The Foundation has historically supported educational and research projects to promote and enhance family medicine and family practice. The Foundation has also supported projects and organizations which members of the Academy have recommended. Among the projects currently supported by NYSAFP Foundation are:

Health Literacy
The Foundation has provided $2,500 to support a health literacy program produced by the Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County, the Refugee Program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany and Literacy NY. The program trains literacy volunteers to work with immigrants and refugees to orient them to the US health care system as part of Literacy Volunteers’ overall mission to teach English language and comprehension skills to foreign learners. The Capital District Chapters of the New York State Academy of Family Physicians has also provided support for this project.

Impact of Prior Authorization on SALT-Net Primary Care Practice
The Foundation has provided $5,000 to support this project by the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The project involves a prospective, concurrent self report study of primary care prior authorization activities that will estimate the average time costs that Central NY’s SALT-Net (the Studying, Acting, Learning & Teaching Network) practices incur when performing these activities.

Diabetes Care Improvement Project

The Foundation is a partner in the New York Health Foundation’s (NYHF) Diabetes Campaign. As a partner, the Foundation is the recipient of a $74,487 grant from the NYHF. Grant funds are used to promote enhanced diabetes care to family physicians through such performance enhancement programs as Bridges to Excellence and NYQA Diabetes Recognition Program.

Immunization Education Project
The Foundation has received funding from the NYS Health Department for the past 9 years to develop and deliver educational and information programs to family physicians regarding vaccine safety and immunization. The amount of funding has declined over the years. The current grant is for $15,000. The Foundation has produced educational programs for the NYSAFP annual Winter Weekend & Scientific Assembly and for the NYSAFP Regional Family Medicine Conference. We have also produced separate immunization conferences and a tool kit to assist family physicians in determining whether including immunization in their practice would be cost effective.