Following is a January 27, 2023, press release originally posted by the Home Care Association of New York State. The State’s healthcare associations also sent this letter to Gov. Hochul about their findings, in reports funded by our Foundation:
Local collaboration is the key to confronting public health challenges, according to four new reports issued by the Home Care Association of New York State, Iroquois Healthcare Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State.
As part of the Statewide Hospital-Home Care Collaborative for COVID-19 and Beyond, funded by the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the three organizations’ new reports detail best practices for establishing new models of hospital-home care innovation, meeting the growing demand for mental health services, public vaccination efforts, and partnering with the aging services network.
“When New Yorkers come together to help each other and serve their communities, everyone benefits,” said Al Cardillo, president and chief executive officer of the Home Care Association of New York State. “Our work is not done; collaboration and communication must continue so the healthcare system and professionals are ready for future challenges. The innovative partnerships made will undoubtedly help us continue to address community health needs across the state, particularly those affecting the homebound.”
“What we have learned from the pandemic is that organizations need to continue to find ways to work collaboratively to improve access and quality of care for the people of New York State,” said IHA President and CEO Gary J. Fitzgerald. “The strongest organizations that will emerge in the next several years will be those that have found ways to turn competition into collaboration, have integrated individual and siloed programs into the continuum of care and have found ways to share data in a manner that protects patient privacy, while also sharing data for better outcomes. The models and organizations featured in this hospital-home care collaboration grant have not only done these things, but they have also identified programs that could be replicated in the future by others.”
“These reports highlight how essential collaboration was during the COVID-19 pandemic and how much potential there is in continued and increased partnerships,” said Bea Grause, RN, JD, president, Healthcare Association of New York State. “We must continue to innovate as we transform our healthcare system and address very serious workforce and fiscal challenges.”
“The collaboration between facility-based care and Offices for the Aging is paramount to support older New Yorkers, caregivers, and families, and allow individuals to age in place. The Association on Aging in New York is thrilled to partner with the Home Care Association, HANYS, and IHA to highlight best practice models for holistic care,” said Becky Preve, executive director, Association on Aging in New York.
Among the reports’ key findings:
The associations look forward to continuing their engagement with providers across the healthcare continuum, community partners and policymakers to advance collaborative models of patient care.