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  • Hudson River HealthCare Yonkers Health Access Project Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $250,000

    Yonkers, the fourth largest city in New York State, has been federally designated as a Medically Underserved Area. The city lacks an adequate primary care infrastructure and access to care for its most disenfranchised residents, resulting in the use of the outpatient clinics of St. John’s Riverside and St. Joseph’s Medical Center as safety nets for low-income individuals. In 2009, as the worsening economic crisis threatened the capacity of these clinics to sustain its services, St. John’s Riverside and Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) decided to transition St. John’s two Valentine Lane Family Practice centers to HRHCare’s network of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). That same year, NYSHealth awarded a grant to HRHCare to assist in the transition from Valentine Lane Family Practice centers to HRHCare sites.

  • Callen-Lorde Community Health Center Establishing On-Site Pharmacy Access at a Community Health Center Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $300,000

    Lack of access to pharmacy services is a particular problem for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities and people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to being unable to afford medications, many of these patients feel stigmatized or judged in health care settings. Numerous studies have found that pharmaceutical access within a multidisciplinary care team improves coordination of care for a patient, increases the patient's ability to adhere to a prescribed treatment course, and improves health outcomes. In 2007, the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (CLCHC) found that its membership in the 340B Drug Pricing Program, a Federal program which allows health centers to offer deeply discounted medications to their patients, was being underutilized; only 10-15% of its 44,000 patients were using the designated off-site community retail pharmacy to fill prescriptions. In May 2009, NYSHealth awarded CLCHC a grant to establish an on-site integrated pharmacy to improve health care outcomes and increase medication adherence among the underserved populations reached through CLCHC’s primary care and related services.

  • New York University College of Dentistry Columbia County Oral Health Intervention Program Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $197,682

    In mid-2009, a significant proportion of Columbia County’s children in the Capital Region were at high risk for oral disease due to a number of factors, including poverty; lack of water fluoridation; cultural and environmental issues; diet; and limited oral hygiene education. Access to dental care providers also played an important role in increasing risk; no private dentists within the county accepted Medicaid, despite 750 children relying on it for their medical care. In the city of Hudson alone, there were no pediatric dentists, and the planned discontinuation of Columbia County Memorial Hospital’s dental services program further lessened access to care. As a major provider of dental services to New York State’s Medicaid population, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD) decided to intervene and initiated the Columbia County Oral Health Intervention Program. The program intended to reduce dental caries in approximately 1,500 children from kindergarten through sixth grade by 95% over a three-year period. In April 2009, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded NYUCD a one-year grant, which was eventually extended to two years, to cover the start-up costs of the program. NYUCD supplied the requisite dental supplies, equipment, clinical resources, and administration, while its faculty, postgraduate pediatric dentistry residents, and graduating dental and dental hygiene students served patients.

  • Medicare Rights Center Saving State Dollars by Expanding Enrollment in Medicare Savings Programs Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $60,000

    At the time of this grant, approximately 350,000 of New York State’s senior citizens were enrolled in both the federally financed Medicare Part D drug benefit and New York State’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) programs; roughly 150,000 of these individuals reside in New York City. Medicare Part D provides prescription drug coverage for these seniors, and EPIC provides wraparound coverage for prescription drug benefits not covered by Part D with State funds. An analysis of EPIC data revealed that approximately 15,000 EPIC enrollees were likely to be eligible for more generous Federal prescription drug coverage through the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program. In addition, they may be eligible for one of three Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs). The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) funded the Medicare Rights Center (MRC) in a two-phase project aimed at increasing the number of low-income Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MSPs and the LIS program.

  • National Urban Fellows, Inc. Internship of the National Urban Fellows, Class of 2010 Priority Area: Other $126,000

    To maximize each fellow’s talents while also providing a rich learning experience, NYSHealth assigns concrete projects and goals to allow fellows to focus their time and energy. Connecting the fellow’s interests and existing skill set with opportunities to grow, expand, and attain new competencies makes for a fulfilling experience for the fellow as well as for the mentoring organization.

