrators, and hospital trustees face an important and historic leadership opportunity that our country and our communities desperately need. Hospitals and health systems throughout the country are beginning to build on their charitable efforts, beyond traditional corporate social responsibility, to adopt elements of an anchor mission in their business models and operations.
For most Americans, the term “healthcare” connotes accessing good quality doctors and getting treatment once ill, with a smattering of lifestyle actions that can be taken to try to prevent illness, such as exercise, diet, and supplements. Hospitals, many believe, exist to take care of sick people.
But in recent years, the healthcare sector has expanded its focus beyond illness treatment alone to what creates health in the first place, tackling the challenging social, economic, and environmental issues that, to a large extent, determine our health status, our outlook, and our life expectancy. These are the “social determinants of health,” a complex of factors related to where people are born, grow, work, live, and age. They represent the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life that drive health outcomes, such as inequality, social mobility, community stability, and the quality of civic life.
For over two decades, overwhelming evidence from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources suggests that social, economic, and environmental factors are more significant predictors of health than access to care. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute found that over 40 percent of the factors that contribute to the length and quality of life are social and economic; another 30 percent are health behaviors, directly shaped by socio-economic factors; and another 10 percent are related to the physical environment where we live and make day to day choices—again inextricably linked to social and economic realities. Just 10 to 20 percent of what creates health is related to access to care, and the quality of the services received.

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Harlem Magazine Because Digital Ads Suck & Google Is An Old Business

The new model of advertising and branding demands that companies improve public life and satisfy the needs of our higher sacred selves.

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Click the image above for a rough draft of Harlem Magazine.

Ad Spending

Google has more revenue than all U.S. print newspapers and magazines combined.
Yet direct mail is still the biggest single direct marketing channel, worth around $45 billion a year in the US alone. But it’s increasingly clear that printed marketing communications work best when used in conjunction with digital channels such as email, personalized web pages (PURLs), database marketing, and mobile elements.

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Ask, Seek & Knock: Discovering the Mystery of Life

Ask, Seek & Knock

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
~ Matthew 21:22

Bed-Stuy Magazine

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Ask, Seek & Knock
A Religious-Themed AR Game for World Peace
The hottest craze right now is Pokémon Go. It has now topped Twitter’s daily users, and it sees people spending more time in its app than in Facebook.

Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go is an example of augmented reality (AR). Instead of using Pokémon (pocket monsters), we are developing an augmented reality game that uses similar game mechanics but with religious themes.
When we look at each other, we are seeing the past. That is to say, what we see before us has happened. Science, logic and waking consciousness all deal with things that have happened. Science and reason can only predict what will happen if what will happen repeats what has happened. They cannot predict absolute novelty. The creativity of religion, mythology, and dream consciousness is the present. It is becoming. It is our very becoming. And a person with an intuition on that level can intuit the destiny of nations.
Waking consciousness, science, rational life, perfectly good but don’t try to interpret religion and your dreams in terms of reason. And don’t try to interpret faith in terms of science and logic. Religious imagery is telling you what is becoming. Reason is telling you what has become. The mystery of life is on the level of faith and dreams. So have faith, keep believing, and don’t be afraid to dream.

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Terabit Westchester

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) earlier this year voted 3-2 to redefined broadband as being at least 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. The voted was divided along party lines, Chairman Tom Wheeler along with Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel voted in favor of the new definition while Commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Ajit Pai voted against the new definition.
This definition of broadband is still way too slow. In American cities like New York, you can buy a 500 Mbps connection that’s 58 times faster than the U.S. average. Here’s the catch: It’ll cost you $300 a month, according to the New America Foundation’s Cost of Connectivity report. In Seoul, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, however, you can get twice the speed, a 1000 Mbps (1 Gbps) connection, for under $40 a month. In New York and Los Angeles for under $40, Time Warner Cable offers a 15 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload connection.

Download speeds

In the United States broadband is both more expensive and slower at the same time. And this is mostly due to government policy as Susan Crawford writes in Captive Audience:
Instead of ensuring that everyone in America can compete in a global economy, instead of narrowing the divide between rich and poor, instead of supporting competitive free markets for American inventions that use information—instead, that is, of ensuring that America will lead the world in the information age—U.S. politicians have chosen to keep Comcast and its fellow giants happy.
Susan Crawford

Susan Crawford with Bill Moyers (

Today, Internet backbone connections tend to run at 40 Gigabits (Gb) per second, while 100Gb is becoming more common. That’s good, but that’s not good enough. Fortunately, new research projects point the way to the terabit (Tb) Internet. And we would like to ensure that Westchester is in the forefront of implementing terabit Internet technology.

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Free WiFi in New Rochelle and a Million New Good Jobs

We will bring Free WiFi to Lincoln Park & Ruby Dee Park at Library Green in New Rochelle

Free WiFi in the Parks

Free WiFi in the Parks
Building a Network to Bridge the Digital Divide
Thursday, September 15th at 6:30 pm
The Salvation Army
22 Church Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801
(l. to r.)Clayton Banks, Samsung President of Global Innovation Center David Eun, Congressman Charles Rangel, and Silicon Harlem Co-founder Bruce Lincoln. Click image to visit Silicon Harlem website

(l. to r.) Clayton Banks, President Samsung Global Innovation Center David Eun, Congressman Charles Rangel, and Silicon Harlem Co-founder Bruce Lincoln. Click image to visit Silicon Harlem website

Clayton Banks is the Founder, President and Executive Producer of Ember Media Corporation. He has been a pioneer in the cable and communications industry for over two decades. He leads the vision for Ember Media, a development group that builds digital solutions and interactive applications for top brands and non-profit organizations, across multiple platforms.

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Interview with Ph.D. Candidate Fred Campbell

Fred Campbell

Fred Campbell

Frederick “Fred” Cambell is a former football player at New Rochelle High School and Stanford University. He is currently working on Ph.D. in statistics at Rice University.

Fred Campbell and his mother

Fred and his mother Mary Campbell

Terrance Jackson: You were born in Fairbanks, Alaska, how did your family end up in New Rochelle, NY?
Fred Campbell: Through work, my dad was working for GE, and ending up moving to Connecticut. We were living at Oakland at the time, so we moved from Oakland to New Rochelle.

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New Ro Football Coach Louis DiRienzo

New Rochelle Football coach Louis Di Rienzo

Interview with New Rochelle football coach Louis DiRienzo
Terrance Jackson: Your teams have won two state championships (2003 and 2012), and they also have won the New York State Section 1 AA championship nine times since 2003, including five straight from 2006 to 2010. What does it take to run a successful football program?
Louis DiRienzo: Well, the first thing it takes is good football players. But secondly, I like to think there’s a lot of things that goes into running a successful football program. One of the things is… My tongue is still kind of swollen [Coach DiRienzo did this interview immediately after having a root canal]. One of the things is the continuity in coaching staff. My coaching staff has been together for a long time now.
The next thing that goes into it, is there’s a process. We just don’t show up in August and start playing football. In January, we start with the off-training season and off-season weight training program. Then that moves into our speed program. Then it moves into summer camps. It’s just a process that we as coaches believe in and the kids have brought into that process and they understand.
Our motto around here, or one of our mottos is, believe in the process, the outcomes will take care of itself. So I think it’s a kid’s willingness to believe in the process and grasp in it, has lead to a lot of our success. But at the end of the day, good football players make good football coaches a lot faster than good football coaches make good football players.
New Rochelle football team

New Rochelle football team 2015 Section 1 AA Champion for the first time since 2012

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