Priority Areas

NYSHealth concentrates most of our activities and grantmaking in a limited number of strategic priority areas. In each area, we have developed a set of specific goals and focused strategies to advance our efforts. To have an impact in these areas, we make grants, convene key stakeholders, and commission and disseminate policy analyses that inform health care policy and practice throughout New York State

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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Healthy Food, Healthy Lives

Food insecurity is widespread and serious across New York State. To connect New Yorkers with the food they need to thrive, NYSHealth seeks to enable policies that promote healthy and affordable food and test and scale programs that connect people to healthy and affordable food.

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Veterans’ 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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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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Past Priority Areas

NYSHealth is committed to supporting a range of projects that improve health at a regional or statewide level, particularly for vulnerable New Yorkers. As the health needs and opportunities in New York change over time, our work also evolves to ensure we can have as much impact as possible. We often build upon our previous investments and use them to inform our current priority areas and grantmaking strategies. You can learn more about our earlier work to improve the health of New Yorkers from across the State.