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  • Jefferson County Public Health Service Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,827

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s building healthy communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Jefferson County Public Health Services (JCPHS) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • University of Rochester Project ECHO – Expanding and Achieving Financial Sustainability of ECHO PSYCH in New York State Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $50,000

    Project ECHO®, which originated at the University of New Mexico, is an innovative model of health care education and delivery that can significantly improve the treatment of chronic and complex diseases for rural and underserved populations. Unlike the typical telemedicine service model, the Project ECHO model uses Web-based videoconferencing to create virtual grand rounds, which dramatically increase access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line physicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions. It does this by engaging primary care physicians at rural sites in a continuous learning system and virtually partnering them with an interdisciplinary team of specialist mentors (e.g., psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology, pharmacy) at an academic medical center. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded a grant to University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) to launch ECHO GEMH, the first Project ECHO clinic in New York State. ECHO GEMH equipped primary care providers in rural counties across New York State with the skills to provide geriatric mental health services in underserved communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to URMC to support the continuation and expansion of Project ECHO.

  • Community Solutions International, Inc. Brownsville Community Engagement Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $50,000

    Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative, NYSHealth is supporting six communities across the State in their efforts to increase residents’ access to nutritious food, opportunities for physical activity, and other initiatives that encourage healthy living. Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantees and their partners have sought ways to increase community engagement so they can equip residents with the tools they need to advocate for healthy, affordable food and safer parks and public spaces in which to be physically active. Community engagement not only helps shape a neighborhood’s future, but also ensures that improvements are sustainable. To advance community engagement efforts, NYSHealth is allocating up to $50,000 to each Healthy Neighborhoods Fund site toward additional training, capacity building, and other activities that lead to deep engagement with neighborhood residents. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Community Solutions a grant as part of this effort.

  • Northeast Business Group on Health Safe Birth NY: Empowering Women to Use Hospital Quality Data When Deciding Where to Give Birth Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $225,000

    Too often the health care system puts patients last, when they should come first. Consumers and patients are frequently marginalized, rather than placed at the center of the health care system and treated as its most important customers. The interests of providers, payers, and other organized stakeholders take precedence over the patient in many cases. NYSHealth seeks to amplify the voice of the health care consumer and increase the information and tools available so that patients have more influence over their health and health care. To change the current dynamic and increase health care consumers’ choice, control, and convenience, NYSHealth issued a request for proposals, Empowering Health Care Consumers in New York State. Through this initiative, NYSHealth is funding ambitious, large-scale projects and studies to increase consumers’ access to their own health information; provide new tools and resources that will inform consumer health care decision-making; and identify strategies that meaningfully engage consumers in determining the types of health care services available in their local communities. NYSHealth awarded Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, Inc. (WCNY) Becoming a Savvier Health Care Consumer Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $100,207

    The health care system is incredibly complex to understand and navigate, and consumer-friendly information about prices, quality, and other aspects of care is lacking. Arming consumers with information will help them make savvier decisions about their own health and health care and give them a greater sense of control over those decisions. The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York—known as WCNY—serves as Central New York’s public media organization that works to engage, educate, entertain, and connect the communities it serves to a rich array of quality resources and experiences. To reach millions of New Yorkers and help them become more informed health care consumers, NYSHealth awarded WCNY a grant in 2017 to provide them with easy-to-understand health care information, tools, resources, and exemplary stories of real people actively engaged in their health care.

  • The New York and Presbyterian Hospital Implementing OpenNotes at an Accountable Care Organization Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $199,908

    Although health care consumers have access to growing amounts of health information, they are often left to tie together many pieces of information from their medical records. Notes from a doctor visit, on the other hand, are far more comprehensive and can facilitate organized care—but without written notes, patients may easily forget their doctor’s advice or get it wrong. Begun in 2010, OpenNotes is a national initiative to create partnerships toward better health and health care by giving everyone on the medical team, including the patient, access to the same information. For elderly patients who often have multiple medical conditions and a large team of providers and caregivers, OpenNotes can provide easier access to medical notes and improve care coordination. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the New York and Presbyterian Hospital, an accountable care organization (ACO) known as NewYork Quality Care (jointly formed by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) a grant to test OpenNotes among its elderly Medicare patients.

  • Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. New York State Health Homes Learning Collaborative, Phase 3 Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $14,925

    The Affordable Care Act provided states with a new option to provide intensive coordinated services through health homes for Medicaid beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. A health home is a network of providers across a community with a lead provider who facilitates access to an array of medical, behavioral health, and social services for patients. In 2012, NYSHealth awarded the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) a grant to establish a statewide learning collaborative to support the new health home initiative launched by the State that same year, followed by a second grant in 2014. The Health Homes Learning Collaborative gave health home providers a forum to share their early implementation successes and challenges, engage in peer-to-peer learning, identify best practices, and guide future policymaking. The learning collaborative has been very successful in building the capacity of health home providers. For this reason, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has subsequently funded its continuation. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded CHCS a grant to further support health home member participation in the learning collaborative.

  • NYC Bike Share LLC Engaging Two Healthy Neighborhood Communities in Bike Sharing as a Pathway to Better Health Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $199,336

    Bicycling is a simple way for people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives and help fight obesity and its related health conditions. Citi Bike’s bike-sharing program has the largest membership and highest ridership of any such program in North America. In New York City, a discounted membership is offered to some low-income residents, but its adoption has been slow. Research shows a lack of information and misperceptions about bike share are bigger barriers than price or payment options. In response, Citi Bike has made concerted efforts to promote the discount program, which have helped increase membership among low-income residents. Still, more work needs to be done beyond traditional marketing efforts to ensure that lower-income New Yorkers are aware of the discount program and understand how Citi Bike can be an asset to their health and to their neighborhoods. Building on a 2016 planning grant, NYSHealth awarded NYC Bike Share (NYCBS) a grant in 2017 to promote and grow Citi Bike’s discount program among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents in East Harlem and Two Bridges, two of NYSHealth’s Healthy Neighborhoods Fund sites.

  • RAND Corporation Understanding Provider Capacity to Deliver High-Quality Care to Veterans in New York State Priority Area: Veterans' Health $370,000

    Veterans represent a special population of men and women who have served their country and have faced extraordinary health risks during their deployments. Because many of them have served on overseas missions—including combat—veterans with service-connected health issues are a clinically complex and potentially vulnerable population. Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to meet the health care needs of all eligible veterans, many seek care outside of the VA, in part because of a personal preference to receive care from community-based, private, non-VA providers. However, only a small percentage of civilian mental health providers are prepared to offer culturally competent care for veterans. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded RAND Corporation (RAND) a grant to understand the current state of New York’s health care workforce in providing high-quality health care to veterans in private, community-based settings.

  • Active Citizen Project, Inc. Expanding Healthy Food Access Points in Brownsville Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $122,714

    Although Brownsville, a Healthy Neighborhoods Fund site, faces daunting health statistics and negative portrayals, there are many committed residents who work tirelessly to improve their neighborhood’s health and wellbeing. Active Citizen Project (ACP) creates opportunities for people to live healthy lives and thrive in their communities, one of which is its flagship program, Project EATS. The program collaborates with residents, schools, community-based organizations, and businesses to transform underused spaces (low-utility public and private land) in working-class and low-income neighborhoods into sustainable, productive urban farms. It also oversees the GrowNYC Youthmarket (a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood youth and supplied by local farmers) and provides nutrition education and skills-training programs to residents of the neighborhoods in which it operates. To support Project EATS’ sustainability in Brownsville, NYSHealth awarded ACP a grant in 2017.

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