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-19 vaccine 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.
“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 York State. Our Community Health Navigators will reach out to community members to help them find services they need, educate them regarding COVID 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.