On LI, more than $12M awarded in grants to support underserved communities

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By Dan Sears

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To help close health gaps on Long Island, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation announced last week that it had awarded more than $12 million in grants, up from $8.8 million in 2023, to support the region’s underserved communities.

The funding was awarded to organizations supporting 35 programs that address a range of “urgent” community and health-related needs, according to the foundation.

That funding includes $1.5 million for Molloy University, in Rockville Centre, for its Center for Health Equity: Healthcare Workforce Development; $650,000 for The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, in West Islip, for its Parental Mental Health Support Program; $400,000 to Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, in Hicksville, for its Bridging the Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Gap for Recently Transitioning Veterans, and more.

“Our grantees are on the front lines each and every day helping to improve outcomes for underserved New Yorkers, Alfred Kelly, Jr., executive chairman of Visa and chair of the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation Board, said in a written statement.

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“Our 2024 grants will provide over 500 nonprofits with the resources to bolster innovative and life-changing programs across New York State,” Kelly added. “From prioritizing mental health to helping newly arrived immigrants navigate complex legal systems, grantees will continue to impact every corner of New York and help communities thrive.”

The funding is part of an overall $172 million in grants that are aimed at advancing health equity across New York State in 2024. In total, 514 grants were awarded, and designed to address urgent public health challenges. Those challenges include increasing access to care among underserved communities, addressing social determinants of health, building a more diverse healthcare workforce, and supporting mental and behavioral care for vulnerable New Yorkers.

This year, about half of the grants awarded were renewed from previous years, with the aim of expanding successful programs, while also supporting new, compelling programs that address emerging needs.

Last year, the foundation refined its grantmaking strategy to focus on core programs that align with feedback from community stakeholders and nonprofit service providers across the state.

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Grant recipients include community-based organizations, healthcare providers, food banks, social service centers, nursing homes, schools, federally qualified health centers, and trade associations.

The grants that were awarded to recipients this year on Long Island also included $250,000 to Melville-based Island Harvest for its Culturally Responsive Food Program, $137,000 to Hempstead-based Central American Refugee Center CARECEN for its Holistic Social and Mental Health Services for Low-income Immigrant Children and Families program; and $100,000 to Hauppauge-based Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council Foundation for its Building the Pipeline: Training to Mentor, Teach and Improve the Clinical Experiences of a Diverse New Generation of Nurses program.

In total, more than $9.7 million were awarded to programs in Nassau County and more than $2.7 million were awarded to programs in Suffolk County.

Since its inception five years ago, the foundation has awarded more than $800 million by distributing about 2,700 grants, according to the organization.

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