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  • Center for Quality Systems Improvement (d.b.a. Cynosure Health) Engaging Consumers Through Network Accessibility and Performance Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $349,317

    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 Cynosure Health a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • IMPAQ International Health Insurance Marketplace Transparency Tool: Out-of-Pocket Costs for Specialty Conditions Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $289,952

    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 IMPAQ International a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Community Catalyst, Inc., (fiscal sponsor for MergerWatch) Empowering NY Consumers in an Era of Hospital Consolidation Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $100,000

    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 Community Catalyst, as fiscal sponsor to MergerWatch, a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Field & Fork Network Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $953

    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 2016, NYSHealth awarded Field & Fork Network a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Wellness in the Schools WITS Culinary Boot Camps Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $34,927

    In New York City, one in five kindergarten students and one in four students from low-income families are obese. Childhood obesity impacts children’s long-term health, as well as their academic performance. To address this pressing public health issue, Wellness in the Schools (WITS), in partnership with the New York City Office of SchoolFood, has developed Alternative Menu, a program that enables schools to provide more home-made food with fresh ingredients and healthier menu options. However, this program can be difficult to implement without proper culinary training of cafeteria staff and student engagement. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded WITS a grant to help provide the necessary training for implementing the Alternative Menu program in New York City public schools.

  • Global Strategy Group, LLC Universal School Lunch Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $70,000

    By making meals free for all students, Universal School Lunch is a program that improves children’s health and education outcomes. It delinks school food from family income and removes the barriers to lunch participation, such as the stigma and bullying associated with free or reduced-price lunch. 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 further support this project, NYSHealth awarded Global Strategy Group (GSG) a grant in 2016 to help advance the goals of CFA’s campaign.

  • Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism 2017 New York State Health Journalism Fellowships Priority Area: Other $19,200

    As the nation’s media outlets face shrinking budgets and shoestring staffing, resources for journalists’ continuing education and professional development are limited. Increasingly, reporters are assigned to multiple beats rather than to one specific issue area, so their knowledge of any one area may be relatively superficial. The Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism, the supporting nonprofit organization for the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), aims to fill that knowledge gap through an annual four-day national conference that attracts approximately 600–800 reporters, editors, and producers, as well as health care luminaries. The conference covers a wide range of issues, both content-focused (e.g., covering the progress under the Affordable Care Act, health care disparities, aging and long-term care) and skills-focused (e.g., understanding how to read medical studies or interpret hospital quality data). In 2016, NYSHealth awarded the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism a grant to support AHCJ’s 2017 cohort of New York State Health Journalism Fellowships.

  • New York University School of Medicine Enhancing Rural Health Surveillance by Using Geospatial Analysis to Identify Local Disease Hot Spots Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $300,000

    Without the necessary resources to perform sophisticated health surveillance, Sullivan County Public Health Services is limited in its ability to target and prioritize initiatives to help improve health outcomes for the county’s residents, of whom more than 80% live in rural regions. Accurately capturing and estimating health surveillance data to pinpoint the health needs of residents is often too costly or labor intensive for most rural health departments. To address this issue, New York University School of Medicine’s (NYU) Health Geographics Research Initiative has developed a method for using data to create highly detailed and localized maps of disease burden. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded a grant to NYU to work with Sullivan County Public Health Services on developing and validating its method to enhance rural health surveillance.

  • NYC Bike Share LLC Engaging Communities in Bike Share as a Pathway to Better Health Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $14,125

    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, it offers a discounted membership for some low-income residents. Although Citi Bike has made cycling more accessible to many New Yorkers, adoption among low-income residents has been slow, despite its discount program. A recent survey among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents found that most people have not tried Citi Bike and did not know about its discounted membership option. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded NYC Bike Share (NYCBS) a technical assistance planning grant in support of efforts to promote and grow Citi Bike’s discount program among NYCHA residents in East Harlem and Two Bridges, two of NYSHealth’s Healthy Neighborhoods Fund sites.

  • Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Inc. Development of a Strategic Communications Plan Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $24,000

    To tackle some of the underlying problems that have affected the health of communities, NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places. Through the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, NYSHealth is investing $2 million over two years to support six communities across the State in their efforts to increase access to healthy, affordable food; improve access to safe places where residents can exercise and be active; and connect children and adults to programs that support healthy behaviors. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative (the Collaborative) a grant to participate in this initiative. As part of a technical assistance grant to support the Collaborative in its efforts, NYSHealth awarded it a grant in 2016 to define its communications priorities and develop a strategic communications plan.

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