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  • Conversion to Community Health Center Status By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: April 2010 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: His Branches, Inc.

    Private practitioners working in association with His Branches have provided medical services at its current location for the past 30 years. In today’s contracted reimbursement environment, however, the sustainability of these services is in question. This $23,000 special opportunity grant has provided funding to convert His Branches' health clinic to an article 28 Diagnostic and treatment Facility. Conversion to article 28 status allows for increased Medicaid reimbursements and community support in the form of donations and grants, as well as additional state and Federal reimbursements, which would make it possible for His Branches to provide services to more people.

  • Community MAP: Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Project for the Southeast Bronx By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: March 2010 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Medicare Rights Center

    Many seniors living in the South Bronx who have incomes below the poverty level are eligible for low-income benefit programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program; however, less than one-third of these eligible individuals were actually enrolled in low-income programs. The disproportionate share of poor senior residents and those affected by diabetes in this community resulted in an urgent need for direct assistance in accessing benefits programs and teaching senior residents to effectively use these benefits.

  • 100 Years - Child Health Planning & Child Health Initiative By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: March 2010 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Commission on the Public’s Health System

    Access to health care services is particularly difficult for the uninsured who live in low-income, medically underserved communities. As a result, many children and their families are left without access to primary care and preventive services. The Child Health Initiative sought to underscore the importance of Child Health Clinics by providing access to primary and preventive health care in medically underserved areas, and to advertise their existence to low-income, immigrant families of color.

  • Developing Quality Care through Quality Jobs: Expanding Affordable Coverage to New York State’s Direct-Care Workers By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Expanding Health Care Coverage Date: March 2010 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Inc. (PHI)

    In New York State, home care workers—-including home health aides, home care aides, and personal care attendants—-provide necessary home-based care and support to the elderly and disabled. Yet, because of the fluctuating nature of their work they are ineligible for Medicaid, and as many as one in three of these workers either lack health insurance or are inadequately insured.

  • Providing 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.

  • Recognizing and Treating 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.

  • Developing 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.

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