Making Grants

Because New York State’s health system is so vast and the public health issues facing New Yorkers are so complex, our grantmaking is targeted to areas where we can use our resources effectively to address the most pressing health and health care issues facing New Yorkers today.

NYSHealth grantees reflect the geographic, economic, social, cultural, and ethnic diversity of the Empire State.

Informing Policy

To make a difference beyond our grant dollars and achieve greater impact, we seek to inform changes in policy and practice that will lead to a transformed health system and better health for all New Yorkers.

We support timely, unbiased, credible analyses and research on important health policy issues facing New York State and develop practical solutions along with our partners and grantees.

Sharing What Works

As a statewide organization committed to improving the health of all New Yorkers, we are interested in supporting efforts that can have wide-scale impact. When we see a promising or proven idea, we endeavor to collaborate with our grantees, partners, and other funders in testing, replicating, and spreading that model.

Though our financial resources are relatively modest for a statewide foundation, we make concerted efforts to leverage our limited dollars to achieve the most impact.

Priority Areas

Building Healthy Communities

To help communities become healthier, more active places, the Foundation is supporting initiatives across the State to help more New Yorkers of all ages eat healthy foods, become physically active, and have access to a range of programs that encourage healthy life choices.

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Empowering Health Care Consumers

New Yorkers find the health care system incredibly complex to understand and navigate. To ensure that consumers have the tools, resources, and support they need to be empowered and make informed decisions about their health care, the Foundation is focused on two strategies: (1) promoting information transparency and (2) engaging patients as partners in health care decision-making.

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Special Projects Fund

Grants through our Special Projects Fund allow us to support projects that address an important health care or public health issue in the State, but are outside of our targeted priority areas. Eligible projects are coordinated interventions that take place over a specified period of time to achieve quantifiable results.

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Veteran's Health

The NYSHealth Initiative for Returning Veterans and Their Families seeks to underscore that the health care, mental health, and social services issues returning veterans and their families face are not solely military issues, but public and community health issues that should be addressed by local and national government agencies, community-based organizations, and health funders.

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Our History

Our roots are in insurance. NYSHealth was established as a private foundation to receive the charitable funds resulting from the conversion of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit corporation. Since beginning operations in 2006, NYSHealth has made more than 800 grants totaling nearly $130 million to more than 475 organizations to improve the health of all New Yorkers.

10-year report

See what we accomplished—and what we learned—in our first 10 years of operations.

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Our Biggest Wins

We’re especially proud of our work that has made a tangible, meaningful difference in the health and lives of New Yorkers.

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5-year report

Learn about our achievements, impacts, missteps, and lessons as we established a new organization to address the health-related challenges facing New York State.

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The New York State Health Foundation was created by the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act in 2002.

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Our Guiding Principles

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Establish and adhere to clear, focused goals and strategies

What We Fund
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Be open and transparent about our activities, successes, and failures

Grant Outcomes
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Engage health experts and community leaders to help us set priorities and choose grantees

Community Advisory Committee
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Be statewide in focus

Our Grantees
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Be a learning organization interested in measuring outcomes, communicating results, and diffusing successful ideas for implementation throughout our State and beyond

Event Recaps
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Invest in programs with sustainable and replicable prospects

Resources
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Leverage our resources to maximize the impact of our grant support

Grant Outomces
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Have processes that are user-friendly and responsive to the public

Tools for Grantees
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Encourage our staff to perform at high levels and grow in abilities over time

Our Team