Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Commission on the Public’s Health System

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

March 2010

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

December 2007 – December 2008


Access to health care services is particularly difficult for the uninsured who live in low-income, medically underserved communities.

As a result, many children and their families are left without access to primary care and preventive services. The Child Health Initiative sought to underscore the importance of Child Health Clinics by providing access to primary and preventive health care in medically underserved areas, and to advertise their existence to low-income, immigrant families of color.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • The Policy Committee of the Commission’s project oversaw the development of a Child/Teen/Family Health Policy Agenda, Yes New York Can!, which aims to ensure that the acute, ambulatory, and longterm care services and facilities of New York City’s delivery system are aligned with and highly responsive to the specific and declared needs of pediatric health care consumers and their families, regardless of diagnosis, race, ethnicity, language spoken, socioeconomic status, or community of residence.
  • The Coalition recommended safety empowerment zones and mandatory school workshops to address nutrition and activity levels for local children.
  • The Policy Committee also developed a vision statement for the Agenda, which addresses children’s need to grow up healthy and in healthy communities.
  • Each borough coalition reviewed survey data from its respective borough and used its experience living and working in their neighborhoods to develop policy initiatives and recommendations for actions for their boroughs.

Read a New York Times Q & A about child health care in New York, featuring Judy Wessler, the Director of the Commission on the Public’s Health System.