Special Projects Fund

Project Title

Caring for People Living with Long COVID

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Date Awarded

June 13, 2023




In Progress



Most people who get COVID-19 recover within a few weeks; however, some people—even those who had mild versions of the disease—experience symptoms that last longer.

When symptoms and conditions continue or develop four weeks or more after initial infection, health experts consider it Long COVID, which can last for months or years and disrupt people’s daily functioning. Communities that face health inequities, including patients of color, are the most affected by Long COVID; however, their experiences have been largely excluded from the discourse. To meet these challenges, the New York State Department of Health, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and public and private hospital systems have deployed resources, established clinical centers of excellence, and organized groups to advocate for large-scale solutions. With the end of the federal public health emergency and pandemic-era funding, resources that were supporting these emerging systems have dried up. It is necessary to preserve access to Long COVID care and services, identify scalable and sustainable models, and ensure that patients are engaged in decision-making and developing care plans. In 2023, NYHealth awarded NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) a grant to connect Long COVID patients in New York City to care, train primary care providers, and engage patients and communities to identify treatment needs and preferences. 

Under this grant, H+H will connect New Yorkers with Long COVID care, maintaining operation of its NYC COVID hotline and training the hotline staff to field inquiries from individuals with Long COVID. It will cross-promote the hotline and continue to disseminate information through its new patient and family advisory council (PFAC). H+H will link callers to primary care appointments and services to address their social needs (e.g., financial support, housing, disability services). As the landscape shifts, it will use data collected from the hotline to identify resource gaps. H+H will also train primary care providers to increase their skills in diagnosing and treating Long COVID. It will institute a Long COVID-focused PFAC to allow providers, patients, and family members to learn from one another and collaborate. H+H will partner with community-based organizations to shape ongoing service provision, provider education, and patient support.  

NYHealth is also supporting a complementary initiative with a grant to Long COVID Justice