Partnerships with the communities we serve were evidenced in efforts to improve safer housing through collaboration with Habitat for Humanity and support for education through various school relationships in New Haven as well as a continued leadership role with New Haven Promise. Further, Yale New Haven Hospital demonstrated its commitment to the community throughout the year through health screenings and education, public health efforts, career training and enhanced access to care. This year, YNHH received the John S. Martinez Community Service Award from Columbus House for the hospital's continuous support in tending to the medical needs of homeless people in New Haven.
In addition, the hospital provided nearly $485 million in uncompensated care, which included $66.5 million in free and charity care, plus $37.3 million in bad debt.
The Hospital offered support groups that helped more than 1,780 patients and families in over 25 areas and more than 300 meetings throughout the year. The Me & My Baby program provided 220 newly enrolled mothers access to prenatal and pediatric care, education, care coordination and prescription drug coverage. In partnership with the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center, the Hospital's digital mammography van provided nearly 800 screening mammography exams throughout southern Connecticut.
YNHH continued to manage the Healthier Greater New Haven Partnership, which includes over 40 organizations dedicated to improving health and well-being for residents in the 13-town Greater New Haven region. This year's efforts focused on access to care, healthy lifestyles, behavioral health and substance abuse.
YNHH worked with the statewide non-emergency medical transportation provider to enhance services; coordinated over 20 Get Healthy CT Walk 'n Talk events with healthcare providers; held the fourth annual Get Fit /Healthy Kids Day; and additionally, YNHH sponsored two days of the New Haven Police Athletic League's summer camp, thanks to nearly 200 YNHH volunteers.
Project ASSERT observed 17 years of connecting Emergency Department patients struggling with alcohol and other types of substance use with access to needed treatment. Since the program's inception, Project ASSERT Health has connected more than 48,000 patients with community-based alcohol and drug treatment services. YNHH co-sponsored, with Yale School of Medicine and others, a symposium on the opioid epidemic in Connecticut.
Also, in addition to direct hospital contributions to many community organizations, YNHH employees donated $201,000 to United Way of Greater New Haven.