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Growing Community Health Centers

Community health centers are on the front lines of primary care, but many community health centers struggle with low margins, limited funding, and growing demand. After health reform is implemented fully, community health centers are expected to double capacity to serve 3 million New Yorkers.

In 2012, NYSHealth’s investments supported two approaches to ensure that New York’s community health centers have the resources, capacity, and facilities needed to succeed.

The Foundation made 10 grants in April 2012 and six grants in December 2012 to community health centers in nine medically underserved regions to enable them to serve more patients, open new sites, or add new services. Grant projects included helping a children’s clinic take on adult patients; funding an architect to design a new medical center from an empty lot; and adding dental services in a region that was almost completely lacking oral health care.

Learn more about this initiative from NYSHealth Program Officer Amy Shefrin in the video below.

NYSHealth also supported a technical assistance project with the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) to help health centers successfully apply for Federal grants to create or grow community health center sites. When the grants were announced in June 2012, 11 of the 12 centers the NYSHealth grant had assisted won awards potentially worth more than $25 million—a 64-fold return on the Foundation’s investment. A GrantWatch article by NYSHealth staff in the November 2012 issue of Health Affairs examined the strategy behind this initiative.