Informing an Initiative to Expand Health Coverage After September 11 in New York City's Chinatown


The Chinatown section of New York City suffered some of the worst job and health insurance losses among all of the city's neighborhoods as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. To help in the neighborhood's recovery, a new $35 million initiative of the September 11 Fund will offer unemployed and underemployed workers in the area a choice of either subsidized group health insurance coverage or free medical services at community-based clinics for one year. This project will provide feedback to program managers on the progress of implementation so that necessary modifications could be made along the way. Focus groups with eligible workers will determine whether they participate in the initiative, examine the reasons why they choose one option over another, and describe their use of health services before and after enrolling. Interviews with program administrators will explore factors that foster or impede program participation, allowing project staff to draw important lessons about how to provide health coverage and services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Asian American Federation of New York
Principal Investigator:
Shao-Chee Sim, Ph.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 11, 2002

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