The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Community Advisory Board

The purpose of the CAB, as outlined in the bylaws, is as follows:

“The primary purpose of this Board, (an informed constituency) shall be to serve as a forum to assist and advise The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (herein the Medical Center) in fulfilling its service, educational, and research objectives in a way which is responsive to health care needs of consumers, with particular emphasis on the needs of the East Harlem community residents. The Board shall be responsible for hearing and presenting the needs and opinions of patients, and of the community, and provide community input on any projected plans and needs of the Medical Center.”

The Board consists of thirty (30) members, sixteen (16) “consumers” (East Harlem residents, community leaders, and those who receive health services through Mount Sinai Hospital) and fourteen (14) “providers” (clinical and nonclinical staff of Mount Sinai Hospital). “Consumer” members, who are nominated or apply, must make application for membership.

The Board meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday, at 5:30 PM, unless this date falls on a major holiday. 

Standing Committees

  1. Membership Committee – The Membership Committee reviews all nominations and applications for membership. It also assesses current membership and makes recommendations to the Board regarding any changes to membership. The Membership Committee will usually meet monthly, as is necessary.
  2. Community Input Committee – The CAB is committed to hearing from community members and advocates from the East Harlem community. The committee is tasked with meeting with these local neighborhood groups and advocates, and listening to their feedback regarding Mount Sinai, and any other germane health issues impacting residents of the community.
  3. Project and Program Review Committee – The Project and Program Review Committee assesses projects and programs at the Medical Center and provides feedback to administration regarding any changes or updates to these projects/programs. The Project and Program Review Committee meets monthly, the 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:45 p.m., 45 minutes prior to the main monthly CAB meeting.
  4. Program Planning Committee – The Program Planning Committee coordinates the program topics for the monthly CAB meetings, and they also put together questions for the speaker prior to the presentation. There is a monthly Program Planning Committee conference call at least three (3) weeks before the following CAB meeting. The Committee also communicates with staff regularly via email.
  5. Bylaws Committee – The Bylaws Committee reviews/revises the bylaws as necessary. This is an ad hoc committee, which meets only when the board decides that bylaw changes are necessary.