Major funding for Biden administration’s US bailout fights COVID-19, expands access to health care and psychosocial support programs
BROOKLYN, NY, September 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Family Health Centers in NYU Langone in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, received a $ 24 million federal grant through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to advance COVID-19 vaccination and education and expand access to comprehensive high-quality care in some that of New York most disadvantaged neighborhoods.
The 2-year scholarship is part of a 350 billion dollars relief package allocated to state and local governments to help individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The subsidy to family health centers is the second largest New York State, where 63 federally licensed health centers received funding to strengthen community health care.
“Strengthening health infrastructure in underserved communities through this visionary plan improves that of New York the general state of health â, says Larry McReynolds, executive director of family health centers at NYU Langone. “This important award recognizes the merits of each program described in our grant proposal and enables us to do much more to make a difference in thousands of lives.”
The funding strengthens a range of programs at NYU Langone Family Health Centers, including the following:
Education and vaccination COVID-19: Increase community awareness, testing and treatment.
Expansion of Behavioral Health Staff and Services: Strengthen an overloaded network of mental health services and professionals by improving access to behavioral health screening, telehealth and in-person treatment; coordination of care and crisis response; support efforts to reduce drug addiction and social stress; and reach more New Yorkers who lack housing.
Technology upgrades that impact community health: Strengthen technological infrastructure, including testing equipment for chronic diseases exacerbated by COVID-19; High-speed Internet; hardware; and call center upgrades to improve FHC’s ability to effectively assess and refer patients to services.
Dental training and care: Resume the FHC dental education program, which was interrupted at the onset of COVID-19; increase the number of registrations to expand the pool of dentists serving the surrounding community; and strengthen screening and oral health services for children and adults.
Pediatric and Adult Pulmonary Programs: Improve the detection, treatment and prevention of diseases; and add new state-of-the-art pulmonary care equipment.
Social determinants of health: Expand community outreach programs through the HCF, such as Table pantry and distribution of emergency food; professional training; child care; community health education programs; and access to vaccines.
Expanding access to primary care services: Increase support related to COVID-19 by using nurse practitioners and community health workers to better manage the care of high-risk patients with diabetes, hypertension and other chronic conditions; and expand medical and behavioral health services to five more homeless shelters through New York City.
Support community partners: A portion of the grant dollars was used to support local partners who provide medical and behavioral care to historically underserved populations, including to help at-risk youth, homeless people and members of the LGBTQ + community, between others ; and address the social determinants of health.
“This grant recognizes that our community is in desperate need of resources that contribute to the well-being and general well-being, including access to high quality health care, social, educational and emotional support,” said Isaac P. Dapkins, MD, Chief Medical Officer of NYU Langone Family Health Centers. âThe breadth and reach of the programs supported by this award will allow us to reach more people during the pandemic and beyond. “
“Our community is facing many health challenges amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said MP Nydia VelÃ¡zquez, which helped secure federal funding. âUS bailout funding ensures that NYU Langone Family Health Centers continue their important work, providing essential services during an unprecedented time. “
About Family Health Centers at NYU Langone
Mainly located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the most Medicaid-focused communities in United States, NYU Langone Family Health Centers is a community-based program that provides high-quality primary and preventive outpatient care to adults and children, regardless of their ability to pay or their health insurance status. The program serves approximately 100,000 people each year throughout Brooklyn and other parts of New York City.
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SOURCE NYU Langone Health