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  • William F. Ryan Community Health Center Thelma C. Davidson Adair Community Health Center Acquisition Priority Area: Special Projects Fund Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $200,001

    In 2009, Columbia University announced its intent to close the Thelma C. Davidson Adair Community Health Center (Thelma Adair), located in the medically underserved community of Central Harlem. Allowing Thelma Adair to close would have created a significant gap in health care capacity—current patients would lose their medical home and unmet community health needs would only have increased in this medically underserved area. The William F. Ryan Community Health Center (Ryan) is part of the Ryan Network—a group of Manhattan-based community health centers that was founded to provide community health care in the most underserved neighborhoods of New York City. Ryan was in a unique position to take over Thelma Adair. The center was located in Ryan’s catchment area, and Ryan had a strong reputation for managing community-based health centers. In December 2009, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Ryan to help ensure the smooth transition of Thelma Adair into its operations.

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society – NYC Chapter Merging the New York City and Southern New York Chapters of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $97,750

    While every state has been adversely affected by the economic recession that started in 2008, New York was hit especially hard. Diminished resources demand that nonprofit leaders rethink and reform their organizational missions, structures, and practices. With support from NYSHealth, the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, New York City (NYC) Chapter was awarded an Economic Recovery grant to ensure sustained services throughout the region and to defray the cost of merging with the Southern New York (NY) Chapter. As a result, the NYC and Southern NY Chapters of the National MS Society officially integrated on October 2009 to share operating expenses and increase efficiency.

  • Catholic Charities of Onondaga County Restructuring Catholic Charities Programs in Onondaga County Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $111,000

    Catholic Charities of Onondaga County (CCOC) is a faith-based human service organization that has addressed the needs of low-income populations since 1923. The agency offers two homeless shelters; education, youth, and family development programs at five neighborhood centers; a nutrition program for youth and seniors; refugee resettlement services; mental health programs; emergency services; and child abuse prevention programs. CCOC serves nearly 30,000 people each year across 50 different programs and is an important provider of social services in this region. The economic downturn of 2008 resulted in a growing demand for services at CCOC, but the organization was confronted by a significant reduction in key revenue areas as well as problems with its organizational structure. Certain functions at the organization overlapped, creating redundancies among services, while programs failed to focus on programmatic results. In October 2009, NYSHealth awarded CCOC a grant to streamline the organization from 50 loosely organized programs to a concentrated number of programs that are responsive to current and emerging community needs and that can focus on specific results.

  • AIDS Community Services of Western New York, Inc. Four Agency Financial and Data Management Systems Consolidation Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $161,184

    Four distinct nonprofit agencies aligned and affiliated under the Evergreen Health Services of Western New York (Evergreen) provide HIV screening and prevention services to thousands of residents in the Buffalo area: AIDS Community Services of WNY, Inc., (ACS), Alianza Latina Inc., PRIDE Center of WNY, Inc., and the Evergreen Foundation. In 2009, ACS and its service partners were struggling to maintain and improve the quality of their programming in the face of growing consumer demand; a shrinking and/or inadequately skilled labor pool; diminishing resources amid local, State, and national fiscal crises; and increased dispersion of clients in the community. In an effort to help the four agencies achieve efficiencies that would assist in overall quality improvement, outcomes administration, long-term cost savings, and consumer and employee satisfaction, NYSHealth awarded ACS a grant to consolidate the financial management services of the four Evergreen agencies so they could integrate and share one comprehensive financial system.

  • Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc. Benefits of a Combined Electronic Health Record and Quality Management Strategic Alliance between PPNYC and PP Nassau County Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $175,243

    As client visits dramatically increase along with the need to improve efficiencies, both Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) and Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PP Nassau County) believe that forming a strategic alliance around clinical services will allow for optimization of client services at both affiliates. PP Nassau County’s implementation of Electronic Health Records (EHR), serves as a platform that unifies both affiliate’s respective Quality Management (QM) programs. EHR and QM together enable both affiliates to provide a higher quality standard of care. Both affiliates benefit via improvements in efficiency, greater staff capacity, and a more stable revenue stream. Clients benefit through greater access and constantly evolving streamlined and improved customer service.

