What We Do
The New York State Health Foundation seeks to improve the health of all New Yorkers. We are committed not only to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our grant dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs that work to improve the health system, serving as a convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.
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.
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.
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 1,300 grants totaling more than $170 million to 670 organizations to improve the health of all New Yorkers.
See what we accomplished—and what we learned—in our first 10 years of operations.Read More
We’re especially proud of our work that has made a tangible, meaningful difference in the health and lives of New Yorkers.Read More
The New York State Health Foundation was created by the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act in 2002.READ ABOUT OUR ORIGINS
Our Guiding Principles
Establish and adhere to clear, focused goals and strategiesWhat We Fund
Be open and transparent about our activities, successes, and failuresGrant Outcomes
Engage health experts and community leaders to help us set priorities and choose granteesCommunity Advisory Committee
Be statewide in focusOur Grantees
Be a learning organization interested in measuring outcomes, communicating results, and diffusing successful ideas for implementation throughout our State and beyondEvent Recaps
Invest in programs with sustainable and replicable prospectsResources
Leverage our resources to maximize the impact of our grant supportGrant Outcomes
Have processes that are user-friendly and responsive to the publicTools for Grantees
Encourage our staff to perform at high levels and grow in abilities over timeOur Team