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  • 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.

  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance Improving Health and Wellness in East Harlem and the South Bronx Through Programming at Randall’s Island Park Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $174,603

    Randall’s Island lies directly between East Harlem and the South Bronx—two communities that are well above the citywide mean for instances of obesity, diabetes, and asthma. Both communities also fall below the citywide mean for regular physical activity, as well as below the New Yorkers for Parks’ recommendation that residents of these communities take advantage of Randall’s Island Park, citing its sports fields, pathways, and free community programming as amenities. Although community members have a strong interest in the park, there are still perceived barriers that keep them from accessing it. In response to community feedback, Randall’s Island Park Alliance (RIPA) created its first public programs department and has seen an increase in the park’s usage. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded RIPA a grant to expand its free community programming, with an emphasis on increasing physical activity and nutrition education opportunities to engage residents of East Harlem and the South Bronx.

  • RAND Corporation Measuring the Impact that Repealing the Affordable Care Act Will Have on Veterans’ Insurance Coverage and Use of Health Care Priority Area: Veterans' Health $25,000

    Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) did not directly affect veterans’ eligibility to enroll in or receive care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it may have led some uninsured veterans to choose to enroll in VA health care to obtain qualifying coverage and avoid individual mandate penalties. Other uninsured low-income veterans (including some who were previously enrolled to receive VA health care or expected to use VA health care in the future) may have qualified for subsidies to purchase coverage through insurance marketplaces or lived in states that opted to expand Medicaid. These individuals may have transitioned out of the VA health care system and into the community setting to receive some or all of their care. Given the new administration’s strong interest in repealing the ACA, it is imperative to understand the impact that ACA repeal will have on veterans and the VA health care system. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded RAND Corporation a grant to conduct a study on how veterans and the VA will be impacted directly by repeal of the ACA.

  • Headstrong Project Expanding Community-based Mental Health Services for Veterans Outside of New York City Priority Area: Veterans' Health $50,000

    More veterans are returning home with serious mental health issues and suicide rates are increasing among these returning service members. However, an ongoing shortage of VA mental health providers who are able to meet the increasing demand for behavioral health care has caused veterans to experience significant wait times for appointments. Additionally, a recent survey found that only 13% of civilian mental health providers meet the readiness criteria to provide culturally competent care to veterans. To meet these service gaps, the Headstrong Project (Headstrong) developed a fully integrated behavioral health care program for veterans in need of mental health treatment, which has been particularly successful in New York City. The program quickly connects veterans to culturally competent clinicians who then develop a treatment program specifically tailored to their needs and goals—at no cost to the veterans. Given its success in New York City, NYSHealth awarded Headstrong a grant in 2017 to expand its program to other regions of New York State where veterans are concentrated and in need of mental health services.

  • S2AY Rural Health Network Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $1,749

    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 S2AY Rural Health Network (S2AY) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Full List of Selected Recipients for “Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers” Empowering Health Care Consumers Conference Scholarships Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers Up to $2,000 per person

    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. 

  • Global Strategy Group, LLC Universal Free School Lunch (Phase 2) Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $179,000

    By making meals free for all students and delinking school food from family income, universal free school lunch can help ensure that children are receiving adequate nutritious food, which in turn improves children’s health and education outcomes. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded Community Food Advocates (CFA) a grant to work toward the systemwide implementation of universal school lunch throughout all New York City public schools. To help advance these goals, NYSHealth awarded Global Strategy Group (GSG) a grant in 2016 to provide support for CFA’s campaign. Although universal school lunch was not included in the preliminary New York City budget for fiscal year 2018, the increased media and public attention to this issue has led the City administration to begin discussing the prospects of expanding the program. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded GSG a follow-up grant to continue to help CFA advance its work.

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