The project includes an expansion of the immigrant advocacy group’s health navigators program for insurance enrollment, peer-to-peer health counseling and community health advocacy program.
“For us, this space meets a very practical need, and a concrete desire to increasingly meet the need that we’re seeing, but it also is a message in these times that immigrant communities are here to stay,” said Theo Oshiro, deputy director of Make the Road New York.
Services also include nutrition programming and training for community health workers to serve as liaisons between providers and community members when it comes to adherence to plans for asthma and other chronic conditions, Oshiro said.
The organization additionally sees an opportunity for expanding partnerships on HIV testing and other issues through its Queens expansion.
The goal, Oshiro said, is improving health outcomes for people who often have had a poor track record for a number of reasons.
The project is being financed through government and philanthropic dollars, loans and New Markets Tax Credits, the Manhattan-based Nonprofit Finance Fund said. The community-development financial institution is contributing $5 million in loans plus a $10 million NMTC allocation.