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.)

2014 Grants

Care for the Homeless
To help support an intensive patient enrollment and engagement initiative, employing best practices to address systemic barriers to Medicaid enrollment and health care for homeless New Yorkers

Children's Defense Fund - New York
To help support access by children and families to health insurance and enrollment assistance on New York's online health benefits marketplace, and to promote a plan to improve quality health care offered to public school students in NYC

Community Service Society of New York
To help support an analysis of the costs associated with at least three policy options aimed at enhancing insurance coverage for undocumented immigrants in New York

Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State
To support an initiative to broaden coverage of non-hospice palliative home care by Managed Care plans, and to develop a home-based palliative care model that aims to advance quality of care and cost reduction objectives

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (aka Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
$100,000 (over eighteen months)
To help expand the capacity of the Center to Advance Palliative Care to provide and scale-up clinical and operational training through web-based curricula

Make the Road New York
To continue support for a project to help track healthcare utilization among newly insured low-income immigrants, and to initiate data collection on the health services and health insurance benefits that undocumented immigrants most need and want

Medicare Rights Center, Inc.
$75,000 (over fifteen months)
To engage community and advocacy partners in preparing to educate and assist clients affected by the launch of NYS's Fully Integrated Dual Advantage (FIDA) managed care demonstration program in NYC

New York State Health Foundation
$115,000 (over eighteen months)
As a final grant to help support the New York State Health Foundation's multi-agency health insurance enrollment network initiative with a renewal grant to a NYC-based network participant