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  • Care, Compassion, and Counseling for Victims of Violence and Sexual Abuse By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: January 2010 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc.

    Sexual assault and child abuse are public health concerns that have not benefited from the kind of innovation that has improved the quality of care in so many other areas. Southern Tier Health Care System addressed the problem of inadequate medical and social services for victims of violence and sexual abuse by implementing a Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner program and a Child Advocacy Center to serve Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

  • Recognition and Treatment of Pain in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults: A Video Library By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: December 2009 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Frances Schervier Home and Hospital d/b/a Schervier Nursing Care Center

    Complications and consequences of untreated pain, including falls and depression, are widespread among nursing home residents. Residents who are cognitively impaired and unable to communicate their discomfort suffer most; however, nursing home staff often lack education and training in this area. To target this issue, Frances Schervier Home and Hospital devised a project to provide pain management education for long-term care staff to improve the quality of care and life for this vulnerable population.

  • Open This Envelope, Stay Covered By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: August 2009 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Public Health Solutions

    One key battle in addressing the number of uninsured is getting people who are eligible for public health insurance programs to enroll in them. Another is keeping them enrolled. Involuntary disenrollment from public health insurance coverage is an ongoing problem for all beneficiaries, but is particularly problematic for Chinese non-English speakers. This grant funded a public awareness campaign to help Chinese beneficiaries recognize re-enrollment materials when they arrived in the mail, understand the materials’ importance, and continue their health insurance coverage.

  • The Access Health Care Long Island Coalition By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: August 2009 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, Inc.

    Long Islanders feel the impact of uninsurance as strongly as other communities across New York State. To address this issue, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island attempted to standardize interpretations of eligibility rules and procedures used by various Long Island enrollment agencies to reduce health insurance applications processing delays and unnecessary rejected applications.

  • Increasing Enrollment in Public Insurance By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: August 2009 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Make The Road New York

    Lack of health insurance among immigrant populations in New York State continues to be a critical issue. This grant to Make the Road New York funded a training program to teach community members to be “promotoras,” which promote health in their own communities by providing leadership, peer education, links to services, and resources to support the empowerment and engagement of community residents to improve health care systems. The program also trained health advocates—paid staff of community-based organizations—to help immigrant populations navigate the health care system. These programs were designed to help the community’s hardest-to-serve populations find and access health insurance and health care.

  • The Bronx Nutrition and Fitness Initiative for Teens (B’N Fit) By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: December 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center, Inc.

    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 involves the youths’ families in their weight control and reduction efforts.

  • MOW (Monroe, Ontario, Wayne) Health Project By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: December 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Action for a Better Community, Inc.

    Poor rural areas surrounding Monroe, Ontario, and Wayne counties struggle with unmet health care needs such as low rates of child immunizations, high rates of breast cancer, alcoholism, and inadequate medical services. The MOW Health Project was intended to build on the area’s existing human service outreach network to provide health service outreach and education and to facilitate insurance enrollment in public programs.

  • Improving Access to High Quality Care in East Harlem By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    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.

  • Changing Children’s Lives by Transforming School System Policies By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Health Association of Niagara County

    Recognizing that obesity in youth has lifelong negative effects, including increasing the likelihood of developing serious chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, this project sought to reduce obesity rates for Niagara-area children by identifying and recommending new school system policies and other environmental changes to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity.

  • Straight Talk: A Community Model to Reduce Unprotected Sex Resulting from Substance Abuse By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Planned Parenthood of Northern New York

    Rural Jefferson County in northern New York has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the State. Researchers at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and others have shown a connection between risky sexual activity and teens’ use of drugs or alcohol. Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, and Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions formed a coalition to create a campaign to raise awareness of the interrelationship of substance abuse and unprotected sex.

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