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  • Unity Health System Deaf Community Home Health Aide Program Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $95,667

    Rochester and Monroe County, NY, have some 12,000–15,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing residents, an estimated 600 of whom are elderly. This grant to Unity Health System's home/community-based services supported training deaf individuals fluent in sign language to become home health aides to serve elderly deaf people living in Rochester and Monroe County.

  • United Way of Long Island Mobile Dental Services for At-Risk Populations (Using a Mobile Dental Clinic to Deliver Basic Dental Services in Nassau and Suffolk Counties) Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $979,637

    In 2009, approximately 250,000 residents of Nassau and Suffolk Counties were uninsured and living at incomes less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. In addition, many of those who did have health insurance, including the Medicare population, did not have dental benefits. For the elderly and others who are at low-income levels, lack of dental insurance creates a significant barrier to receiving oral health services. Access to dental care in these counties is further exacerbated by a lack of dental programs offering affordable fees based on income levels and/or accepting Medicaid. This project attempted to integrate oral health with systemic health by identifying high-risk populations who lack dental care, and delivering basic dental services to these populations using a Mobile Dental Clinic.

  • Young Adult Institute/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network Telehealth: Improving Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $149,569

    As people with developmental disabilities age, they face the same complex medical challenges as the general aging population, need more medical supervision, and risk being institutionalized in nursing homes. For this group, the limited nursing services that are available under the current residential model are rapidly becoming inadequate. Young Adult Institute/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network (YAI) aimed to improve health care for people with developmental disabilities living in group or individual residences through deployment of a “telehealth” system.

  • Visiting Nurse Service of New York Establishing an Advanced Illness Management (AIM) Model in a Community-based Setting: Innovation at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $864,837

    This project aimed to improve quality of care and reduce costs for patients with advanced illness by piloting the Advanced Illness Management (AIM) model and evaluating its impact on quality of care provided, hospice admissions, and hospitalization and emergency department use. Although the model improved the quality of care patients received and created additional training opportunities for home care nurses, it did not result in an increase of hospice admission or a reduction in emergency department use and re-hospitalizations.

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