Media Advisory: Health Commissioner, Local Partners to Unveil Web-Based Tool that Pinpoints Need for Greater Primary Care Access

Identifies High Rates of Hospitalization for Preventable Conditions, Reveals Health Disparities

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 22, 2008) - On Tuesday, December 23, at 11 a.m. in the Blue Room of the Capitol Building, State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., and other state and local partners will unveil the first publicly available free web-based tool that pinpoints geographic areas where greater access to primary care will improve health.

Based on quality measures developed by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the new state Prevention Quality Indicator (PQI) website identifies on a zip code level the rate of hospitalizations for conditions generally considered preventable with good access to primary care. It also reveals health disparities by breaking data down according to patients' race and ethnicity.

WHO: NYS Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D.; Joseph Baker, Deputy Secretary to Governor David A. Paterson for Health and Human Services; Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee; James B. Crucetti, M.D., MPH, Albany County Commissioner of Health; Acklema Mohammad, M.D., Director of Pediatrics, Urban Health Plan in the Bronx; and other local partners.

WHAT: Unveil new web-based tool that provides hospitalization rates for conditions generally considered preventable with access to good primary care.

WHERE: Blue Room (Room 250), Capitol Building, Albany

WHEN: Tuesday, December 23, at 11 a.m.