Health & Nutrition

DACA Health Access Campaign (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)

DACA Health Access Campaign (Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs)

The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs has launched a public education and advertising campaign to increase awareness of Medicaid eligibility and facilitate enrollment among income-eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and currently undocumented potential DACA applicants. Supported by the Mayor’s Fund and the New York State Health Foundation, this new DACA Health Access campaign will reach more than 300,000 immigrants through targeted advertising, public education materials, and centralized resources. This campaign will be the largest effort across the country to highlight low-income DACA recipients’ potential Medicaid eligibility and other benefits.

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ThriveNYC (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

ThriveNYC (Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)

ThriveNYC: A Mental Health Roadmap for All is New York City’s plan of action to guide the city toward a more effective and holistic mental health system, one that promotes mental health, prevents illness, and detects problems early, in addition to treating conditions. Driven by Mayor’s Fund Board Chair Chirlane McCray, ThriveNYC aims to ensure New Yorkers can get the treatment that they need – and lays out an approach that will improve the mental well-being of all New Yorkers. The Roadmap’s 54 initiatives represent a total commitment of more than $850 million over the next four years, including $305 million in new commitments of both public and private dollars. The Mayor’s Fund and its private partners helped to support the construction of the Roadmap, and will continue to assist in the execution of its principles, furthering the mental well-being of New Yorkers.

Learn more about ThriveNYC.

Building Healthy Communities (Mayor's Office of Strategic Partnerships and the Fund for Public Health in New York)

Building Healthy Communities (Mayor's Office of Strategic Partnerships and the Fund for Public Health in New York)

Many higher-poverty neighborhoods have historically been neglected from public investment in safe open spaces, access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity. Many of these same communities continue to report high rates of crime and equally high rates of obesity, diabetes and chronic disease. To improve health outcomes in these communities, the de Blasio administration has launched the Building Healthy Communities initiative, a multi-million dollar public-private partnership committed to taking an innovative, holistic approach to increasing access to healthy food, increasing opportunities for physical activity and promoting public safety in 12 densely populated and underserved neighborhoods: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Canarsie, Central Harlem, Corona, East Harlem, Flushing, Hunts Point, Mariners Harbor, Morrisania, Mott Haven and Stapleton. Building Healthy Communities will achieve its goals by organizing private sector partners, nonprofit organizations like GrowNYC and 10 city agencies in transforming existing public spaces and developing new and exciting programming that can impact the health and wellbeing of all of the targeted neighborhoods.

Learn more about Building Healthy Communities.

Connections To Care

Connections To Care (Center for Economic Opportunity, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, & Corporation for National & Community Service)

In July 2015, the Mayor’s Fund was awarded a Social Innovation Fund federal grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to launch the $30 million Connections to Care public-private partnership in collaboration with the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Health Department. Connections to Care is a five-year study that is looking to expand access to mental health services by integrating evidence-based support into community-based organizations that are already serving low-income, at-risk New Yorkers. By training staff at community-based organizations who are non-mental health professionals to provide this support, Connections to Care aims to improve the mental health of the organizations’ clients, and in turn, increase clients’ success with other social services provided by the organization. Connections to Care will be implemented by about a dozen, competitively-selected community-based organizations that provide 1) pregnancy, early childhood, or family services for expectant mothers and young families; 2) services to out of school, out of work young adults; or 3) workforce development services to the unemployed.

Learn more about Connections to Care.

Direct Access

Direct Access (Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, the Human Resources Administration & the Robin Hood Foundation)

The "Direct Access" health initiative aims to improve health care access for the city's immigrant population, making New York City one of the first major U.S. municipalities to expand health care access after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. The program will coordinate reliable access to affordable care for immigrants who are excluded from federal and state support. The estimated cost of the initial launch is $6 million to be partially financed with dollars secured by the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The Robin Hood Foundation has already committed to support the Direct Access initiative, and details of additional private funders are forthcoming.

Learn more about the "Direct Access" health initiative.
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