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Supporting Innovative Projects

NYSHealth’s Special Projects Fund (SPF) continues to support unique projects that are consistent with the Foundation’s mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable, but fall outside the Foundation’s priority areas. In 2012, NYSHealth awarded more than $2 million in SPF funds to support a diverse set of initiatives across the State, including projects that help low-income and elderly consumers understand and navigate the health system; improve access to health care in service areas with acute shortages; support and strengthen safety net providers to reach more people; and address statewide health system issues that could improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the system.

Three highlights of the 2012 SPF grants are:

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, to train medical professionals in emergency departments to identify youth who are victims of commercial sex exploitation, and to connect them with agencies that can support their exit and recovery from the commercial sex industry.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, to protect the long-term health of schoolchildren and school personnel by working with community boards, grassroots advocacy groups, and parents to improve clean ups at contaminated school sites.

Rochester General Hospital, to replicate a successful health care model that increases refugees’ access to high-quality primary care services in a cost-effective and financially sustainable manner.

The Foundation is accepting inquiries for 2013 SPF grants through April 19, 2013. View the application instructions and Request for Proposals.

Learn more about this funding initiative from NYSHealth Program Officer Brian Byrd in the video below.