  • Health Association of Niagara County, Inc. Merging Agencies to Advance Disease Prevention in Niagara County Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $79,795

    In 2009, two organizations in Niagara County—Center for Joy, which serves vulnerable children and families, and Niagara County AIDS Task Force—were struggling to weather difficult economic times and sustain the funding necessary to provide vital services to community members. To save these two organizations, the Health Association of Niagara County (HANCI) proposed merging Center for Joy and Niagara County AIDS Task Force with its own operations. Through these potential consolidations, HANCI hoped to strengthen its disease prevention program; expand its reach and influence; garner positive publicity; and create new fundraising and development opportunities. The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded HANCI a grant to support efforts to strengthen its services by merging with Center for Joy and Niagara County AIDS Task Force.

  • Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health Advancing and Sustaining the Community Health Worker Field in New York State Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management $490,363

    Diabetes has become a growing health crises in New York State. Numerous studies have shown that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can help patients improve their health outcomes and reduce the use of resource-intensive health services. Despite the evidence supporting CHWs and the large number of trained CHWs in New York State (an estimated 11,000), the State’s CHW workforce previously had lacked a standard scope of practice and sustainable funding streams. In January 2010, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (Mailman School) to develop recommendations on standards, certification, and financing for CHWs in New York State. The project was conducted through a partnership between the Mailman School and the Community Health Worker Network of NYC.

  • Brownsville Community Development Corporation Preserving and Expanding Primary Care Access in Brooklyn Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $249,800

    The Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center (BMS), established by Brownsville Community Development Corporation (BCDC), serves residents of central Brooklyn with high rates of poverty and chronic diseases. From 2003 to 2007, three local hospitals, one federally qualified health center (FQHC), and more than sixteen community satellite clinics in Brooklyn closed. Facing the prospect of closing its primary care clinics, Long Island College Hospital (LICH), which is located in the Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, engaged BMS about transferring its primary care clinics to the auspice of BMS. BMS, a community-based FQHC, hoped to use its favorable Medicaid reimbursement rates and lower professional liability insurance costs to ensure that the primary care clinics operated more cost-effectively and achieved financial sustainability. In 2009, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded BCDC a grant to assist in the quick and seamless transfer of LICH’s primary care clinics to the jurisdiction of BMS.

  • Sunset Park Health Council (Lutheran Family Health Centers) Dental Clinic Preservation and Expansion Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $200,000

    For more than 40 years, Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC) has provided comprehensive primary and dental care to ethnically diverse, medically underserved neighborhoods around New York City. When budget cuts forced the City to eliminate its oral health program (OHP) in 2008, LFHC stepped in to mitigate the potentially catastrophic effect of the move. In operation since 1903, OHP was serving approximately 17,000 of the City’s most vulnerable children at the time of its closure. In 2009, NYSHealth awarded LFHC a grant to offset acquisition and startup costs for 12 of the 46 OHP dental clinics based in City public schools, and to make necessary investments in equipment, infrastructure, and health information technology.

  • University of Rochester and Starlight Pediatrics Integrating Primary and Mental Health Care for Children in Foster Care Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $296,850

    Mental health problems are a significant health concern for children in foster care. On any given day, approximately 510,000 children are in foster care, with total foster care placement estimated at 795,000 annually in the United States. Seventy percent of children have been admitted to foster care because of child abuse and neglect, which are strong predictors of poor long-term outcomes. These children suffer from high rates of chronic medical, developmental, and mental health problems. Starlight Pediatrics is a model pediatric medical home in Rochester, serving all 700 children in family-based foster care in Monroe County through 3,400 visits per year. Operating for nearly two decades, Starlight Pediatrics is the oldest existing centralized medical home model for children in foster care in the country. In addition to providing comprehensive primary care services, Starlight Pediatrics provides all health care management services for children in foster family care. To address both the primary care and mental health needs of children in foster care, Starlight Pediatrics implemented the Fostering Connections program, which integrated on-site mental health services and parent training in the same location where medical care is provided. In 2009, NYSHealth awarded University of Rochester and Starlight Pediatrics a grant to support Fostering Connections.

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