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  • Fund for Public Health in New York NYCRx: Improving Medication Access and Adherence for New Yorkers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $299,958

    Each year 1 million New York City residents—many of whom are either uninsured or under-insured—fail to fill a prescription due to cost. Failures to adhere to medication regimens causes more than 3,000 deaths and costs billions of dollars annually. NYCRx targeted this problem by expanding access to programs that offer free pharmaceuticals to clinics throughout New York City.

  • Catholic Charities of Onondaga County KIDS WIN! Child Health Project for Obesity Prevention Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $150,000

    Obesity in young people is an epidemic in the United States. Catholic Charities of Onondaga County has a long-term commitment to improving the health and well-being of school-age children and youth (ages five through 18) by engaging them in an after-school and summer program called Kids WIN! The multi-year program provides activities that are fun and information to help shape children’s understanding, choices, and behavior related to nutrition and fitness.

  • Long Beach Medical Center Healthy Sundays: Outreach Through Faith-Based Organizations Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $118,310

    The Hispanic and Latino populations living in the Nassau County communities on the southern shore of Long Island have increasing health disparities, due to numerous barriers—the residents’ low income, limited education, long working hours, language differences, and distrust of government institutions because of their immigration status. The goal of the project was to improve the overall health status of Hispanic/Latino residents of Long Beach Island, Island Park, and Oceanside through increased awareness of disease prevention, health education, and early intervention for conditions such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, mental and emotional problems, and addiction.

  • Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Addressing Depression in Older Home Health Patients: Increasing Access to Evidence-Based Care Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $149,783

    Challenges to improving depression management in home care range from organizational factors—such as a scarcity of mental health specialists—to patient factors—such as difficulty in assessing depression among patients who are seriously ill or disabled. The project worked with discharged hospital patients who needed short-term home health services to promote their recovery.

  • Make The Road New York Healthy Homes Initiative Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $137,760

    In low-income neighborhoods such as Bushwick, poor housing conditions and poor maintenance practices in rental apartments lead to rodent and insect infestations and the use of pesticides, which can trigger asthma flare-ups. The Healthy Homes Initiative taught families with asthma how to reduce their exposure to indoor triggers such as dust, mold, mildew, rodent infestation, bedbugs, cockroaches, and pesticides.

  • New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation An Evaluation of Expanded HIV Testing Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $56,640

    As of March 2005, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimated that more than 95,000 residents of New York City had been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. An additional 25% of people who were infected were unaware of their status because they had not been tested. In July 2005, New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) responded to this gap in testing by implementing an HIV Testing Expansion Initiative in 17 facilities. The goals of the Initiative were to integrate HIV testing into non HIV-related visits to three care settings—inpatient, outpatient, and emergency departments. In November 2006, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) awarded HHC a grant to evaluate the Initiative.

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine Improving Access to High-Quality Care in East Harlem Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $149,750

    East Harlem has the highest rate of hospitalization and death from asthma in New York State. With proven and effective therapies available for asthma care, many emergency room visits and hospitalizations are preventable. This project sought to improve access to timely, high-quality follow-up care for adults with asthma in East Harlem who visit the emergency room or are hospitalized at Mount Sinai.

  • Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center, Inc. The Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $150,000

    Youth who live in the Bronx’s Fordham and Bronx Park neighborhoods have higher rates of overweight and obesity than do those who live in other New York City neighborhoods. The Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B'N Fit) moved a youth obesity program from its hospital setting to Mosholu Community Center where youth already are engaged in various activities. The program involved the youths’ families in their weight control and reduction efforts.

  • Partnership for Results, Inc. The Resilience Project: Addressing Mental Health Concerns for Young Children Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $147,545

    More than 30% of rural Cayuga County children in kindergarten through grade three have emerging mental health and behavior problems that could be addressed effectively through early intervention. Access to mental health services in rural areas, however, is hampered by chronic poverty, limited insurance coverage, a shortage of mental health professionals, limited transportation, and great distances between health care access points. To improve early mental health intervention services to high-risk rural children, the Resilience Project—previously attempted only in urban schools—was implemented in the four largest rural school districts in Cayuga County: Port Byron, Union Springs, Jordan-Elbridge, and Cato. Paraprofessional mentors, closely supervised by a mental health clinician, used standardized resilience mentoring techniques to promote positive social, behavioral, and emotional development among high-risk children shown to have emerging behavioral and social-emotional problems in kindergarten through third grade. The results of the treatment groups indicated that the children had substantial and statistically significant improvements across three measures (assertiveness, behavior control, and task orientation), but no change in the fourth (peer sociability).

  • Phipps Community Development Corporation Nourishing our Community: A Food & Nutrition Education Project in the Bronx Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $100,000

    The South Bronx has more obese residents than elsewhere in New York City—27% of its residents, compared to 20% of New Yorkers citywide—according to a 2006 a Federal community survey. Contributing to the high rates of obesity and diabetes are unhealthy eating habits, which result in part from a lack of opportunities for acquiring fresh produce. The project sought to provide nutrition information and healthy food options for people living in an impoverished urban area.

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