5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

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From the 12th Annual Shorty Awards

NYC Care, UNLOCK Health Care Access with Dignity and Respect

Finalist in Health & Medical

About this entry

NYC Care is a new health care access program by NYC Health and Hospitals that offer services at little or no cost to New Yorkers unable to afford or ineligible for health insurance. NYC Care is part of NYC's “Guaranteed Care” plan, the largest municipal initiative in the nation to ensure health care for every person in ou city regardless of immigration status and ability to pay. 

With NYC Care, members get a membership card that gives them access to a primary care doctor or nurse and 24/7customer service and low-cost medications. Members have access to primary and preventive care such as routine screening and examinations and specialty care such as cardiology, gastroenterology, vision care and prenatal care.  

Our Health and Medical multiplatform campaign has the goal of encouraging eligible New Yorkers to enroll in NYC Care guided by the following 3 narrative pillars: 

-With NYC Care, people who have long been denied access to health care can finally UNLOCK that access, no matter where they were born or how much money they have. 

-With NYC Care, people who have not had any or not reliable access to health care are empowered to be in control of their health by taking care of any issue early and avoid relying on the emergency room for care. 

-No one gets better simply because they have aninsurance card. People get better because they are cared for by a thoughtful and compassionate team of care providers which is what NYC Care guarantees. 

Why does this entry deserve to win?

By studying and assesing the demographics of hard-to-reach people who can potentially benefit from NYC Care (undocumented immigrants and very-low income people), we designed multi-platform borough wide specific campaign composed of several mini-local campaigns in target neighborhood of every borough with high incidence of New Yorkers eligible for the program.  

The campaign's family of creative ads was inspired by the notion that many New Yorkers have long being denied the health care they need and deserve to live healthy and productive lives:

Our multiplatform social good campaign was designed to run in phases, aligned with the launch of the program borough by borough from August, 2019 till December, 2020. The campaign first launched in the Bronx on August 1, 2019 and it will run citywide by the end of 2020. The campaing is comprised of multilingual advertisements placed in diverse and dynamic platforms: 

Additionally, the advertisement campaign is supported by a few reinforcing elements: 


Since the website launched on Aug. 1, 2019, it has posted more than 310,000 views and more than 88,000 visits.

Aug. 1, 2019 posted the best results for a single day with 10,681 page views and 2,117 visits.

 Member enrollment numbers have exceeded expectations: 13,000 in 6 months (goal was 10,000 members in 6 months) have made over 27,000 primary care appointments and had over 14,000 prescriptions filled.

A life-changing experience for many: 

  • "I was able to get a refill for my prescription on a Friday evening and avoided having to go to the emergency department over the weekend."
  • "I could resume my regular medical treatment after I couldn't cover the cost of premiums, lost my insurance and had to stop seeing my doctor."
  • "As an undocumented immigrant, having access to health care after 2 years without it, meant for me to be able to stay and work in this city to support my teenage daughter. 

Metrics (1st Bronx Phase, August-October 2019)

Social: 11,542,476 paid impressions and 64,818 engagements. 



Video for NYC Care, UNLOCK Health Care Access with Dignity and Respect

Produced by

NYC Health + Hospitals, Multimedia Solutions


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winners and honorees will be announced at the shorty social good awards digital ceremony on november 19!