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The New York State Health Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-12-18

At A Glance

The New York State Health Foundation

(also known as NYSHealth)

1385 Broadway, 23rd Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10018-6001

Telephone: (212) 664-7656


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Health conversion foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $272,743,473

Total giving: $10,046,153






Established in 2002 in NY. Changed status to a private foundation in 2005. Operations began in 2006 - Established to receive the charitable funds resulting from the conversion of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield from a non-profit to a for-profit corporation

Purpose and Activities

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers. To achieve meaningful impact, the foundation makes grants, informs health care policy and practice, and spreads effective programs that work to improve New York's health system. Today, NYSHealth focuses most of its activities and grantmaking in three strategic priority areas: (1) expanding health care coverage; (2) improving diabetes prevention; and (3) advancing primary care. The foundation also focuses on the health and wellbeing of returning veterans and their families and manages a Special Projects Fund to support projects consistent with NYSHealth's mission but outside of its priority areas. .

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

The diabetes epidemic affects individuals’ health and also takes a toll on health care institutions, health plans, and the State’s budget. NYSHealth's $35 million Diabetes Campaign aims to reverse the epidemic by focusing on three strategies: 1) Improving the way primary care physicians manage the care of people with diabetes, including through the foundation’s Meeting the Mark request for proposals; 2) Developing community-based diabetes prevention and management initiatives that can be self-sustaining over the long run and encourage people at high risk for diabetes to change their behaviors. The foundation to date has focused on working with faith-based organizations, YMCAs, and workplaces; and 3) Pushing for payment approaches and public policies that create incentives and support initiatives to improve both clinical care and prevention programs. See foundation web site for the downloadable RFP.

Special Projects Fund

Grants through this fund allow the foundation to support projects that address an important health care or public health issue in the State, but are outside of its targeted priority areas (expanding health insurance coverage, improving the management and prevention of diabetes, and integrating substance use and mental health services). The fund seeks to help a wide range of health-related organizations take on innovative projects that can improve health more broadly either at the organizational level, the community level, or the statewide level. The fund gives preference to projects that: 1) help low-income and elderly consumers understand and navigate the health system; 2) improve access to health care in service areas with acute shortages; 3) improve quality in measurable ways; 4) support and strengthen safety net providers to reach more people; and 5) address statewide health system issues that could improve the efficiency or effectiveness of the system. For application information, downloadable RFP, deadlines, see foundation web site. For programmatic questions e-mail: .

Fields of Interest

  • Community health care
  • Dental care
  • Diabetes
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases
  • Health
  • Health care access
  • Health care clinics
  • Health care financing
  • Health insurance
  • Out-patient medical care
  • Preventive care
  • Public health
Population Groups
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $272,743,473 (market value)

Gifts received: $115,000

Expenditures: $18,345,070

Total giving: $10,046,153

Qualifying distributions: $14,535,462