Northwell Health recently announced the opening of a health clinic for Belmont Park workers.
“The clinic will provide a continuum of care and offer wellness programs for the thousands of backstretch workers at Belmont Park,” Northwell Health said in a statement on Oct. 28, referring to workers who work in stables and with horses at the racetrack. “The free program is part of Northwell’s commitment to providing equitable care to all New Yorkers,” the statement added.
The 1,000-square-foot health clinic was run by another operator until October 2020. Northwell will offer services in collaboration with the New York Racing Association, the organization that operates the track, and the Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York, or BEST, the nonprofit that works to better the health and social welfare needs of several thousand backstretch workers.
“BEST is thrilled to collaborate again with Northwell to provide the hardworking backstretch workers of Belmont and Aqueduct with on-going, first-class primary and preventative care,” said the organization’s executive director, Paul Ruchames.
Many backstretch workers are Hispanic migrants who live in dorms at the park, Northwell said in the statement, adding that issues such as language barriers have created health care complications for workers in the past.
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