The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, has been awarded a $24 million federal grant through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to advance COVID-19 vaccination as well as education and increase access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare in certain of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods.
The grant, which runs for a 2-year period it is part of a relief package that was entrusted to state and local governments to assist business and individuals affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. This grant is the second largest awarded in New York State, and Family Health Centers at NYU Langone is among the 63 Federally Qualified Health Centers that received funding to improve community-based health care.
“Strengthening healthcare infrastructure in the most deprived communities through this visionary plan improves the health of New York City’s status overall,” says Larry K. McReynolds, executive director of the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. “This significant award recognizes the merits of each program and lets us be more effective in making a difference for thousands of people.”
The Family Health Centers at NYU Langone are aided by funding. This includes the following:
- COVID-19 education and vaccination: Increase community outreach, testing, and treatment.
- Staff and services for Behavioral Health expansion: Bolster an over-burdened network of professionals and services in the field of mental health by enhancing access to a variety of behavioral health screening, telehealth, and in-person therapy; improving the coordination of care and crisis response; supporting efforts to reduce the effects of substance abuse and social stress; and reaching more New Yorkers without housing.
- Technology advancements that affect healthcare in the community: Increase access to broadband internet, provide hardware and software, and upgrade call centers to allow the Family Health Center at NYU Langone to better assess and direct patients to appropriate services.
- Dental education and care The program is resuming Family Health Centers at NYU Langone’s dental education program, which was suspended at the onset of COVID-19. increase enrollment to expand the dentists’ pipeline that serve the community around them; and strengthen dental screening and oral health services for children and adults.
- Pediatric and adult pulmonary programs: Enhancing lung disease screening, treatment, and prevention, and add modern, state-of-the-art equipment for pulmonary care.
- Social factors that affect health • Expand community outreach programs, including job training, childcare and health education for the community including vaccine access, The Table Food Pantry and food distribution in emergencies.
- Expand access to primary care services: Increase COVID-19 related assistance through nurse practitioners and community health workers to manage treatment for patients at high risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, and other chronic conditions and to expand medical and behavioral health services to five additional New York City shelters for people who lack housing.
- Support community-based partners in the community. A part of the grant money is allocated to local partners that provide medical or behavioral healthcare to historically underserved groups such as at-risk youth and unhoused individuals. It also deals with health and social determinants.
Isaac P. Dapkins MD Chief Medical Officer at NYU Langone’s Family Health Centers, says that this grant recognizes the community’s desperate need for resources that support wellness and overall well-being. “The wide and diverse programs funded by this award will allow us to help more people during the outbreak and beyond.”
Congresswoman Nydia Valazquez who secured federal funding, said that “our community is facing a myriad of healthcare issues, which are made worse by the COVID-19 virus.” “The American Rescue Plan funding ensures that the Family Health Centers at NYU langone continue their important work, providing critical services during a period of unprecedented difficulty.”
Principally located in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, one of the highest Medicaid-concentrated communities in the United States, the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone 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 health insurance status. It serves around 100,000 people per year in Brooklyn and other parts of New York City.
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