Coalition Coordination and Convening


Collaboration with member agencies and other partners is at the core of HWCLI. While many organizations work with others, HWCLI is unique in that it only performs its work by leading, convening and collaborating with member agencies and partners---ranging from those engaged at the civic level to those providing comprehensive health care. Every challenge and opportunity, from providing SNAP and health insurance enrollment to responding to Sandy to representing Long Island on state-wide policy and advocacy groups, are addressed with the input and support of member agencies and partners through robust and active working groups.

HWCLI’s current working groups include:


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Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

The Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (LIVOAD) is based on a national model of convening and coordinating organizations that provide disaster services. The LIVOAD works with over 120 organizations across Long Island to improve regional preparedness to disasters, and to coordinate our regional response to, and recovery from, disaster events. Coordinated efforts in the face of disaster are integral to addressing barriers to resiliency in the environment of suburban poverty and a decentralized social safety net.

Preparing Long Island for Disaster

In the 15 years that the LIVOAD has been active, partner groups have worked together to undertake a number of actions that increase regional resiliency.

What we are doing:

  • Convening 150+ action-focused members that have produced important planning documents, such as a plan for managing spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers, and a 120 hour plan for communications post-disaster.
  • Working with 10 Community Organizations Active in Disaster from across Nassau and Suffolk counties to arrange training sessions and seminars for the general public, helping to make communities around Long Island more prepared.
  • Providing a voice for those still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, through the 400+ members of the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG)
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Long Island Marketplace Partners

To assist individuals in enrolling into the NYS Health Insurance Marketplace, NYS Department of Health contracted with agencies to create a network of enrollment assistance services to the general population. New York State Health Foundation also contracted with agencies to provide enrollment services targeting at risk and vulnerable populations as well as a group of agencies to conduct community outreach and education on the marketplace to at-risk and vulnerable populations. Knowing that conducting outreach and enrollment services in a suburban setting has unique challenges that include lack of centralized government, lack of transportation, concentrated poverty, increasingly diversifying communities with different language needs, HWCLI convenes all of the Long Island marketplace partners to identify challenges and brainstorm solutions as a unified Long Island network.

Long Islanders in NEED of assistance navigating health insurance:

Many Long Islanders enrolled into health insurance for the first time using the Marketplace and needed help choosing their options

What we are doing:

  • Convening 13 enrollment agencies quarterly to identify barriers to utilizing marketplace and coordinate services
  • Maintaining Google map to help with inter-agency referrals
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Anti-Hunger Task Force

Hunger and malnutrition are symptoms of poverty that have devastating impact on almost all aspects of individuals’ lives including their health, education, employment, and quality of life. Recognizing these interconnections and the need to address the root cause of hunger- poverty- HWCLI convenes the Anti-Hunger Taskforce, a cross-section of health and human service providers.

Long Islanders in still NEED of client focused service delivery:

From 2007 to 2014, there was a 200% increase in Long Islanders receiving SNAP, compared with 72% increase statewide. To best meet increasing needs, agencies must work together and refer.

What we are doing:

  • Convenes the Anti-hunger Task Force of 69 human service providers from energy, government, emergency food, behavioral health, legal services, libraries and hospitals to share information quarterly on:
  • Community eligibility for school meal programs, Summer Meal Programs, impact of federal SNAP cuts on food pantries NYS Health Insurance Open Enrollment, PSEG & National Grid services, HEAP, Heating/Utility Programs, EITC/VITA, 211
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Newly Arrived Children Workgroup

For decades, Long Island has become home for many children fleeing violence in their country of origin. In light of ongoing violence in a number of Central and South American countries, that number has increased significantly in recent years. HWCLI first became aware of this increase through our community needs work, when a significant number of newly arrived children suddenly began applying for healthcare with our staff at a partner agency site.

Recently arrived children from Central America to Long Island in NEED of services:

Many of the 3,337 children have experienced trauma before, during and after their journeys, barriers to registering and placement in schools, and barriers to legal representation

What we are doing:

  • Coordinating and leveraging resources to assist children and families with comprehensive legal, mental health and other critical health and human services.
  • Developed and maintaining a resource guide for newly arrived children and their families, in English and Spanish, to easily provide education about available services.
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DSRIP Working Group

Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) provides a unique opportunity to transform healthcare in at-risk communities. In order to reduce avoidable hospital use and improve health outcomes, Long Island’s health systems are charged with creating new provider networks that are client centric and community based. HWCLI is convening members to influence the development of these networks.

Long Islanders in NEED of improved health outcomes:

911,571 at-risk and uninsured are more likely to use the emergency room. To reduce avoidable hospital use 25% over 5 years through DSRIP, members' services will be integrated with Suffolk & Nassau/Queens Preferred Provider Systems.

What we are doing:

  • Education Community Based Organization (CBO) Partners on the critical role they play in the success of the project
  • Advocating for the fair and ongoing inclusion of Community Based Organization partners
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Regional Planning/Pay for Success Group

HWCLI engages with a working group of member agencies, funders and government to identify areas where services can be provided differently to have deeper and more substantial impact for individuals. To identify on-going needs, the working group commissioned a community needs assessment for Suffolk County’s at-risk communities and is currently assessing next steps to bring Pay for Success to Long Island.

Long Island’s communities NEED to benefit from impact based programming and the millions of dollars being invested in Pay for Success Programming across the state and nation.

What we are doing:

  • Convening to develop opportunities to implement impact based programming
  • Convening to identify challenges and obstacles to competing for Pay for Success opportunities
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