State Grants Target Hispanic Health

Albany, N.Y. (October 9, 2007) – Community-based organizations in Erie, Montgomery, Westchester, Orange, and Wayne counties will share up to $75,000 in two-year grants from the state Department of Health to help address health disparities affecting the Hispanic community.

The new "Latino Health Outreach" initiative focuses on reducing asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease among Hispanic New Yorkers in upstate communities. The initiative will be monitored by the state Department of Health's Office of Minority Health.

"Hispanic New Yorkers continue to have higher rates of diabetes and asthma compared with the rest of the population," said state Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "These grants are one of many ways the department is working with local communities to improve Hispanic health."

Each of the five organizations will receive up to $14,500 for the first year. Second-year funding is contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

The grants will supplement other funding to implement short-term, well-defined projects designed to reduce health risks associated with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma through health education, prevention, improved communication, and relationship-building. The five organizations receiving grants are:

  • Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation – the Belle Center
  • Hispanic Outreach Services of Montgomery County
  • Orange Regional Medical Center
  • Port Chester Carver Center, Westchester County
  • Wayne County Rural Health Network