Good physical and mental health are essential to ensure successful outcomes for all Staten Island residents. Public health experts express concern about Staten Island health data such as rates of obesity, heart disease, asthma, and diabetes. In some communities, there are multiple barriers to accessing important health-related services. The Foundation, working with local partners, has become increasingly aware of the impact of social determinants of health that can lead to poor outcomes for those living in poverty.
The Foundation has supported efforts to address the effects of trauma on residents, especially children, after community crises such as Superstorm Sandy and the COVID-19 pandemic. Foundation funds have been used to provide navigational services to connect residents to existing programs. In addition, we’ve supported health education programs, food distribution through local pantries, and physical fitness activities. A significant concentration for the Foundation has been to support collect impact initiatives that bring together partners from various sectors to address complex health-related challenges such as substance use, behavioral health, and maternal health.
Grant applicants with a Health focus will identify one of the Foundation’s target outcomes below and develop an anticipated results statement that aligns with one of the following:
- Increases of those at risk for health problems that connect to needed health services.
- Increases in the number of residents that increase their level of daily physical activity and/or improve their diet with nutritious foods.
- Increases in the number of residents, particularly youth, that abstain from substance abuse.
- Increases in available health services for the least advantaged, including mental health services.
- Improvements in organizational effectiveness and efficiency leading to enhanced delivery of community health services.