For the Health of New Yorkers

Strategic Priorities of the New York State Department of Health

Mission Vision Values
Working together and committed to excellence, we protect and promote the health of New Yorkers through prevention, science, and the assurance of quality health care delivery. A community of professionals who, through a commitment to education, innovation, leadership in crises, customer respect, and research solutions for health problems, make New Yorkers the healthiest people in the nation.
  • Dedication to the public good
  • Integrity
  • Innovation
  • Teamwork
  • Efficiency
  • Excellence

Strategic Priorities

  • Protect New Yorkers from disease, environmental risks, and disasters
  • Promote the healthy behavior of New Yorkers and their communities
  • Improve the quality of health care in New York
  • Increase access to health care for New Yorkers
  • Strengthen the scientific foundation for health protection, health promotion, and health care
  • Strengthen the Department's capacity to achieve its goals

Departmental Goals

Protect New Yorkers from disease, environmental risks, and disasters

  • Reduce the incidence and impact of disease
  • Reduce the adverse impact of environmental factors on human health
  • Increase the capacity of state and local public health systems to prepare for and respond to public health threats, emergencies, disease outbreaks, chemical, biological or nuclear terrorism, and natural disasters
  • Reduce the incidence of injuries and subsequent morbidity and mortality

Promote the healthy behavior of New Yorkers and their communities

  • Reduce tobacco usage and substance abuse, especially among youth
  • Improve diet and physical activity
  • Promote safer sexual behaviors
  • Improve disease management strategies
  • Enhance public knowledge by providing timely, accurate, and understandable science and public health education programs, and by disseminating appropriate educational resources

Improve the quality of health care in New York

  • Improve consumer and patient protection
  • Reduce medical errors and the incidence of malpractice
  • Increase quality of life for people in long-term care
  • Enhance the reliability, effectiveness, and availability of services of New York's laboratory community through improved proficiency testing and laboratory education
  • Improve the quality of the health industry workforce

Increase access to health care for New Yorkers

  • Increase health insurance coverage and the scope of health insurance benefits
  • Eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes
  • Increase the availability of primary health care services for underserved populations
  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of preventive health services for all New Yorkers
  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of services for the treatment and management of chronic diseases
  • Increase the availability and effectiveness of health services for children with special health care needs
  • Increase participation in managed care
  • Enhance the fiscal integrity of Medicaid programs and purchase the best value health care for beneficiaries
  • Promote and implement medical assistance programs for individuals in need

Strengthen the scientific foundation for health protection, health promotion, and health care

  • Improve our understanding of how to promote healthy behavior and how to prevent, diagnose, and treat both disease and disability
  • Increase our understanding of how to improve the quality, effectiveness, utilization, financing, and cost effectiveness of health services
  • Improve the communication and application of health research results to improve health status
  • Maintain a Department- wide research agenda that anticipates future challenges to public health and facilitates translation between research and public health practice
  • Enhance support of biomedical research in New York

Strengthen the Department's capacity to achieve its goals

  • Improve organizational responsiveness to the needs of the public
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality products and services
  • Improve the performance of our programs and systems through employee development, as well as organizational learning