Other Focus Areas
NYSHealth maintains a special commitment to two areas of focus outside of our current programmatic priority areas (expanding health care coverage for New Yorkers, building healthy communities, and advancing primary care). Learn more about our Special Projects Fund and our efforts to meet the needs of returning veterans and their families, as well as our previous work to improve diabetes prevention and management and to integrate care for mental health and substance use services.
The NYSHealth Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families seeks to underscore that the health care, mental health, and social services issues returning veterans and their families face are not solely military issues, but public and community health issues that should be addressed by local and national government agencies, community-based organizations, and health funders.
Grants through our Special Projects Fund allow us to support projects that address an important health care or public health issue in the State, but are outside of our targeted priority areas. Eligible projects are coordinated interventions that take place over a specified period of time to achieve quantifiable results.
To reverse the diabetes epidemic in New York State, the Foundation supported efforts to improve the way primary care providers manage the care of people with diabetes and the spread of effective community-based prevention programs that reach people where they live, work, and worship.
NYSHealth committed $10 million over five years to improve the integration of care for people who cope with mental health and substance use conditions at the same time. This work culminated at the end of 2012, but the Foundation continues to learn from this key investment.