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  • Connecting Students to Health Care Internships, Summer 2016 By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Other Date: April 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Health Career Connection, Inc.

    In New York City, challenging and prestigious health care internships are often unpaid—hindering students who cannot afford to take unpaid opportunities from shaping their future educational and career trajectories and building meaningful professional networks. Health Career Connection (HCC) is a national nonprofit organization that provides undergraduate students from under-represented or disadvantaged backgrounds with paid internship placements in health care and public health organizations. The majority of students recruited by HCC are first-generation college students who come from low-income families and communities with limited resources to help them thrive in the workforce. Ultimately, HCC seeks to improve the health of populations by motivating and developing value-driven, capable, and diverse health care and public health leaders and professionals. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded HCC a grant to support five 10-week summer internship placements, including at the Foundation. The experience was exceptional for both the students and hosting organizations, which led NYSHealth to award HCC subsequent grants in 2015 and 2016 to continue support for this initiative. Under this 2016 grant, HCC matched five students to organizations suited to their career interests: one internship at NYSHealth and four internships at Healthy Neighborhoods Fund grantee organizations.

  • Enhancing Mental Health Clinics’ Ability to Provide Quality Care By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: April 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: New York University McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy, and Research

    Mental health clinics are often the first intervention for New Yorkers with mental illness—offering accessible treatment to low- and moderate-income patients and those with limited health insurance coverage. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Mental Health Parity Act, New York State’s mental health clinics became solely dependent on managed care organizations for payment. Consequently, mental health clinics were expected to move toward a value-based payment system, which relies on evidence-based practices and validated tools that assess efficacy and outcomes. To ensure effective implementation of this transition, NYSHealth awarded a grant to New York University’s McSilver Institute for Social Work (McSilver) in 2013. Through this grant, McSilver aimed to equip mental health organizations in New York State with effective tools to assess clinical processes and outcomes, thereby improving the quality of mental health care and reducing costs.

  • Introducing Diabetes Screening and Monitoring in the Dental Office By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Diabetes Prevention and Management Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Trustees of Columbia University, dba Columbia University

    Diabetes management requires patient adherence and ongoing monitoring by primary and specialty care teams, including dentists. Studies have shown that point-of-care testing for diabetes in the dental setting can identify patients with previously undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes. NYSHealth has previously funded research to develop algorithms for dental professionals to screen for diabetes or prediabetes. In 2014, NYSHealth awarded Columbia University a grant to further develop the role and rationale of diabetes screening in dental offices; identify barriers to screening; and provide recommendations for policymakers.

  • Covering Health News on the PBS NewsHour By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Other Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association, Inc./NHP

    The Greater Washington Telecommunications Association (WETA) is the second-largest producing station in the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) system and the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital. WETA produces PBS NewsHour—one of the nation’s most trusted and credible television news programs, now in its 40th year. Although there are more sources for health news available than ever, much of it is unreliable, politicized, or sensationalized. The challenge is to provide information that is factual, objective, and unbiased, all in a manner that is thoughtful and provides context. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded a grant to WETA to support health-related NewsHour programming.

  • Improving Health Home Capacity to Serve Homeless Clients By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Corporation for Supportive Housing

    The Affordable Care Act gave states the option to provide coordinated services for Medicaid patients with multiple chronic conditions through health homes—networks of providers across communities that facilitate access to various medical, behavioral, and social services. Health homes have the potential to reorganize how care is delivered, managed, and coordinated for high-need and high-cost patients, which in turn could lead to lower emergency room use; reductions in hospital admissions and readmissions; reductions in higher health care costs; and improved quality of care. However, health home patients who are unstably housed often cycle through emergency rooms, detox facilities, hospitalizations, and shelters, resulting in enormous costs and poor health outcomes. To address this issue, NYSHealth awarded Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) a grant to improve coordination of care for health home patients with the supportive housing sector.

  • Developing the Community First Choice Program in New York By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: New York Association on Independent Living

    In March 2011, New York State made an express commitment to implement the Community First Choice (CFC) an option under the Affordable Care Act that offers states enhanced Medicaid matching funds to enable people who would be eligible for institutional level of care to stay in their homes and get services in the community. This option was a win for both the State and its most vulnerable residents, with the potential to expand access to community-based services for approximately 1 million New York Medicaid recipients, generate an estimated $90 million a year in net Medicaid savings to the State, and rebalance incentives away from institutional care settings. NYSHealth awarded New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL), in partnership with the Center for Disability Rights (CDR), a grant to work with the State on developing and adopting the CFC program in New York.

  • Accelerating Change Through 100-Day Challenges By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: March 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Rapid Results Institute, Inc.

    NYSHealth launched the Healthy Neighborhoods Fund initiative to help New York State communities become healthier and more active places. Although all the communities are working toward the common goal of improving the health of their residents, each community may face particular challenges. In response, NYSHealth is supporting these communities with more specialized technical assistance (TA) to help them meet their goals. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to provide TA to the Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) to increase physical activity among its residents. Under this grant, RRI worked with CCHD on implementing RRI’s 100-day challenge plan, a methodology that challenges organizations to achieve radically ambitious yet tangible and measurable goals in 100 days. CCHD’s goal was to increase participation in senior walking programs by 300% and increase new participation by youth in physical activity programs by 50%.

  • Empowering Community School Directors By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Building Healthy Communities Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Coro New York Leadership Center

    Community schools serve as neighborhood hubs where students receive high-quality academic instruction, families can access social services, and communities congregate to share and address their common challenges. The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) began this initiative in an effort to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to education in urban centers. At each community school, a community school director (CSD) identifies student needs and facilitates relationships with community-based organizations that can address those needs. As CSDs are not educators or NYCDOE employees, they face challenges in having the authority to lead changes in their schools as compared with traditional school leaders. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded Coro New York Leadership Center (Coro) a grant to provide leadership training to 110 CSDs in New York City. The leadership training program aimed to equip CSDs with skills to implement and lead holistic practices at community schools, such as supporting the provision of in-school health and mental services and bolstering community and parent engagement with schools.

  • Linking New York State Veterans and Their Families to Supportive Services By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Veterans' Health Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Inc

    In response to ongoing challenges facing veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) launched its Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP) for returning veterans and their families. The program was designed to link veterans and their families to case managers and veteran-specific resources across New York City, providing broader access to benefits in a community setting. Services range from helping veterans and family members deal with depression and stress to connecting them to health care, mental health, legal, housing, and employment services. In 2013, NYSHealth awarded IAVA a grant to double its capacity by expanding RRRP across New York State. In 2015, NYSHealth awarded IAVA a second grant to further build upon the program’s expansion.

  • Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs for Medicaid Managed Care Patients By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Advancing Primary Care Date: February 2017 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Refuah Health Center

    Refuah Health Center (Refuah) is a federally qualified health center that serves low-income residents in the Hudson Valley region. In 2012, NYSHealth awarded Refuah a grant to partner with Fidelis Care, one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans in New York State, and Health Management Associates (HMA), to collect and then analyze claims to identify unnecessary utilization and costs. At the time, Refuah lacked information on the utilization patterns of its patients outside of its center, such as costs of emergency, specialty, and hospital care. Under this grant, it aimed to use the data/information collected to implement new payment schemes for lowering health care costs and improving quality services for its patients.

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