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FY 2019 Grants

$180,000  |  Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jessica Zwerling

Advanced Care Planning and Problem Adaptation Therapy for Older Adults: Focusing on Frail patients with  Depression /Cognitive Impairment

This grant will support a full-time bilingual MSW providing Problem Adaptation Therapy (PATH) in both English and Spanish for renal disease clients with depression/cognitive impairment in the Bronx.


$150,000  |  Benefits Data Trust (BDT)

Ginger Zielinskie

Healthy Aging: Data-Driven Medicaid Enrollment for Older Adults

BDT seeks to increase access to Medicaid among eligible older New Yorkers to help meet their basic needs, improve their health, and age at home with dignity.


$206,000  |  Breaking Ground

Brenda Rosen

Expanding Aging Services

This grant will support a new position to provide leadership across the organization in implementing best practices in delivering services for older adults who have experienced years or decades of street homelessness.


$166,000  |  The Bridge

Susan Wiviott

LPN and OT Program Enhancement - Mobile Treatment and Nursing Team

This grant will allow the Bridge to add two critically-needed staff positions to its multi-disciplinary Mobile Treatment and Nursing Team.



$175,000  |  Encore Community Services

Jeremy Kaplan, Executive Director

Restructure and Expansion of Encore's Social Services Department

This grant will enable Encore to expand and build upon the capacity of its Social Services Department by adding an experienced licensed social worker and an additional case worker to its current team.



$160,000  |  Henry Street Settlement

David Garza

Health in Action: An Integrated and Collaborative Approach to Health Care

This grant will support a Registered Nurse, integrated in Henry Street Settlement’s comprehensive Senior Services programs in partnership with Betances Health Center.


 $172,000  |  Housing Conservation Coordinators

Leslie Thrope

HCC's Older Adult Services Program

This program will support older adults through advocacy, physical and mental health supports, and services that obviate the need to involve the courts in housing disputes and case management and monitoring.


$175,000  |  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Nathan Goldstein

Palliative Care at Home for Patients with Dementia

This demonstration project will provide team-based palliative care in the home to patients with dementia and their caregiver and involves systematic interfacing between palliative care providers and the patient’s primary physician.




$111,000  |  Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)

Arielle Basch

Evaluating the Potential of Sustainable Third-Party Payor Reimbursement for JASA’s Care Transitions Program

This is a collaborative effort between a healthcare payer and a community-based organization to deliver a home-based intervention and evaluate its impact on reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and closing care gaps for older adults.



$100,000  |  LISC NYC

Sam Marks

New York Land Opportunity Program (NYLOP) 2.0

The goal of this project is to equip owners of HUD 202 senior housing to preserve, upgrade, and potentially develop new affordable housing for New York City’s most vulnerable older adults.



$160,000  |  Medicare Rights Center

Joe Baker

Education and Advocacy to Increase Mental Health Care Access for New Yorkers Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Through this project, the Medicare Rights Center will work to make FIDA’s replacement as responsive as possible to the needs of beneficiaries with or at risk for mental illness.



$170,000  |  Mobilization for Justice, Inc.

Jeanette Zelhof

Nursing Home Discharge Defense Project (NHDDP)

This grant will address the problem of New York City nursing home operators involuntarily discharging residents who are aged, disabled, and have special health care needs to homeless shelters.



$175,000  |  NADAP

John A. Darin

Health Home Care Coordination at NYCHA's Saint Nicholas Houses

This program will address the needs of those aging-in-place in a Harlem NYCHA development, by providing care coordination services to clients in an underserved community in need of medical and support services.



$150,000  |  New York University Langone Medical Center

Corita Grudzen, MD

Nurse-led Telephonic Palliative Care Expansion to Spanish-Speaking Patients

This grant will help New York University Langone Health to expand and enhance the nurse-led telephonic case management program to include older Spanish-speaking adults with advanced illness.



$150,000  |  Northwell Health Foundation

Isabella Park, DO

“Enhancing Multidisciplinary Palliative Medicine at Forest Hills Hospital”

This grant will support a dedicated palliative licensed clinical social worker providing expert psychosocial care and community referrals to provide true interdisciplinary comprehensive palliative care to patients.



$200,000  |  NYC Health + Hospitals

Janine Knudsen, MD

Home - Based Primary Care at NYC Health + Hospitals

This grant will support the launch of a Home-Based Primary Care Program at NYC Health and Hospitals to serve low-income home-bound older adults that will eventually serve patients throughout NYC.



$170,000  |  Project FIND

David Gillcrist

HIR Plus (HIR+)

This program will add mental health components via a peer specialist and a psychiatric professional for the HIR homeless program.



$149,000  |  Project Renewal, Inc.

Robin Berman

Helping Older People Engage (HOPE), Phase II

This grant will help expand an occupational therapy intervention tailored to address the challenges associated with formally homeless aging residents.



$150,000  |  Service Program for Older People (SPOP)

Nancy Harvey

Mental Health Services in Brooklyn:  Expanded Engagement with Caregivers and LGBT Adults

This project seeks to address the need for affordable mental health care for older adults in Brooklyn.



$175,000  |  Sunnyside Community Services, Inc.

Andrea Thomas

Care Connections

This grant will help develop a centralized intake system for all older adult services at SCS.



$130,000  |  University Settlement Society of New York

Melissa Aase

Support Services for Homebound Seniors

This grant will support a pilot to help vulnerable homebound older adults in the Lower East Side and Chinatown neighborhoods achieve greater health, wellbeing, and independence.



$144,000  |  Vera Institute of Justice

Kimberly George

Creation of a Dedicated Benefits Coordinator Position

This grant will support the The Guardianship Project's benefits administration program and the creation of a permanent, full-time Benefits Coordinator position.



$85,000  |  Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)

Mia Oberlink

The SAGE AdvantAge Initiative Survey of LGBT Older Adults in NYC

This grant will fund the AdvantAge survey for LGBT older adults in the five boroughs to learn about the health and social needs of this population and develop initiatives to address them.

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