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The South Asian Council for Social Services awarded the OneCity Health Innovation Fund of $700,000.
By Julia Moro

The South Asian Council for Social Services has received a $700,000 grant from the OneCity Health Innovation Fund to have the ability to implement the Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens project.

SACSS is a community-based nonprofit that works to integrate South Asians and other immigrants into the civic and economic life of New York. OneCity Health’s mission is to implement to restructure the health-care delivery system by reinvesting in the Medicaid program.

The grant was given out to the South Asian Council for Social Services and other organizations in hopes that it will service the different needs of the immigrant populations to increase health literacy outcomes and connection to critical health-care services.

“We are thrilled with this award that will ensure the health and well-being of our communities. We believe that this encouragement from OneCity Health will serve as a strong step towards the realization of the DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment) mission,” said Sudha Acharya, executive director of South Asian Council for Social Services.

In an effort to help the immigrant communities in Queens access health care more equitably, the Culturally Responsive Collaborative of Queens project plans to provide information and services that will be culturally and linguistically appropriate to the populations dealing with inequality, specifically, immigrants who face barriers to health-care access and awareness like New York City’s South Asian community.

With their $5 million Innovation Fund, OneCity Health, the NYC Health + Hospitals Performing Provider System under New York State’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program selected eight community partners to help in their effort to reduce avoidable hospitalization, improve community health outcomes and address social determinants of health, for example, food security and health literacy.

More than 160 community-based organizations, hospitals, physician practices, pharmacies, behavioral health practitioners and others were able to get the $5 million Innovation Fund.

“Each project represents two important aspects of the DSRIP program, innovation and community collaboration. These innovative solutions help to bridge the gap to a value-based payment environment, and the collaborations between our community partners demonstrate a holistic approach to creating an integrated delivery system. We look forward to helping to foster these programs over the next year and seeing results,” said Israel Rocha, CEO of OneCity Health.

Reach reporter Julia Moro by e-mail at jmoro@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4574.

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