TCI Syracuse, originally the Syracuse Health Coalition, was formed after Trinity Health announced their Transforming Communities Initiative. To tackle significant health challenges and the social determinants that cannot be addressed by healthcare providers alone, St. Joseph’s Health convened a group of key organizations aimed at providing policy, systematic, and environmental changes to promote health behaviors. A set of strategic partners with a similar commitment expressed in shared mission and vision toward the betterment of Syracuse, project partners have jointly participated on a variety of community programs, community revitalization efforts and numerous grant projects. Relationships are well-established and effective with many of the same key organizations coming together on projects benefiting city residents. Currently, TCI Syracuse is comprised of St. Joseph’s Health, CenterState CEO/Northside Urban Partnership, HealtheConnections, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Onondaga County Health Department, Near Westside Initiative, and the Tobacco Action Coalition of Onondaga County.
Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 120 continuing care programs that include PACE, senior living facilities, and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $16.3 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit initiatives. Trinity Health employs about 97,000 full-time employees, including 5,300 employed physicians.
Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health is known for its focus on the country’s aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services — ranked by number of visits — in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.
Emilija Postolovska oversees Trinity Health’s Transforming Communities Initiative as the Program Manager of the Syracuse coalition. Prior to joining the TCI Syracuse team in September 2016, Emilija worked as a Program Associate for the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, which focuses on addressing the needs of young children under age five impacted by poverty, and helping vulnerable older adults age in place in the community. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in public health from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in public health through a cooperative program between SUNY Upstate Medical University and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.