1. To provide the communities hardest-hit by COVID-19 with practical advice on how to maintain employer-based insurance coverage or find new coverage, we created a free consumer guide, Grim Times and Health Insurance, published in five languages. An estimated 1.4 million New Yorkers have lost job-based coverage, putting them at risk when coverage is needed most.
2. In the early days of the pandemic, we built a COVID-19 resource center for pediatricians, parents, and social service providers to help them respond to threats to children’s health and well-being. And we are advancing the public dialogue on the pandemic through a new commentary series highlighting issues, not otherwise well-covered by the general press, to provide policymakers and other stakeholders with actionable information.
3. As part of our Children’s Health Initiative, we launched a statewide pediatric health equity program aimed at transforming pediatric practices to achieve better health and educational outcomes for children and to strengthen families. The program’s online resource center is helping the state’s child health providers focus on health, social, and emotional development to encourage a more collective approach to equitable and healthy early childhood development.
4. We created a learning collaborative with eight skilled nursing facilities to design and implement strategies to improve transitions home for older adults at risk of declining health, social isolation, overuse of acute medical care, high levels of stress and anxiety, and dissatisfaction. The lessons will be shared widely and prioritize particularly needy or disadvantaged populations.
5. In collaboration with Boston Consulting Group, we spotlighted the severe, long-lasting, and disparate repercussions of COVID-19 on children through our Ripple Effect report, which received local, national, and international attention. The analysis estimates than 4,200 children experienced a parental death and 325,000 children have been pushed into or near poverty.
6. Brought together hundreds of health care, business, and community leaders through our annual Medicaid conference, research symposium, and special events to spotlight accomplishment, share knowledge, and help focus attention on critical needs and priorities for health care improvement.
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