Recognizing the critical importance of health and mental health care to individuals, families, and communities, the Foundation invests in programs or projects that achieve results aligned with the objectives outlined below. Please note that the "Results Sought" reflect the specific outcomes of highest interest to us at this time.

Expand access to health care for underserved, uninsured, or vulnerable populations or communities.

Results Sought:

  1. Increase in number of New Yorkers with adequate health insurance, particularly public and/or publicly subsidized health insurance
  2. Decrease in system- or community-wide barriers to health care or particular health services due to, e.g., immigration status, economic means, or provider capacity
  3. System- or community-wide increase in number of New Yorkers able to seek, navigate, and manage their health care and health insurance, either alone or with the help of a caregiver

(Priority will be given to projects aimed at systems-change or that are systemic or community-wide in scale or approach.)

Grants 2021

City University of New York/Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Foundation
$125,000 (over eighteen months)
To support targeted outreach promoting COVID-19 vaccine confidence in communities where vaccination rates remain low

Community Health Care Association of New York State
$180,000 (over eighteen months)
To support efforts to enhance COVID-19 vaccine confidence, acceptance, and access in low-income communities hard hit by the pandemic

Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc.
$200,000 (over eighteen months)
To help support the work of community-based organizations to increase vaccine confidence and access in low-income communities hard hit by COVID-19

Medicare Rights Center, Inc.
$75,000 (over sixteen months)
To support beneficiary-centered counseling, training/education, and advocacy related to Medicaid and Medicare coverage for New Yorkers who are dually eligible

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Inc.
$75,000 (over eighteen months)
To document and use immigrant health status and deficits in the healthcare provided by detention facilities to advance health justice for immigrants

The Public Good Projects, Inc.
$100,000 (over eighteen months)
To help rebut COVID-19 misinformation and reduce vaccine hesitancy in NYC, working with community organizations and "influencers"

Expand and strengthen quality out-of-hospital health care for the most underserved and vulnerable populations.

Results Sought:

  1. Increase in New Yorkers benefitting from primary care from a “Patient-Centered Medical Home” or comparable out-patient community-based provider
  2. Increase in New Yorkers benefitting from coordinated care, care management, and/or multi-disciplinary services and supports provided in an accessible community- or home-based setting, with a focus on programs targeting individuals living in poverty, with multiple chronic or behavioral health conditions, and/or who are transportation-challenged, including frail elders
  3. Increase in New Yorkers receiving services and supports aimed at reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, readmissions, or emergency room use, and successfully transitioning patients into out-of-hospital community-based care and care management

(Priority will be given to programs capable of being sustained with earned or public sector revenue, producing outcomes of long-term value in a short time, and/or of reducing cost to the system while maintaining or improving quality of care to the individual.)

Grants 2021

$175,000 (over eighteen months)
For a Community Health Worker-based project to reduce barriers to health and social care for low-income, BIPOC and Latinx pregnant persons

Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Health System
$200,000 (over eighteen months)
To employ Community Health Workers to integrate social care into obstetric practice for high-need low-income pregnant persons in the Bronx

Breaking Ground Housing Development Fund Corporation (FKA Common Ground Community H.D.F.C., Inc.)
To build the data capacity needed for the planned Queens Healthcare Pilot

Brownsville Community Development Corporation (dba BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers)
To support patient navigation based at a new urgent care and wellness center

Community Health Care Association of New York State
$100,000 (over fifteen months)
To develop and promote an equity-centered, post-COVID primary care advocacy strategy

Community Health Project, Inc. dba Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
To explore service delivery opportunities that have potential to enhance organizational sustainability and clinical care during and following the pandemic

Institute for Community Living, Inc.
To monitor health status and help address health needs of at least 1,000 residents in scattered-site supported housing

New York Legal Assistance Group, Inc.
To enhance legal services for patients served by NYC Health+Hospitals facilities, and support a pilot project expanding services to patients served by One Brooklyn Health System

Primary Care Development Corporation
$25,000 (over six months)
For an initiative to increase its capacity to facilitate investment by health plans in the quality improvement services of primary care providers in NYC’s low-income and disinvested neighborhoods

Service Program for Older People, Inc.
To help build the field of telehealth, specifically remote behavioral healthcare for older adults

Supportive Housing Network of New York, Inc.
To support advocacy, technical assistance, and public education on behalf of the non-profit supportive housing sector

Urban Pathways, Inc.
To provide health education and connection to community-based health care to clients in supportive housing who live with serious mental and chronic illnesses

Promote development and expansion of the workforce needed to support delivery of primary, community-based, and at-home health care and care management for the most vulnerable populations.

Results Sought:

  1. Increase in number of health care support workers with improved skills, enhanced job quality, and expanded pathways to advancement in the transforming health service sector
  2. Increase in number of workers newly trained for and successfully placed in entry-level and/or paraprofessional positions related to care coordination, care management, and community outreach
Grants 2021

Healthcare Industry Grant Corporation d/b/a 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds
$150,000 (over two years)
To design and demonstrate an employment model that would improve the pay and job quality of home care workers and be sustainable within the Medicaid system

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, Inc.
$100,000 (over eighteen months)
To support policy and practice initiatives in response to COVID-19 that benefit direct care workers and their clients in New York

Visiting Nurse Service of New York
$75,000 (over ten months)
To support the identification of best practices and development of policy recommendations to enhance the health, safety, and experience of direct care workers and their clients during communicable disease crises