FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 26, 2022
FLPPS has been awarded a Mother Cabrini Health Foundation grant for $250,000 from the Foundation’s Statewide 2021 Strategic Grants Program – Health Care Disparities.
The program, “Reducing Health Disparities through Community Navigation Support,” includes a collaboration with St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, an urban community-based organization, and Human Services Development, an organization serving individuals in rural areas to address health-related needs of low-income and vulnerable individuals.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable people have faced increased challenges with access to basic healthcare including vaccines, behavioral health supports, food, “non-mass” transportation, assistance with accessing rental assistance, and other needs. Getting connected to these services is imperative as health disparities have worsened during the pandemic. Community Health Navigators at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center and Human Services Development will provide assistance and link individuals with healthcare, housing, and food resources, and offer other support as needed. The Navigators will also conduct outreach and education on the facts, myths, and benefits of the COVID-19vaccine and assist individuals in getting vaccinated. In the rural areas, the program will provide nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables to individuals who have health problems and where access to nutritious food is very challenging.
“FLPPS is proud to partner with these two organizations that have deep expertise in fostering trust in the community and addressing health disparities. This innovative program will provide vital support to address social determinants of health and ensure better outcomes for residents in the Finger Lakes region,” said Carol Tegas, Executive Director of FLPPS.
“Human Service Development is pleased to join forces with FLPPS and the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to address health disparities in the greater Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions of New YorkState. Our Community Health Navigators will reach out to community members to help them find services they need, educate them regardingCOVID and COVID vaccinations, and for people with medically related nutritional needs, provide access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This is truly a collaborative effort to address health disparities in the region,” explained Andrea Haradon, CEO of Human Services Development.
“At St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, we’ve been providing comprehensive healthcare to uninsured and underinsured members of the Greater Rochester community for nearly three decades. Partnering with FLPPS makes sense, just as good food, safe housing and reliable transportation leads to better health. We are grateful for the partnership, supported by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, and for the chance to continue this important work together,” said Joel Elliot, Development Director at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center.