We know there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a person’s health and wellbeing.
Our work rests on three pillars – health, mobility, and community. Together these form a strong foundation for collaborating with our members to improve their social determinants of health, including economic factors, housing, education, nutrition, social context, and access to healthcare. This collaboration, in turn, enhances our members’ independence and vastly improves their lives. ICS staff serve as members’ advocates and coaches, coordinate their healthcare services, and help them set and meet personal goals.
Our members are people who have spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. Our members range from 18 to 103. More than two-thirds of ICS members (69 percent) are people of color.
ICS is the first and only “health home” program designated by the State of New York as expert in working with people with physical disabilities. A health home is not a place to live. It is a group of professions working together to help vulnerable populations – in our case, New Yorkers with moderate to severe physical disabilities – maximize their health and independence while living in the community.
We know there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to a person’s health and wellbeing. We make sure our members get the information and services that are most important to them, and that help them thrive. This may include finding them a doctor or specialists who understands their disability; connecting them with activities that educate and engage them; or helping them apply for public benefits such as food or accessible housing subsidies.