Expanding Health Care Coverage

Grantee Name

Community Health Care Association of New York State

Funding Area

Expanding Health Care Coverage

Publication Date

August 2011

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 2008 – December 2008


This project aimed to increase the number of patients with immigrant status enrolled in public health insurance programs at community health centers (CHCs) across New York State.

The Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) developed a comprehensive resource manual to educate frontline CHC staff about immigrants and health insurance for upstate CHCs and thus, created a valuable resource and an encouraging environment for patients with immigrant status. CHCANYS also developed recommendations for the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to improve the health care available to immigrants.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Created a comprehensive resource manual explaining immigrants’ eligibility for health insurance, specifically for CHCs outside New York City.
  • Used the manual in three statewide training sessions for immigrant benefit experts.
  • Created a curriculum for the statewide training sessions that highlighted specific issues raised during the manual development process.
  • Distributed the manual through the CHCANYS network of more than 50 statewide CHCs, which includes more than 425 sites throughout New York State.
  • Coordinated and facilitated the New York State Community Health Center Immigrant Eligibility and Coverage Workgroup, which comprises immigrant health insurance specialists.
  • Developed policy recommendations related to the barriers that CHCs face in enrolling immigrant patients in health insurance and sent recommendations to officials at the NYSDOH.

Read the report associated with this grant, “An Assessment of New York Health Foundation 2007 Health Insurance Coverage Grants.”

Read the manual associated with this grant, “Community, Migrant, and Homeless Center Handbook.”