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  • The What To Expect Foundation Baby Basics: Prenatal Health Literacy Program at MIC Women's Health Centers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $299,919

    The United States infant mortality rate is higher than that of 29 other nations, and more than 40 million adults have limited literacy skills. Many at-risk women do not receive comprehensive, coordinated care and health literacy education that would lead to healthier pregnancies and to building skills that would assist them in advocating for their own and their family’s health. Under this grant, the What to Expect Foundation (WTEF) collaborated with Public Health Solutions (PHS) to roll out its pilot-tested Baby Basics Program to low-income, low-literacy expectant and new mothers seeking prenatal and postpartum care at several New York City maternal and child health clinics run by PHS (MIC-Women’s Health Services sites). The Baby Basics Program provides health literacy tools, training, and technical assistance to everyone who works with a pregnant woman, from the receptionist, to the doctor, to the home visitor—so they can better communicate and educate underserved, expecting women. During the course of the grant, more than 5,000 mothers were reached through the five MIC sites and the home visiting programs, exceeding its expected outcomes.

  • Project Renewal Use of the ScanVan for Tuberculosis and Breast Cancer Screening Among Poor and Homeless New Yorkers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $230,000

    Low-income, minority, and homeless people in New York City suffer from health problems at far greater rates than the population as a whole. A high incidence of breast cancer and tuberculosis exists among this population, yet many individuals lack access to standard of care procedures for these illnesses, including mammography screenings, breast health education services and chest x-rays. In 2007, Project Renewal and the City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Department of Homeless Services responded to this gap in care by launching The Scan Van, a mobile mammography and tuberculosis screening clinic serving people living in New York City’s homeless shelters and other very low-income individuals. NYSHealth awarded Project Renewal a grant to partially support ongoing operations of The ScanVan for its first two years.

  • Northern New York Rural Health Care Alliance, Inc. You’re Never Too Small to Save a Life: Quality of Care in Critical Access Hospitals Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $69,593

    New York State has 13 Critical Access Hospitals that serve as lifelines to the communities where they are located. Critical Access Hospitals tend to have tight operating budgets, small staff volumes, and unpredictable revenue, all circumstances under which quality improvement courses, techniques, and campaigns are generally not feasible. Moreover, communication between these 13 Critical Access Hospitals is limited, with no opportunities for them to learn from each other or consult on shared concerns.

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