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  • Clinton County Health Department Clinton County Healthy Neighborhoods Fund Phase 2 Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $300,000

    Good health outcomes are more prevalent in neighborhoods where people have easy access to nutritious, affordable food; safe and walkable streets; and active playgrounds and public spaces. Living in neighborhoods without these essentials, residents are more likely to be burdened with high rates of obesity, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses. In 2015, NYSHealth launched its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, an initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places. NYSHealth invested $2 million in the initiative during its first two years, and has since leveraged an additional $181 million in funding for these six communities—helping nearly half a million New Yorkers have greater access to healthy, affordable food and safe ways in which to be physically active. NYSHealth is continuing its commitment to the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund by investing an additional $2.5 million over the next three years in these six communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) a grant to continue its participation in the initiative.

  • Community Service Society of New York Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $2,000

    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 Community Service Society of New York (CSS) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Lantern Community Services Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,710

    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 Lantern Community Services a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Evaluating Consumer and Provider Effects of FAIR Health Online Shopping Tool Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $296,775

    More and more New Yorkers are enrolled in health insurance plans that have high deductibles, significant cost-sharing provisions, and narrow or closed networks. As a result, it is imperative that consumers have the right information to understand and compare their health care options. Despite the need for better information, consumers continue to face a lack of health care price transparency tools. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded a grant to FAIR Health, which oversees the nation’s largest private claims database, to create a consumer tool with pricing information that would help consumers compare providers. The tool, NY HOST, will launch in two phases: a physician charge phase in September 2017 and a hospital charge phase in February 2018 that will offer pricing information for hospitals in Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, and Westchester. To evaluate the tool’s impact on consumer behavior, provider charges, and the health care market, NYSHealth awarded a grant in 2017 to New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU).

  • Health Career Connection, Inc. Health Career Connection Internship Program, Class of 2017 Priority Area: Other $39,000

    Health Career Connection, Inc., (HCC) is a national nonprofit organization that provides undergraduate students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds with internship placements at health care and public health organizations. The participants recruited by HCC are commonly first-generation college students from low-income families and communities. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded HCC a grant to match students with internship placements at organizations that fit their interests, including at the Foundation. The resulting experience was exceptional for both the students and hosting organizations, which led NYSHealth to award HCC additional grants in 2015 and 2016. To continue support for this initiative, NYSHealth awarded HCC a grant in 2017.

  • Foundation for Quality Care, Inc. Mouth Care Without a Battle: Improving Oral Health Care for Older Adults in Nursing Homes Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $255,568

    Poor oral health—which is linked to pneumonia and can lead to hospitalization, intensive care, or death—is a rising issue for elderly people living in nursing homes. In particular, nursing home residents with dementia experience limited quality and frequency of oral health care because nursing home staff often feel that they are not adequately prepared to manage difficult behaviors that typically arise during care of these patients. Mouth Care Without a Battle (MCWB) is an evidence-based approach to daily mouth care (e.g., tooth brushing, flossing, care of the gums, and denture care) for people with cognitive and physical impairments. Combining best practices in dementia care and oral hygiene, the pilot program has shown improvements in health and overall quality of life for this population. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Foundation for Quality Care (FQC) a grant to scale up MCWB so as to improve oral health care for nursing home patients with dementia.

  • Independence Care System Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $4,000

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s Empowering Health Care Consumers priority area is to ensure that people have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care. As the only statewide health foundation in New York, NYSHealth can play a leadership role in building the field of leaders and changemakers working across the State to empower health care consumers. For organizations already engaged in this work, attending conferences and other convenings provides an opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned. Conference attendance can also encourage new actors to enter the field and incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. Yet, because of a lack of resources, many are often unable to attend. Through its Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers Request for Proposals, NYSHealth is sponsoring nonprofit or low-resourced organizations to attend or present at local, State, and national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Independence Care System (ICS) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Healthy Capital District Initiative Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $1,535

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s Empowering Health Care Consumers priority area is to ensure that people have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care. As the only statewide health foundation in New York, NYSHealth can play a leadership role in building the field of leaders and changemakers working across the State to empower health care consumers. For organizations already engaged in this work, attending conferences and other convenings provides an opportunity to share their successes and lessons learned. Conference attendance can also encourage new actors to enter the field and incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. Yet, because of a lack of resources, many are often unable to attend. Through its Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers Request for Proposals, NYSHealth is sponsoring nonprofit or low-resourced organizations to attend or present at local, State, and national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Independence Care System (ICS) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Asian American Federation of New York Planning Grant: Addressing Asian American Mental Health Needs in New York City Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $75,000

    Mental illness is among the leading contributors of disease burden for New Yorkers, and the burden may be even more pronounced among Asian-American communities. In New York City, Asian Americans are the only racial group for which suicide is one of the top 10 leading causes of death. However, Asian Americans are less likely to seek and receive mental health care because of cultural stigma, insurance limits, and a dearth of culturally and linguistically competent service providers. Given the current trends, there is a need to develop strategies to reduce stigma and other barriers to mental health services, increase awareness of the mental health needs of pan-Asian residents in New York City, and foster greater collaboration between formal service systems and community resources to reach these residents. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Asian American Federation of New York (AAF) a planning grant to identify and raise awareness of mental health issues affecting the New York City pan-Asian community and barriers associated with seeking and receiving care.

  • Be More America Breaking Bias in Health Care Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $150,000

    Unconscious biases are ingrained habits of thought that lead to errors in how people perceive, reason, and make decisions when interacting with others from different social, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. In the health care setting, unconscious bias can affect a provider’s line of questioning and lead to misdiagnosis; it can also affect body language and other subtle cues that cause patients to lose trust, withhold information, or fail to follow medical advice. To address the impact of unconscious bias on health care, Be More America created a series of in-person training workshops designed to reduce physician bias in medical decision-making. Based on the success of the in-person workshops, it then developed a prototype online training program. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Be More America to scale up this work by deploying the online training program at New York City-based hospitals.

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