Best of 2023 Annual Report

In 2023, as pandemic-era policies came to an end, NYHealth focused on connecting New Yorkers to healthy food; advancing primary care; improving veterans’ health; and responding to time-sensitive and emerging health issues.

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Medical Debt in NY State and Its Unequal Burden across Communities

An NYHealth-funded analysis by the Urban Institute finds that nearly half of New Yorkers with medical debt owed $500 or more. See a breakdown of medical debt across the State.

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Food Insufficiency During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This NYHealth brief examines food insufficiency during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York State from 2020 through 2022.

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Data Snapshot: Veteran Suicide in New York State

This NYHealth data snapshot shows the veteran suicide rate in New York State from 2011–2020.

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Statewide Impact. Real New Yorkers.

Western New York Rebuilding a Good Life

Rebuilding a Good Life

Pazir was ripped from the life he knew when the Taliban bombed the Kabul International Airport. Read his story of trauma, resilience, and recovery.

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Finger Lakes Refugees Get Off to a New Start with Health Care Services

Refugees Get Off to a New Start with Health Care Services

Mohammed Hussan is an Arabic-speaking refugee from Iraq; because of his Christian faith, he was jailed and beaten in his home country. Mohammed and his family arrived in Rochester in 2014, where they were able to access health care and rebuild their lives through an innovative program.

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Central New York A Healthy Valentine’s Day

A Healthy Valentine’s Day

Riley Elementary’s second-grade class faced an important choice: What snacks would they eat for their class Valentine’s Day Party? The class has been learning about nutrition and physical activity through Oswego County Health Department’s Healthy Highway program.

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North Country Care for the Whole Family

Care for the Whole Family

Lori, a mother of two, could not afford health insurance. Luckily, her children were able to qualify for low-cost health insurance—with the help of the North Country Children’s Clinic, she enrolled them in Child Health Plus.

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Capital Region Vulnerable Children Receive Vital Oral Health Services

Vulnerable Children Receive Vital Oral Health Services

Four-year-old Noah has a happy, healthy smile, thanks in part to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Smiles Program, a pilot program that is connecting some of New York’s most vulnerable children to oral health services.

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Hudson Valley New Yorkers at High Risk for Diabetes Find Help from YMCA Program

New Yorkers at High Risk for Diabetes Find Help from YMCA Program

A diabetes prevention program offered by YMCAs across the State has helped Donald, Grace, and other participants reduce their risk developing the disease by 50% and improve their health and wellbeing.

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New York City East Harlem Bikes, Runs, and Walks Its Way to Better Health

East Harlem Bikes, Runs, and Walks Its Way to Better Health

5-year-old Moa is an expert on Randall’s Island, having explored every corner of the park during weekly visits with his parents. For Moa, his parents, and other East Harlem residents, the ability to access Randall’s Island for fresh air and physical activity has been a boon.

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Long Island Children Struggling with Mental Illness Get Help at the Pediatrician’s Office

Children Struggling with Mental Illness Get Help at the Pediatrician’s Office

For children living with mental health conditions, finding and receiving timely treatment can be difficult. A new program on Long Island is working to better meet the needs of children with mental health issues and their families.

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Read an article in Times Union, citing an NYHealth fact sheet on medical assistants, on how New York State has the opportunity to increase access to care by enabling medical assistants to perform procedures like administrating vaccines.

Read "Medical assistants can increase access to care — if we let them"
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Read an article in WENY News featuring an NYHealth-funded initiative on improving access to primary care in rural communities by expanding telehealth services at local banks.

Read "U of R Medical Center & Five Star Bank Work Together to Help Expand Healthcare Access in Rural Communities"
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Listen to an interview on Capitol Pressroom, featuring NYHealth Senior Program Officer Derek Coy, explaining how the State could help veterans by funding mentoring services and investing in homeless prevention services.

Read "Addressing holistic needs of veterans"
President’s Corner

NYHealth President and CEO David Sandman testified at the New York State Joint Legislative Budget Hearing: Health/Medicaid on advancing primary care.

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NYHealth President and CEO David Sandman highlights the benefits and implementation challenges of the new Summer EBT program.

Read "Summer Looks a Little Brighter for New York Families"
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Read an article in City and State New York mentioning NYHealth President and CEO David Sandman as one the top 100 most important health care leaders seeking out solutions in New York State.

Read "The 2024 Health Care Power 100"
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Read an article in Spectrum News 1, featuring NYHealth grantees, on a letter to Gov. Hochul signed by more than 100 organizations calling for opioid settlement dollars to fund overdose prevention centers.

Read "Groups want New York opioid settlement funds to go to overdose prevention centers"
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Read an op-ed in Times Union from NYHealth Senior Program Officer Julia McCarthy on how New York State can improve food security through the Summer EBT Program if it opts in.

Read "Summer EBT program will help keep kids fed — but only if New York opts in"