15 CNY Projects Receive $8.4 Million in Innovation Funding 

SYRACUSE, NY -- Today, Central New York Care Collaborative, Inc. announced $8.4 Million in awards for 15 healthcare and community-based related projects across central New York through their Innovation Fund.  

The Innovation Fund was established by Central New York Care Collaborative in 2017 to help coordinate services and improve care for Medicaid and uninsured patients by funding creative approaches that address physical, social, and mental health needs while also fostering cross-sector partnerships throughout six-counties in the region (Cayuga, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, and Oswego County).

2019 Innovation Fund awardees were selected from nearly 40 applications submitted from local organizations. Applicants submitted proposals that were scored and ranked by an independent evaluator based on several key considerations (e.g. innovativeness, compelling need, collaboration with other organizations etc.). In total, fifteen projects have been selected to receive funding to develop programs that address critical areas of need.


15 projects selected to receive funding are (Primary organization / Project Name):

  • ARISE / Food Security Options and Healthy Outcomes Development Project (FOOD Project) $1,000,000
  • Aurora of CNY / Integrated Vision/Hearing and Healthcare Services $500,000
  • Catholic Charities of Onondaga County / Syracuse Healing Network $508,056.84
  • Cayuga County Community Mental Health Center / Cayuga County Chronic Disease Management $155,178
  • Central New York Health Home Network / No Wrong Door Integrated System of Care $749,642
  • ConnextCare / Collaborative System of Care to Improve Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Oswego County $776,537.50
  • Crouse Health / Nurturing and Attachment Education for Parents to Address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to Improve Children's Health & Well-being $350,375
  • Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare / VBP Chronic Care Management Partnership $760,000
  • Liberty Resources / Syracuse Social Opportunity Community Center (SOCC) $735,490
  • Northern Regional Center for Independent Living / Creating a Bridges Community in Lewis County NY $250,000
  • Joseph’s Health / Northside Women's Wellness Center $500,000
  • Syracuse Community Health Center / Healthcare and CBO Partnership: Using a Food Prescription Program to Improve the Health of Food Insecure Patients $360,985
  • Upstate University Hospital / Self-Management and Results Through Community Activated Resources - Diabetes (SMART CARE) $224,431
  • Upstate University Hospital / Integrated Care Management to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in Refugee and Immigrant Patients (ICARE) $232,638
  • Upstate University Hospital / Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Intensive Outpatient Program $1,309,500

"A whole new way to deliver care to our community" 

Aurora of Central New York is a non-profit organization headquartered in Syracuse that provides services to promote independence and opportunity for people of all ages living with vision or hearing loss.

Aurora of CNY has been awarded $500,000 as part of the 2019 Innovation Fund for the Integrated Vision/Hearing and Healthcare Services project in partnership with Liberty Resources. The project will focus on coordinating primary care and mental health services for patients with vision/hearing loss. The project will also offer education and links to community resources for the same patients to help manage chronic disease. “This will be a whole new way to deliver care in our community for a population that is traditionally underserved,” says Debra Chaiken, President of Aurora of CNY. “We’re very excited because we would not be able to offer these types of services without the Innovation Fund.”

Working Together

Our 2019 Innovation Fund represents an incredible commitment to improving care and coordinating services,” said Cathy Homkey, Executive Director of Central New York Care Collaborative. “Being able to provide funding for projects that directly support partnerships and foster creative projects between healthcare, mental health, and community-based organizations in our community is truly exciting.” 

To learn more about Central New York Care Collaborative and the Innovation Fund, please click here

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