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Strengthening Community Health Centers

The Foundation funded a series of grants to support New York State’s nonprofit health centers in their efforts to reorganize, forge partnerships, or merge with other organizations during a time of financial distress. The sector is under growing stress: an NYSHealth report prepared by the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) found that, over a seven-year study period, 43% of New York State's nonprofit health centers had lost money in all or most years.

One successful outcome of this investment is expanded access to primary health care in Jamaica, Queens. Nearly 4,000 patients were at risk of losing their regular source of health care when St. Dominic Health Center faced imminent closure as a result of its parent organization's bankruptcy filing. Through support from NYSHealth, PCDC, the New York State Department of Health, and other funders, the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, acquired the St. Dominic Center and expanded its operations.

Under Addabbo’s leadership, the center has thrived, preserving a needed source of care and services in Jamaica. In one year, the center saw a 500% increase in patient visits; expanded the range of primary care services available to include pediatrics, HIV/AIDS services, dental care, and an onsite pharmacy; and added 20 new health care jobs in the community.