Health Foundation awards more than $2.9 million in grants in second half of 2013

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has awarded new grants totaling more than $2.9 million in the second half of 2013, Foundation President Ann F. Monroe announced Friday, January 17, 2014.

The Foundation’s grant making activities reflect its commitment to three focus areas: improving the quality of care for frail elders and deferring the triggers of decline; improving health care for young children living in poverty and growing community health capacity.

Frail Elders: Creating Options for Dignified Aging

  • Healthy Community Alliance, Gowanda, NY – $135,000 to serve as the fiscal administrator for the Foundation’s Geriatric Education program.
  • IMPARA: The Rodney and Marjorie Fink Institute at Menorah Park for Applied Research on Aging, Syracuse, NY – $8,000 to support a geriatric mental health needs assessment in central New York.
  • Menorah Campus, Amherst, NY – $50,000 for the Town Square for Aging project.

The following colleges and universities were awarded funding as part of the Investing in an Elder-Competent Workforce: Strengthening Nursing and Social Work Education initiative:

  • D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY – $30,000 to integrate the Respecting Choices program and a geriatric rotation program into its nursing curriculum
  • Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY – $30,000 to implement the he Respecting Choices program and a geriatric clinical rotation experience into its nursing program
  • UB Foundation Services, Amherst, NY – $30,000 for the UB School of Social Work to integrate the Respecting Choices program and support implementation of a geriatric rotation for social work students. In addition UB was granted $30,000 for the UB Institute for Person Centered Care to participate in the Geriatric Rotation program to improve the elder care competency of students in multiple disciplines.

Two organizations received grant funding for work on a root cause analysis regarding improving medication outcomes for older adults.

  • D’Youville College, Buffalo, NY – $35,990
  • Research Foundation for SUNY, Buffalo, NY – $10,000

The following organizations were awarded $50,000 in funding as part of Phase 2 of Step Up to Stop Falls:

  • Oswego County Opportunities, Oswego, NY
  • Herkimer County HealthNet, Herkimer, NY
  • Cayuga County Human Services Coalition, Auburn, NY

Young Children Living in Poverty: Building Blocks for Healthier Kids

  • Christian Health Service of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY – $32,500 to fund a full-time and part-time nurse for one fiscal quarter to expand their capacity to offer primary care to Medicaid and uninsured patients.
  • DentaQuest Institute, Boston, MA – $11,000 to create a ‘how to’ portable dental care manual for New York State Article 28 dental programs.
  • Eighth District Dental Society, Cheektowaga, NY – $330,000 to serve as the fiscal agent for the second phase of the CHOMPERS! Cavity Free Kids program.
  • Each of the following organizations was granted $20,000 from this fund as part of the second phase of the CHOMPERS! Cavity Free Kids program: ACCORD Corporation, Belmont, NY; Mohawk Valley Perinatal Network, Utica, NY; Holy Cross Head Start, Buffalo, NY; Cattaraugus and Wyoming County Project Head Start, Delavan, NY
  • Harder + Company, San Francisco, CA – $25,000 from the Eighth District Dental Society funding to conduct the second phase of the CHOMPERS! Cavity Free Kids evaluation. Harder + Company was also granted $10,000 from the Health Foundation to provide technical assistance to Niagara University during the launch phase of Help Me Grow WNY.
  • March of Dimes, New York State Chapter – $250,000 to expand the Women’s Health Education Navigation program into a replicable, sustainable model.
  • Niagara University, Niagara Falls, NY – $73,440 to support a project director who will facilitate the implementation of the business plan for Help Me Grow WNY.
  • Research Foundation for SUNY, Buffalo, NY – $2,995 to provide data and analytical support for a demographic data project assessing the utilization of Head Start, Universal Pre-K licensed day care and other day care/preschool services in western New York.
  • Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy, Albany, NY – $170,000 for the Campaign to Support Children’s Oral Health
  • United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Buffalo, NY – $6,000 to fund collaborative creation of a set of goals and measures that will shape efforts to improve outcomes for children ages 0-8.

Growing Community Health Capacity

  • Care Management Coalition of WNY, Buffalo, NY – $3,000 to support a ‘Day with the Authors’ event coordinated by the Trauma-Informed Community Initiative of Western New York.
  • Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC – $30,510 to develop an evaluation to examine the impact of the Health Leadership Fellows projects on the populations served by the Foundation.
  • Central New York Community Foundation, Syracuse, NY – $10,000 to support the planning phase of CNYCF’s efforts to develop a Syracuse Green and Healthy Homes Fund for the City of Syracuse. CNYCF was also awarded $10,000 to serve as the fiscal agent to support the 2014l-2016 business plan for the Human Services Leadership Council.
  • Community Connections of NY, Buffalo, NY – $235,000 to serve as the fiscal agent for the GetSET program.
  • Community Health Worker Network of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY – $205,240 to expand the scope of the Community Health Worker Network and build a long-term strategic and sustainability plan.
  • East Hill Family Medical, Inc., Auburn, NY – $48,000 to engage an organizational consultant to increase organizational core competencies and capacity. East Hill also received a $15,500 to assist in preparing and submitting an application for a federal Service Area Competition Grant.
  • Evergreen Foundation, Buffalo, NY – $9,000 to act as the fiscal agent for SNAPCAP (Safety Net Association of Primary Care Affiliated Providers of WNY).
  • HealtheConnections, Syracuse, NY – $7,750 to purchase the rights to use Salient software for accessing New York State Medicaid data and receive training in the use of the software.
  • HEALTHeLINK, Buffalo, NY – $35,411 to support the first phase of implementation ofcommon technology solution that Health Homes can all use in moving forward in the Health Home process.
  • Herkimer County Health Net, Herkimer, NY – $20,000 to fund a consultant to develop a business plan/feasibility study for reestablishing Herkimer County’s Prenatal Care Clinic.
  • Institute for Human Services, Bath, NY – $105,000 for training provided to non-profits related to organizational capacity building.
  • P2 Collaborative of Western New York, West Seneca, NY – $45,000 to provide bridge support to allow sufficient time to demonstrate the sustainability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Community-based Care Transitions Program pilot in western New York.
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine, Colorado Health Outcomes Program and Department of Family Medicine, Denver, CO – $250,000 to evaluate the HealthiER model project at the Erie County Medical Center and Buffalo General Hospital.
  • Western New York Grantmakers, Buffalo, NY – $1,000 to support its annual Grantmaker/Grantseeker Program.