What We Do
The New York Health Foundation seeks to improve the health of all New Yorkers, especially people of color and others who have been historically marginalized. We are committed not only to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond our grant dollars: informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs that work to improve the health system and make it more equitable, serving as a convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to our grantees and partners.
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.
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.
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 nearly 1,400 grants totaling nearly $178 million to more than 700 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.READ ABOUT OUR ORIGINS
Our Guiding Principles
Establish and adhere to clear, focused goals and strategiesWhat We Fund
Be open and transparent about our activities, successes, and failuresGrant Outcomes
Engage health experts and community leaders to help us set priorities and choose granteesCommunity Advisory Committee
Be statewide in focusOur Grantees
Be a learning organization interested in measuring outcomes, communicating results, and diffusing successful ideas for implementation throughout our State and beyondEvent Recaps
Invest in programs with sustainable and replicable prospectsResources
Leverage our resources to maximize the impact of our grant supportGrant Outcomes
Have processes that are user-friendly and responsive to the publicTools for Grantees
Encourage our staff to perform at high levels and grow in abilities over timeOur Team