Primary Care

Project Title

Strategic Priority Background Work – Organizing Services for Elders

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Primary Care

Date Awarded

December 27, 2006


Outside New York State




The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) conducted a strategic assessment of potential ways the New York Health Foundation could positively impact how health care and community services are delivered to elders. This report summarized the views of experts across New York State on opportunities for making these services more efficient and effective.

The strategic assessment covered at least four major interventions related to this topic: preparing communities throughout New York State to care for the increasing number of elderly people; better integrating acute and long-term care services; improving financing for long-term care insurance; and redesigning nursing homes for the 21st century. CHWS conducted small, targeted meetings with experts from the field and interviews with key stakeholders to help guide the thinking behind this report. It also drafted reaction papers were integrated into the final report. The final background report was used to guide the Foundation Board’s assessment of this topic as a potential focus area for future grantmaking initiatives.