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FY 2021 Grants

$61,000  |  Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jessica Zwerling, MD

Depression Treatment for the Cognitively Impaired via Telehealth

This grant will allow additional cognitively impaired at risk individuals to receive care via telehealth and will include advanced directives and planning conversations.



$150,000  |  Comunilife, Inc.

Beverly Raudales, MD, Senior Vice President of Programs.

Comunilife Supportive Housing Geriatric Stabilization Project

This grant will be used to develop a two year pilot project to hire a gerontology social worker to work with the residents of two supportive housing residences in Brooklyn.



$150,000  |  Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Yolanda Potasinski

Aging Together

This grant will help build from a successful pilot of providing part-time social work support services for LGBTQ members to full-time social work support.



$150,000  |  Cornell University - Weill Medical College

Makato Ishii, MD, PhD

Psychosocial Intervention as a Critical Component of Multidisciplinary Care for Older Adults with Neurodegenerative Disorders

This grant will support the creation of a program that incorporates psychosocial services for the care of older patients with memory and movement disorders.



$90,000  |  DOROT, Inc.

Mark L. Meridy

Tech Coaching

This grant will fund the expansion and enhancement of Dorot's successful one-to-one volunteer tech coaching program for late tech adopters.



$187,500  |  Harlem Hospital  

Zafar Sharif, MD

Geriatric Psychiatry Program

This grant will be used to hire a Geriatric Psychiatrist to allow Harlem Hospital to expand their mental health services for their older adult patients.



$150,000  |  Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Linda DeCherrie, MD

Expansion of Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors (MSVD) Program Capacity through the Use of Community Health Workers

This project will support a community health worker to meet the high demand for telehealth services for the homebound older population(s) that MSVD serves.



$200,000  |  LiveOn NY

Allison Nickerson

Reframing Aging in New York City

This grant will fund an effort to reduce ageism, and will help NYC residents age-in-place and thrive.



$153,000  |  Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Susan Lechter

Caring Initiatives at the Wechsler Center for Modern Aging

This project will add a social worker to provide oversight, as well as direct delivery of program services to participants in the Caring Initiatives program.



$150,000  |  New York University - Silver School of Social Work

Susan Gerbino, PhD, LCSW

DSW Program: Utilizing Adaptive Leadership to Address Challenges In Palliative Care

This grant will provide support for DSW scholarships and an innovative adaptive leadership lab in palliative care that would attract high quality social workers who are interested in improving palliative care in NYC.



$200,000  |  New York University Langone Medical Center

Lauren A. Parker, MD

Beyond the Hospital Doors – Aging Wisely

This program seeks to improve outcomes for older patients through the establishment of a dedicated Geriatric Trauma Unit that extends beyond the Emergency Department to focus on the root issues that precede traumatic injuries in geriatric patients.



$100,000  |  Northwell Health Foundation

Anita Szerszen, DO

Telemedicine-Facilitated Transitional Care of Older Adults with Multiple Co-morbidities

This grant will support a collaborative telemedicine program to assist in the transitional care of older adult patients admitted to the Staten Island University Hospital, ensuring nursing home residents access to sub-specialty consultations.



$152,000  |  NYC Health + Hospitals   

Hyung Cho, MD

Expanding Palliative Care for Older Adults in the Post-Acute Safety Net Setting

This grant will help establish the first palliative care service at McKinney, a post-acute care facility on the Kings County Hospital campus, via a hybrid in-person and tele-health consultation model.



$200,000  |  NYC Health + Hospitals

Drs. Susan Cohen and Jennifer Scherer

Bellevue Palliative Care Expansion: Bellevue Kidney CARES (Comprehensive Advanced Renal disease and End Stage Renal Disease Support) Program

The grant will support the development of a combined renal/palliative program.



$150,000  |  Queens Community House

Dennis Redmond

Pomonok Older Adult Outreach and Engagement Initiative

This grant will support the Older Adult Outreach and Engagement Initiative, which will increase participation and deepen the engagement of the older adults residing in Pomonok Houses.



$88,000  |  Service Program for Older People (SPOP)

Nancy Harvey, LMSW

Addressing Behavioral Health Care Disparities Among Marginalized Older Adults

This is a multi-pronged behavioral health approach, which includes treatment, training in inclusive and culturally-sensitive clinical practices, and leveraging relationships with organizations serving communities of color and LGBTQ older adults.



$97,500  |  Services Now for Adult Persons, Inc. (SNAP)

Paola Miceli, MPA

SNAP's Open Door Social Adult Day Program

This grant will expand the services of the Adult Day Program.



$149,000  |  St. John's Episcopal Hospital

Terri Coyle, LCSW

Behavioral Health Connection Program

This grant will improve and expand access to behavioral health care for vulnerable older adults living in Far Rockaway. 



$120,000  |  University Settlement Society of New York

Melissa Aase 

Wellness Together: Support Services for Homebound Seniors

This program decreases loneliness, poor health, and increases independence and quality of life experienced by homebound older adults in the Lower East Side and Chinatown.  



$131,000  |  Yeshiva University

Danielle Wozniak, PhD

Gerontology and Palliative Care Fellows Program

This grant will help fund a new Gerontology and Palliative Care Fellowship for social work students interested in and committed to serving older adults and people facing serious illness and their families in New York City.

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