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  • Center for Excellence in Aging Services/Research Foundation of SUNY Cost Effective Delivery of an Active Choices Health Promotion Program Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $124,512

    The Active Choices program is a telephone-assisted counseling program developed by the Stanford Prevention Research Center, which has been found to increase physical activity among older adults (ages 50 years and older). Under the project, “Cost-effective Delivery of an Active Choices Health Promotion Program,” the Center for Excellence in Aging Services (the Center) at the Research Foundation of the State University of Albany implemented a volunteer-led Active Choices program for seniors in four New York State communities.

  • Westfield Memorial Hospital Amish Midwifery Care Program Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $114,000

    The Amish communities of Northwestern Chautauqua County deliver approximately 65–80 babies per year with no professional assistance. Prenatal care, including routine tests and examinations to predict potential complications, are not available in the area. According to Amish customs and beliefs, women do not seek prenatal care during, or after, their pregnancy. As a result, the number of unanticipated complications at birth is greatly increased among this population. With NYSHealth’s support, Westfield Memorial Hospital improved access to prenatal and postnatal care for these Amish families by providing a comprehensive ambulatory midwifery care program for mothers and babies—in the home or in a local clinic—therefore making the site of health care more accessible and culturally appropriate.

  • The Transition Network A Healthcare Collaborative: Grassroots Caring Communities Connecting with Health Providers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $144,325

    In 2011, the first of America’s 80 million baby boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964) turned 65. As the population ages, the country faces a dwindling supply of professional caregivers; weakened family ties; and an increasingly fragmented health care system that undermines availability of, access to, and quality of care. Community and voluntary associations, with their shared space, common interests, values, and traditions, are an overlooked resource. Strengthening these communities to better help their own constituents is consistent with a national interest in service and community building, innovation, and more efficient delivery of health care. To meet the growing needs of this community, the New York State Health Foundation awarded The Transition Network (TTN) a grant to build a Caring Collaborative, a model that teaches members how to work to preserve and promote healthy independence both for themselves and for all TTN members.

  • Schenectady Inner City Ministry Spiritually Sound – Physically Fit Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $115,000

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New York, taking the lives of nearly 60,000 residents each year. Blacks, in particular, are more likely to die prematurely than whites: they are 30% more likely to die from cardiovascular disease; 25% more likely to die from cerebrovascular disease; 19% more likely to die from congestive heart failure; and 48% more likely to die from a stroke. A recent Schenectady County health assessment found that mortality rates for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases are above average in New York. In particular, the Schenectady County Public Health Services found that hospitalization rates related to heart disease and diabetes were different for blacks depending on where they lived: residents in the lowest-income zip code had higher hospitalization rates than those living in the highest-income zip code. To address these disparities, NYSHealth awarded the Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) a grant to implement the Spiritually Sound – Physically Fit (SSPF) program in four predominantly black congregations and one drop-in HIV/AIDS center, all of which were located in the lowest-income zip code.

  • Queens Library Foundation, Inc. “Know Better – Feel Better”: Queens Library’s Health Literacy Program Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $200,000

    Immigrants and American-born individuals with low literacy skills are among those nationwide who experience the harmful consequences of low health literacy. According to the Queens Library Foundation, the borough of Queens, New York is home to more than one million foreign-born residents who speak 161 distinct languages. Nearly 300,000 residents speak English “not well” or “not at all.” These new immigrants are among the most vulnerable in the health care system. In January 2008, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded a $200,000 grant to support the Queens Library Foundation in institutionalizing a health literacy program that had been started with funding from the Langeloth Foundation. Know Better-Feel Better targets low-level English language learners – those who begin with little or no English skills. Queens Library knows of no other such curriculum nationwide for this population.

    Throughout the grant period, the Queens Library Adult Learner Beginning Level Health Literacy Curriculum was distributed at conferences and via online links. Lesson plans, accompanying student worksheets, and audio files are online and freely available to the public.

  • New York eHealth Collaborative Public Education and Consumer Engagement in New York State Health Information Technology Strategy Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $399,740

    There is an urgent need to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency in New York State and broad use of Health Information Technology (HIT) will facilitate a secure and interoperable health information exchange. The activities planned under this grant were designed to further develop and implement the statewide collaboration process with the ultimate goal of advancing HIT adoption and use. Because HIT and the health information exchange infrastructure is intended as a public good, NYeC’s vision included engaging the public in understanding, using, and evaluating HIT and health information exchange capabilities, both as individual consumers and patients and as part of a community engaged in these activities.

  • Research Foundation of the City University of New York (CUNY) - Lehman College CUNY-Community Partnership for Public Health Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $509,444

    Community-based organizations (CBOs) serve an important function in the field of public health, working directly with local populations who otherwise may not have direct access to much-needed services. These connections to vulnerable populations give workers of these organizations a valuable perspective on the true needs of New York City’s neighborhoods. Yet many CBOs face a shortage of financial and human resources, which influences their ability to address effectively and comprehensively community health-related needs. Realizing the need to build the capacity of these CBOs, the City University of New York (CUNY) Institute for Health Equity applied for and received a grant from the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) to employ the resources of CUNY public health graduate programs to provide CBOs with capacity-building resources.

  • Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Stop Hep (B) Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $66,218

    The Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS) undertook a one-year, special opportunities project to increase the awareness and promotion of hepatitis B-related preventive practices among Korean Americans in New York City through the creation of a culturally and linguistically appropriate social marketing campaign. Its “Stop Hep B!” program provided high-quality, culturally and linguistically competent hepatitis B health education. The television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) developed as part of this initiative appeared to have an impact on knowledge, use of services, and number of hepatitis B screenings as viewers and listeners rated the effectiveness of the PSAs highly. However, after broadcasting the PSAs and coordinating weekly hepatitis B screenings and vaccinations, daily call volume on hepatitis B-related inquiries received by KCS’ public health program increased from 300 to 500 calls, falling short of KCS’ proposed goal to increase volume from 500 to 1,000 calls.

  • His Branches, Inc. Conversion to Community Health Center Status Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $23,000

    Private practitioners working in association with His Branches have provided medical services at its current location for the past 30 years. In today’s contracted reimbursement environment, however, the sustainability of these services is in question. This $23,000 special opportunity grant has provided funding to convert His Branches' health clinic to an article 28 Diagnostic and treatment Facility. Conversion to article 28 status allows for increased Medicaid reimbursements and community support in the form of donations and grants, as well as additional state and Federal reimbursements, which would make it possible for His Branches to provide services to more people.

  • Commission on the Public’s Health System 100 Years - Child Health Planning & Child Health Initiative Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $153,000

    Access to health care services is particularly difficult for the uninsured who live in low-income, medically underserved communities. As a result, many children and their families are left without access to primary care and preventive services. The Child Health Initiative sought to underscore the importance of Child Health Clinics by providing access to primary and preventive health care in medically underserved areas, and to advertise their existence to low-income, immigrant families of color.

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