  • RAND Corporation Needs Assessment of Returning Veterans and their Families Priority Area: Veterans' Health $494,900

    In 2009, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) commissioned RAND, Inc. to perform New York’s first statewide needs assessment to examine the health, mental health, and social issues of returning veterans. The report was commissioned shortly after the national “Invisible Wounds” study conducted by RAND in 2008. The needs assessment focused directly on veterans living in New York State, including veterans who currently use U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs services, as well as those who do not, and considered needs across a broad range of domains. NYSHealth and its grantees have used this study to inform key stakeholders and policymakers across New York State, and to make recommendations in order to improve the wellbeing of veterans.

  • New York Health Purchasing Alliance, Inc., d/b/a HealthPass HealthPass-Healthy NY Integration Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $103,190

    HealthPass is a nonprofit initiative that offers an array of insurance plans to small businesses. With a planning grant from the New York State Health Foundation’s “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State” program, HealthPass analyzed the feasibility of adding Healthy NY, a State-sponsored insurance plan that offers coverage to businesses with 50 or fewer employees, sole proprietors, and individuals, to the HealthPass menu of insurance plans. For those who met the income-based eligibility criteria, the State subsidized benefits, allowing Healthy NY to offer premiums at a lower cost. HealthPass believed that if Healthy NY could be brought into HealthPass, more small businesses would provide coverage to their low-income workers.

    This grant was one of five organizations that received a planning grant from the 2008 NYSHealth request for proposals (RFP), “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State.” The RFP grew directly out of the Foundation’s desire to generate ideas for expanding health insurance options for small businesses and sole proprietors.

    Read an NYSHealth special report that contains a summary of findings from this RFP.

  • New York State Health Maintenance Organization Council, Inc. – New York Diabetes Coalition Primary Care Practice and Regional Stakeholders Assessment Project Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $62,414

    The New York Diabetes Coalition (NYDC) is a volunteer collaboration of more than 70 organizations across New York State, including health plans, professional medical societies, and health-focused and community-based organizations dedicated to improving care for New Yorkers with diabetes. NYDC worked with the New York State Health Foundation’s Diabetes Campaign to assess opportunities for, and barriers to, improving health outcomes for patients with diabetes in primary care practices.

  • Health Research, Inc. – Center for Health Workforce Studies Assessment of Certified Diabetes Educators in New York State Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $124,236

    Diabetes prevalence in New York State has doubled since 1994 and is expected to grow; 1.8 million New Yorkers suffer from diabetes and 4.2 million have prediabetes. Certified diabetes educators (CDEs) are trained clinicians who work with people with diabetes to help them become proficient in self-managing their health. In 2009, the New York State Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs began providing reimbursement for CDE services. However, little was known about the CDE workforce in New York State and whether the new reimbursement mechanism would enable more people to access diabetes self-management programs. To address this information gap, NYSHealth funded the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) to conduct a market analysis of the CDE workforce, the results of which would help inform the broader clinical and policy goals of the Foundation's Diabetes Campaign.

  • New York State Catholic Health Plan, Inc., d/b/a Fidelis Care New York Leveraging Coverage Through "Employer Partnerships For Family Health Plus" Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $99,820

    Fidelis Care is the business name for the New York State Catholic Health Plan, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) managed care organization for members who receive health insurance from  Medicaid, Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus, Family Health Plus Employer Buy-in, and some categories of Medicare. With a planning grant from the New York State Health Foundation’s “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State” program, Fidelis Care examined the feasibility of expanding the Family Health Plus Employer Buy-in program to employers outside of those belonging to the Section 1199 Benefit Fund.

    This grant was one of five organizations that received a planning grant from the 2008 NYSHealth request for proposals (RFP), “Expanding Coverage Options in the Small Group and Individual Market in New York State.” The RFP grew directly out of the Foundation’s desire to generate ideas for expanding health insurance options for small businesses and sole proprietors.

    Read an NYSHealth special report that contains a summary of findings from this RFP.

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