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"Keeping the American Dream Alive" 

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's latest HuffPost blog, in which he reflects on the threats "Dreamers" in New York State face when it comes to their health care. 

"Let the Sun Shine in on Health Care Costs" 

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's HuffPost blog, which calls attention to the need for more transparency in health care and for price-shopping tools that are both easy to find and easy to use.

"Kids Could Start a Ceasefire in Health Care Wars"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's HuffPost blog, where he shines a light on the success of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in New York and across the country and calls on our leaders to declare a ceasefire in the health care wars.

"Biking Toward Greater Equity"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's HuffPost blog on the opportunities and challenges associated with ensuring equitable access to and use of bike-share programs.

"An Actual Pathway to Better Health in Albany"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's HuffPost blog in which he reflects on the opportunities for and challenges of expanding and improving New York's trail system.

"City-Views: Blocking Immigrants from Essential Services Hurts All New Yorkers"

Read an op-ed in City Limits co-authored by NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman on how proposed changes by the Department of Homeland Security to application procedures for those applying for a green card could discourage immigrants from using the health system and other vital public resources.

"School Lunches Are a Right, Not a Privilege"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s HuffPost blog in which he shines a light on the opportunity before New York City to implement universal free school lunch. Doing so would both fulfill one of Mayor de Blasio's campaign promises and establish a sweeping pro-health, pro-child, and pro-equity measure for the nation's largest public school system.

"Beyond a Portal, to Real Patient Engagement"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog in he which argues that meaningful patient engagement requires moving beyond health care portals, to a more ambitious vision of patients who have the information, knowledge, support, and control they need to make good decisions about their own care.

"Can New York Curb the Opioid Epidemic?"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’ s Huffington Post blog in which he reflects on the toll of the opioid crisis and highlights efforts underway throughout New York State to address the epidemic.

"A New Start for the VA"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s Huffington Post blog in which he outlines the pressing challenges facing the VA and lays out some key principles and priorities for Secretary Shulkin.

"Is There a Bed, Bath & Beyond for Health Care?”

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s Huffington Post blog in which he highlights the limitations of existing health care consumer tools and shares recommendations for improving them.

"A Wish List for 2017"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog in which he lays out a wish list to make New Yorkers healthier in 2017, and highlights the action required to turn those wishes into reality.

"Thanksgiving in the Land of Plenty, Where Hunger Is Still a Reality"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog in which he highlights some staggering statistics about hunger and food insecurity in New York State and shares promising and creative approaches to improve the quality and availability of fresh, healthy offerings at food pantries.

"Health Care Innovation, From the Outside In"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s Huffington Post blog in which he discusses health care innovation and introduces the winners of NYSHealth's Emerging Innovator Awards.

"It's the Patient, Stupid."

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog in which he reflects on what it means to be a patient-centered health care enterprise that empowers consumers, and what will be required to achieve it.

"To Heal Our Hospitals, Embrace New Models"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s Huffington Post blog, which explores hybrid models of care as alternatives to large hospital facilities that could lead to enhanced access to care and less duplication of services.

"On the Foundation Freeway: Entering and Exiting Priority Areas with Caution"

Read a new post on the GrantWatch section of Health Affairs Blog by NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman on the framework used by the Foundation to assess whether it is focusing on the right issues and strategies, especially in light of a shifting health and health care landscape. He examines how it enters and exits priority areas, and the challenges and lessons learned when a foundation undergoes a strategic sharpening.

"Can New York End the AIDS Epidemic?"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog, which highlights the work being done in New York State to reduce new cases of HIV and the real possibility of ending the epidemic. 

"Walking Without Sidewalks"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog, which highlights the creativity and efforts of communities throughout the State working to improve public recreation spaces that encourage residents to be physically active.

"The American Dream of Health Insurance Coverage"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog, where he highlights opportunities to expand health insurance coverage for New York's immigrants. Dr. Sandman reminds us that the United States is a nation of immigrants, and cites the high rate of uninsurance among immigrants as a barrier to opportunity and success.

“Clinton County on the Right Track with Connector Path”

Read a letter to the editor in the Sun Community News by NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman about a newly developed recreation path in Clinton County. The path, funded as part of NYSHealth's Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, will provide residents with a safe area to be active and engage in outdoor physical activity.

"Make Sure Veterans Have Care They Need"

Read an op-ed in the Democrat & Chronicle by NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman about the dire need for improvement to the veterans health care system, and the importance of ensuring that veterans have access to health care and social services in their own communities.

"Such a Thing as a Free Lunch—for all School Kids"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Huffington Post blog about the importance and feasibility of making school lunches free for all of New York City's school children. He cites the success of New York City’s middle school lunch program, the potential benefits of universal school lunch, and other cities that have successfully implemented such a program to promote the wellbeing of students.

"When Health Policy Gets Personal"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman's Health Affairs blog where he reflects on the disconnect between what we know is the "right" thing to do in health care and the very personal, human responses we have when we experience the health care system as patients and family members.  

Letter to the Editor: "Partnerships Are Vital to a Better Brownsville"

Read David Sandman’s Letter to the Editor in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) regarding economic development and revitalization efforts in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn.

"When Government Flexes its Employer Muscle"

Read NYSHealth President and CEO David Sandman’s Huffington Post blog on efforts in New York and other states to encourage disease prevention and management, promote high-quality care, improve health outcomes, and lower health care costs for municipal and State employees.

"Calling for State Action, Advocates Highlight Immigrant Health Care Dilemma"

Read an article in POLITICO New York about coverage options for immigrants in New York and efforts to expand coverage for some of them through the State's Essential Plan. The article cites an NYSHealth-funded report and includes a quote from David Sandman. 

David Sandman Named President and CEO of New York State Health Foundation

Following a nationwide search, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) Board of Directors unanimously selected David Sandman, Ph.D., as the Foundation’s next President and CEO. Read more

Switching to Value-Oriented Health Care

Watch a video on Capital Tonight where David Sandman talks about value-based payments in New York and the first-ever scorecard on payment reform in New York State, developed by Catalyst for Payment Reform with support from NYSHealth.

NYSHealth Grant Helps Health Centers Win Federal Expansion Funds

Read a GrantWatch article co-authored by David Sandman in the November 2012 issue of Health Affairs that takes a look at NYSHealth efforts to help community health centers secure Federal funds to enhance primary care in underserved regions of New York.

Leveraging Big Data to Create a Value-based Health System

Read a recap and watch a video of a conversation on how an all-payer database (APD) can be used as a consumer-friendly price transparency tool to support payment reform. David Sandman talks with Ana English, President and CEO of Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC), on lessons learned from Colorado's experience with developing and implementing an APD.