Developing a Statewide Growth & Sustainability Plan for New York’s Federally Qualified Health Centers
Expanding Health Care Coverage
December 8, 2011
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Countless New Yorkers are without ready access to a primary care provider. At the same time, successful implementation of Federal health reform will require expanded primary care capacity both to care for the influx of newly insured people and to ensure a strong safety net for those who remain uninsured.
The Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) produced a statewide Growth and Sustainability Plan (SGSP) for New York. The plan utilized best-of-breed approaches used in other statewide plans from across the country.
Using a rich array of quantitative and qualitative data, the plan enabled New York to target its investments and policy decisions. Building on a firm analytic base, the plan developed actionable strategies for increasing capacity. Specifically, the SGSP focused on three major components: increasing capacity by addressing workforce needs, boosting FQHC productivity, and by expanding services and establishing new sites. Given the geographic variation in patient populations, barriers to care, penetration of FQHCs, and stakeholder influence, CHCANYS developed two complementary sub-plans within the SGSP. One sub-plan focused on areas outside of New York City, while the other addressed the unique environment of New York City. In both, the SGSP identified opportunities for expanding primary care capacity and provided actionable recommendations for achieving those gains.
Read the report associated with this grant, “A Plan for Expanding Sustainable Community Health Centers in New York.”