Making Grants

Because New York State’s health system is so vast and the public health issues facing New Yorkers are so complex, our grantmaking is targeted to areas where we can use our resources effectively to address the most pressing health and health care issues facing New Yorkers today.

NYHealth grantees reflect the geographic, economic, social, cultural, and racial and ethnic diversity of the Empire State.

Informing Policy

To make a difference beyond our grant dollars and achieve greater impact, we seek to inform changes in policy and practice that will lead to a transformed, more equitable health system and better health for all New Yorkers, especially people of color and others who have been historically marginalized.

We support timely, unbiased, credible analyses and research on important health policy issues facing New York State and develop practical solutions along with our partners and grantees.

Sharing What Works

As a statewide organization committed to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially people of color and others who have been historically marginalized, we are interested in supporting efforts that can have wide-scale impact. When we see a promising or proven idea, we endeavor to collaborate with our grantees, partners, and other funders in testing, replicating, and spreading that model.

Though our financial resources are relatively modest for a statewide foundation, we make concerted efforts to leverage our limited dollars to achieve the most impact.

Pursuing Racial Health Equity

For NYHealth, health equity means that everyone has the opportunities and resources they need to be as healthy as possible and that no one is disadvantaged. We strive to approach our grantmaking with a lens on racial equity, paying particular attention to the health needs of New Yorkers of color and historically marginalized communities. We know that addressing racial health equity is an ongoing process—we endeavor to keep ourselves accountable through internal and external feedback.

Priority Areas

Our History

NYHealth was established as a private foundation to receive the charitable funds resulting from the conversion of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield from a nonprofit organization to a for-profit corporation. Since beginning operations in 2006, NYHealth has made more than 1,550 grants totaling more than $193 million to nearly 750 organizations to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially people of color and others who have been historically marginalized.

The New York Health Foundation was created by the Health Care Workforce Recruitment and Retention Act in 2002.


Our Guiding Principles


Establish and adhere to clear, focused goals and strategies

What We Fund

Be open and transparent about our activities, successes, and failures

Grant Outcomes

Engage health experts and community leaders to help us set priorities and choose grantees

Community Advisory Committee

Be statewide in focus

Our Grantees

Be a learning organization interested in measuring outcomes, communicating results, and diffusing successful ideas for implementation throughout our State and beyond

Event Recaps

Invest in programs with sustainable and replicable prospects


Leverage our resources to maximize the impact of our grant support

Grant Outcomes

Have processes that are user-friendly and responsive to the public

Tools for Grantees

Encourage our staff to perform at high levels and grow in abilities over time

Our Team