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DOH Seeks Proposals for Local Health Planning Grants

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The Department of Health (DOH) has released a Request for Grant Applications (RGA) to solicit proposals to develop models of local health planning across the state.

The RGA is making $6 million in Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) funds available to encourage and subsidize “multi-stakeholder, collaborative local health planning efforts aimed at promoting healthy communities by identifying community health care needs and aligning the health care delivery system with those needs.”

According to the RGA, the grantees’ activities and recommendations would be used to inform DOH’s approach toward local planning, and decisions on Certificate of Need applications.

Eligible applicants include:

  • not-for-profit corporations;
  • public benefit corporations; and
  • local governments, including local health departments.

Applications are due September 17.

According to DOH, this RGA is part of an effort to gather more input into how health care services are distributed across the state and to address the need for better primary and preventive care to avoid unnecessary hospitalizations. At the invitation of the State Hospital Review and Planning Council (SHRPC), HANYS will provide testimony on health planning and CON reform at a meeting of the SHRPC Planning Committee on July 23. – Karen Roach

Published July 11, 2008