In This Issue
Healthy Neighborhoods Project in the Media: Nonprofits to target childhood obesity, diabetes, asthma with state seed money

Since the Healthy Neighborhoods Project Award breakfast on October 19th, Community Health Center of Richmond and South Shore YMCA have been hard at work  engaging in community outreach, seeking input at forums from local community members with the $50,000 awarded to them.  Using the   CDC Change Tool   data collected by the College of Staten Island, St. John's University and Wagner College in Phase I as a guide, each  organization will work with community members in selected neighborhoods on projects focused on decreasing childhood obesity and nutrition and diabetes prevention, based on the ideas and suggestions received from the community. 

"This is the first time we'll actually have dedicated funding to solicit input from the community and then design the plan around it,'' said Henry Thompson, the Chief Executive Officer of  Community Health Center of Richmond.

"We'll do whatever the community wants us to do,'' said Thomas Swanciger, Executive Director of the  Staten Island South Shore YMCA.

NYC Yoga Project's 2nd Annual Basket Brigade Donates 51 Baskets to SI CARES Families

NYC Yoga Project's 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Basket Brigade collection day was a success . The food collected from each site was organized into baskets at  Be Yoga &  Dance  and hand- delivered, along with turkeys donated by  Trader Joe's , to 51 local  families referred by health coaches in our SI CARES care coordination project! 

Thank you to everyone who participated,including  EGHealthcareClove Lakes Health Care and Rehabilitation CenterRichmond Center, YMCA, Seaview,  Eger Nursing HomeAllied Physicians Group, and  The Air Company, Inc.!
The DSRIP Palliative Care Team Honored for Their Work at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) National Seminar

The DSRIP Palliative Care Team was recently honored for their work at the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) National Seminar in Orlando on November 8-10, 2018. They were invited to present their work at the poster presentation session. Their poster, "Optimizing Quality of Life for Patients with Chronic Illness through Palliative Care" was awarded with special recognition from CAPC and a blue ribbon at the poster session. Special recognition was awarded from the judges to posters that were especially innovative, high quality and likely to spur change in the field of palliative care.

CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people and their families facing serious illness. CAPC pursues its mission through three strategies: Building awareness and demand across a range of audiences, influencing supportive policy, and providing tools and technical assistance to support new team establishment and sustainable program growth. The annual national conference delves into all of those areas and beyond with preeminent national subject matter experts in the palliative care field. Keynote speakers included CAPC founder and director, Dr. Diane Meier; president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Edo Banach, JD; New York Times reporter and author of the novel An American Sickness: How Healthcare
Became Business and How You Can Take It Back, Dr. Elizabeth Rosenthal; and Press Ganey  Associates CNO and author of The Antidote to  Suffering: How Compassionate Connected Care  Can Improve Safety, Quality, and Experience, Christy Dempsey. The breakout sessions included diverse topics such as community palliative care, equitable access, inpatient  palliative care, leadership, communication, the opioid crisis, measurement and metrics, financing, and regulations. The 2019 CAPC National Seminar is scheduled for November 13-16 in Atlanta, GA.

DSRIP Communications Corner

The Department of Health launched their DSRIP Communications Corner, an initiative intended to provide insights to PPS on what is in the news regarding DSRIP across New York State. Additionally, upcoming events across PPS will be included.

Community Partner Spotlight

Make the Road NY - Asthma Home Visit Program
"My name is Rosa, I am from Mexico and have lived in this country for many years. I have two kids who were diagnosed with asthma. We currently rent an apartment in Staten Island. My family consists of 5 people. English is not my first language which is hard for me to understand. I try to practice my English at home so I can also try to understand the doctor when they give me information about my child's health.

When I went to my kid's doctor he recommended a program that can help me understand my children's asthma much better.

Before Maritza came to my home my kids were taking the medication incorrectly. I knew what medication to give them but didn't know what the medications were for: What was a control medication and what was a quick relief medication? When Maritza came in, she demonstrated how to use the medication and explained what each medication does when my kids take it. Now I feel confident with my kids' medication and how they should be using it."

Value Based Payment Corner

Staten Island PPS launched its Value Based Payment Resource Center earlier this year. This resource is hosted on the SI PPS website and supports our overall initiative to educate and prepare the SI PPS Partner Network for the transition from "fee-for-service" to "value-based payments," including the SI PPS VBP Education Program.  

Joe Kuehn,  Partner - Healthcare Solutions, KPMG LLP, joined us at the 2018 Population Health Symposium and gave a presentation on the trends and implications of the move to value-based payment. He spoke about the current situation, the transition to VBP, leveraging DSRIP to achieve strategic objectives and life after  DSRIP.

You can view the presentation deck on our VBP Resource page at

Events, Training, and Resources

Keep up with all of our upcoming and ongoing training opportunities!

If you're a Staten Island PPS partner employee, you can find all of our upcoming and ongoing trainings here.

Reporting a Compliance Concern

SI PPS is committed to ensuring that it has a system in place to respond to possible compliance issues. We will investigate and respond to potential compliance issues as they are identified. 

SI PPS has an anonymous/confidential Help Line: