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  • Oswego County Health Department Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Other $1,600

    In a state as large as New York, a steady stream of smart, innovative work is coming from NYSHealth grantees and non-grantees alike that is relevant to NYSHealth’s priority areas of Building Healthy Communities and Empowering Health Care Consumers and its focus area on Veterans’ Health. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at regional, statewide, and national conferences, meetings, and other convenings. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth awarded grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans’ Health Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth sponsoried low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to these areas. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Oswego County Health Department (OCHD) a grant to participate in this initiative as part of its efforts to support healthy communities.

  • HonestHealth Are We There Yet? An Analysis of Health Care Cost and Quality Consumer Tools and Recommendations for New York State Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $228,388

    As a result of increased cost-sharing, consumers are eager for health care quality and price transparency tools to inform decision-making and allow for comparison shopping. An NYSHealth-funded survey by Public Agenda found that nearly half of New Yorkers have attempted to look up health care costs, but there is limited consumer awareness of websites that offer price or quality information. Additionally, the survey found that 80% of New Yorkers believe that the State should provide a way for consumers to compare health care prices. Despite consumer interest and some State efforts in this area, comparative health care quality and cost information remains largely obscured to the public. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded HonestHealth a grant to lay the groundwork for the State to provide timely, meaningful, and understandable information and enhance consumers’ ability to make informed choices.

  • Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, Inc. Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, Phase 2 Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $300,000

    Good health outcomes are more prevalent in neighborhoods where people have easy access to nutritious, affordable food; safe and walkable streets; and active playgrounds and public spaces. Living in neighborhoods without these essentials, residents are more likely to be burdened with high rates of obesity, diabetes, or other chronic illnesses. In 2015, NYSHealth launched its Healthy Neighborhoods Fund, an initiative to help six communities across New York State become healthier and more active places. This 2-year, $2 million investment has leveraged an additional $181 million in funding for these six communities, helping nearly half a million New Yorkers have greater access to healthy, affordable food and safe ways in which to be physically active. NYSHealth is continuing its commitment to the initiative by investing an additional $2.5 million over the next three years in these six communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative a grant to continue its participation in the initiative.

  • Franklin County Public Health Services Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Other $2,675

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Franklin County Public Health Services a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Other $2,097

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • Syracuse University, Institute for Veterans and Military Families Blueprint for Improving the Role, Collaboration, and Impact of New York State’s Division of Veterans’ Affairs Priority Area: Veterans' Health $ 215,626

    Today, every U.S. state has a Division of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) dedicated to assisting veterans with the numerous issues they may face, including New York State. However, because the specific needs of each state’s veteran population are different, wide variations exist across DVAs in terms of budget, structure, staffing, and breadth of services offered. These variations make it difficult to evaluate the performance of New York State’s DVA without assessing it against DVAs of comparable states. To date, there has not been a study to evaluate how well the New York State DVA is performing, whether its annual budget is sufficient, and whether its budget allocations reflect the needs of its members. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University to conduct a national survey of DVAs and a comprehensive analysis of state-specific veterans’ offices to better evaluate the performance of New York State’s DVA.

  • Glynwood Center, Inc. Building Healthy Communities Conference Scholarship Priority Area: Other $525

    A key goal of NYSHealth’s Building Healthy Communities priority area is to create healthy communities that lead to more New Yorkers of all ages eating healthy foods, being physically active, and having access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices. Many organizations across the State are doing smart, innovative work that is relevant to NYSHealth’s work to improve health in New York neighborhoods. These organizations should be elevating their work and informing key stakeholders at conferences and other convenings in New York and nationally. Yet, because of a lack of resources, they are often unable to do so. To address this issue, NYSHealth is awarding grants through its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities Request for Proposals (RFP). Through this RFP, NYSHealth is sponsoring community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend and present at local, State, and national conferences related to building healthy communities. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded Glynwood Center a grant to participate in this initiative.

  • New York Public Interest Research Group Fund, Inc. Promoting the Role of Family Caregivers and Open Visitation in New York Hospitals Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers $164,032

    Isolating hospital patients from their loved ones at their most vulnerable time can place them at risk for medical error, emotional harm, inconsistencies in care, and a greater likelihood of readmission. Having robust family presence guidelines, such as 24/7 open visitation, is one way to strengthen and leverage the important role of family and informal caregivers as partners in a patient’s health care experience. However, many hospitals throughout the State still bar family members from the bedsides of loved ones at important times of day because of restrictive hospital visitation policies. In 2015, New York Public Interest Research Group Fund (NYPIRG) and Institute for Patient- and Family Centered Care (IPFCC) piloted a 24/7 visitation program in New York City hospitals to improve hospital policies on caregiver presence and visiting. Based on promising early findings, NYSHealth awarded a grant in 2017 to NYPIRG, in partnership with IPFCC, to enhance and replicate this 24/7 visitation program in upstate New York hospitals.

  • Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc. (d.b.a. Health Affairs) Health Affairs Theme Issues on Patient Engagement and Veterans’/Military Health Priority Area: Empowering Health Care Consumers Priority Area: Veterans' Health $150,000

    Health Affairs, the nation’s leading peer-reviewed health policy journal, regularly publishes special thematic issues—with support from a range of public and private funders—that address major topics in health care policy and practice. With reach into the worlds of health policy, clinical practice, and health care systems, Health Affairs plays a key role in identifying emerging and promising practices, providing actionable evidence to public and private sector policymakers, and advancing innovation. NYSHealth has previously provided support for three special issues of Health Affairs on health care delivery system innovation, diabetes prevention, and health insurance exchanges. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Project HOPE to support Health Affairs in the publication of two thematic issues: one focused on veterans’ and military health and the other on patient engagement.

  • Public Health Solutions Bringing Fresh Food-Purchasing Incentives to Brownsville Priority Area: Building Healthy Communities $ 200,000

    Research suggests that New Yorkers of all income levels spend approximately the same percentage of their grocery budget on produce. As low-income New Yorkers have less spendable income, they purchase less than $450 worth of fresh produce each year, compared with wealthier New Yorkers who spend more than twice that amount. Low-income New Yorkers also report eating only two servings of fruits and vegetables daily, less than what is recommended for a healthy diet. To combat these problems in low-income neighborhoods, New York City has introduced nutrition incentive programs, such as Health Bucks, to make healthy foods more affordable for low-income consumers and encourage healthy food-buying decisions. However, relatively few low-income New Yorkers qualify for these programs. In 2017, NYSHealth awarded a grant to Public Health Solutions to pilot a year-round and more accessible incentive program to support long-term healthy shopping patterns among low-income New Yorkers.

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