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  • Center for Governmental Research NYSHF Strategic Priority Background Work - Addressing the High Cost of Health Care in New York State Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $63,137

    Health care costs are rising to what is arguably an unmanageable level, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ project that health care spending will account for 20 percent of GDP by 2015. Total health care spending in NY is about $45 billion, the highest in the nation. It is also clear that this spending is not buying high quality health care; the current system is geared towards acute, rather than preventive or chronic care, which could save costs. The efforts to stall and to reduce costs include consumer-directed health care, but it is unclear that consumer-directed health plans will actually control costs. With support from NYSHealth, the Center for Governmental Research (the Center) will investigate the issue of cost and transparency in the New York State health care system and develop a report on its findings.

  • Center for Health Care Strategies Strategic Priority Background Work – Organizing Services for Elders Priority Area: Advancing Primary Care $49,902

    The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) conducted a strategic assessment of potential ways the New York State Health Foundation could positively impact how health care and community services are delivered to elders. This report summarized the views of experts across New York State on opportunities for making these services more efficient and effective. 

  • National Urban Fellows, Inc. Internship of the National Urban Fellows, Class of 2007 Priority Area: Other $60,000

    To maximize each fellow’s talents while also providing a rich learning experience, NYSHealth assigns concrete projects and goals to allow fellows to focus their time and energy. Connecting the fellow’s interests and existing skill set with opportunities to grow, expand, and attain new competencies makes for a fulfilling experience for the fellow as well as for the mentoring organization.

  • Social Ventures, Inc. Ithaca Health Alliance A Free Clinic for the Uninsured Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $48,769

    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.

  • Action for a Better Community, Inc. MOW (Monroe, Ontario, Wayne) Health Project Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $135,976

    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.

  • Bassett Healthcare Telemedicine: Expanding Specialty Care to Rural Hospitals Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $977,586

    Patients who live in rural areas may be unable to get timely, high-quality medical care when they experience an acute medical crisis. To address this issue, Bassett Healthcare (Bassett) explored and developed the use of telemedicine across its system of care in central upstate New York. Bassett developed a Telestroke initiative to enable suspected stroke patients in rural areas distant from the Stroke Center at Bassett’s central facility in Cooperstown to receive specialty consultation without having to be brought there.

  • Fund for Public Health in New York NYCRx: Improving Medication Access and Adherence for New Yorkers Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $299,958

    Each year 1 million New York City residents—many of whom are either uninsured or under-insured—fail to fill a prescription due to cost. Failures to adhere to medication regimens causes more than 3,000 deaths and costs billions of dollars annually. NYCRx targeted this problem by expanding access to programs that offer free pharmaceuticals to clinics throughout New York City.

  • Catholic Charities of Onondaga County KIDS WIN! Child Health Project for Obesity Prevention Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $150,000

    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.

  • Long Beach Medical Center Healthy Sundays: Outreach Through Faith-Based Organizations Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $118,310

    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.

  • Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Addressing Depression in Older Home Health Patients: Increasing Access to Evidence-Based Care Priority Area: Special Projects Fund $149,783

    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.

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