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  • Addressing Depression in Older Home Health Patients By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: September 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

    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.

  • Telehealth: Improving Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: August 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Young Adult Institute/National Institute for People with Disabilities Network

    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.

  • Healthy Homes Initiative By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: July 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Make The Road New York

    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.

  • Healthy Sundays: Outreach through Faith-Based Organizations By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: July 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Long Beach Medical Center

    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.

  • KIDS WIN! Child Health Project for Obesity Prevention By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: July 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Catholic Charities of Onondaga County

    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.

  • Deaf Community Home Health Aide Program By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: May 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Unity Health System

    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.

  • Idle-free School Zones: Reducing School Bus Emissions By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: May 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Real World Foundation, Inc.

    In some parts of New York City, 25% of school-age children have asthma, more than twice the national rate. When students have difficulty breathing, they cannot focus on their schoolwork and often miss class time for visits to the school nurse. Vehicle exhaust is a major trigger of asthma problems. The Asthma Free School Zone program raises awareness of the importance of clean air around schools to reduce students’ exposure to asthma triggers.

  • Syracuse Mobile Crisis Outreach Project By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: April 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

    Syracuse residents with mental illnesses encounter a number of barriers when attempting to access quality mental health care. Too many individuals rely on a single source of acute mental health care— the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at St Joseph's Hospital Health Center—despite whether or not they require intensive emergency services. Prior to 2007, CPEP had performed very limited outreach and used existing clinical staff to do so. CPEP’s leadership believed they could increase access to mental health services in the community through use of a mobile crisis team staffed by trained clinicians.

  • A Free Clinic for the Uninsured By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: April 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Social Ventures, Inc. Ithaca Health Alliance

    Some 10,000 residents of Tompkins County, N.Y., lack health insurance; many of the uninsured live below the poverty line. The Ithaca Free Clinic, the first to provide free medical care to uninsured residents, opened with limited hours in January 2006. With additional funding, Ithaca Free Clinic hoped to recruit additional volunteer health professionals, enabling significant expansion of the clinic’s operating hours and services offered, including a new pediatric clinic and public health education program.

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