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  • 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.

  • MOW (Monroe, Ontario, Wayne) Health Project By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: December 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Action for a Better Community, Inc.

    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.

  • Improving Access to High Quality Care in East Harlem By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Mount Sinai School of Medicine

    East Harlem has the highest rate of hospitalization and death from asthma in New York State. With proven and effective therapies available for asthma care, many emergency room visits and hospitalizations are preventable. This project sought to improve access to timely, high-quality follow-up care for adults with asthma in East Harlem who visit the emergency room or are hospitalized at Mount Sinai.

  • Changing Children’s Lives by Transforming School System Policies By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Health Association of Niagara County

    Recognizing that obesity in youth has lifelong negative effects, including increasing the likelihood of developing serious chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, this project sought to reduce obesity rates for Niagara-area children by identifying and recommending new school system policies and other environmental changes to promote healthy eating and increase physical activity.

  • Straight Talk: A Community Model to Reduce Unprotected Sex Resulting from Substance Abuse By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: October 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Planned Parenthood of Northern New York

    Rural Jefferson County in northern New York has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the State. Researchers at the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University and others have shown a connection between risky sexual activity and teens’ use of drugs or alcohol. Planned Parenthood of Northern New York, the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council of Jefferson County, and Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions formed a coalition to create a campaign to raise awareness of the interrelationship of substance abuse and unprotected sex.

  • Nourishing our Community: A Food & Nutrition Education Project in the Bronx By: NYSHealth Priority Areas: Special Projects Fund Date: September 2008 Type: Grant Outcome Reports, Grantee Name: Phipps Community Development Corporation

    The South Bronx has more obese residents than elsewhere in New York City—27% of its residents, compared to 20% of New Yorkers citywide—according to a 2006 a Federal community survey. Contributing to the high rates of obesity and diabetes are unhealthy eating habits, which result in part from a lack of opportunities for acquiring fresh produce. The project sought to provide nutrition information and healthy food options for people living in an impoverished urban area.

  • 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.

  • Improving Healthcare for People with Developmental Disabilities using Telehealth 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.

  • Launching the 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.

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