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Sharing What Works

As a statewide organization committed to improving the health of all New Yorkers, NYSHealth is interested in supporting efforts that can have wide-scale impact. Even if we sometimes start small, supporting a program at one organization or serving one community, we continually focus on how an idea that works in one city might be replicated and spread regionally, throughout the State, or even nationally. When we see a promising or proven idea, we and our grantees and partners have a role to play in testing and spreading that model to create broader impact. For example:

  • An NYSHealth-supported project with Rochester General Hospital program to provide screenings and services to refugees was extremely successful; the Foundation is now investing in its spread to other communities with high refugee populations across New York State.

  • Our support of the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) for medical-legal partnership programs—in which health care providers and attorneys work together onsite at medical facilities to identify and resolve legal issues affecting patients’ well-being—helped to spread and raise the profile of the program. In September 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the Health-Related Legal Services Programs Law, the first in the nation to endorse the importance of providing free legal services onsite at health care facilities and establish standards for their implementation.

  • We have been working with the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester to spread its community-based service model to connect veterans and their families to health care and mental health services, education and employment services, housing support, and other social services to improve their health and well-being as they return home. A new blueprint report and technical assistance helps other communities to benefit from the center's experience in Rochester.

NYSHealth's financial resources are relatively modest; the $15 million or so we spend annually is 0.03% of what New York's Medicaid program spends. Whenever possible, we strive to leverage our limited dollars to achieve the most impact, collaborating with other funders and partners to replicate and spread promising and proven models.