As part of National Public Health Week, State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., and Deputy Commissioner Guthrie S. Birkhead, M.D., M.P.H. took part in local events to advance the New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-17. On April 8, Commissioner Shah traveled to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum in Hyde Park to help Dutchess County introduce its first comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (PDF) and its "Declaration of Wellness."

Dr. Birkhead and New York State Health Foundation officials met the media on April 9 in the Schenectady County Legislative Chambers to announce that 17 organizations would share in $500,000 to help 28 county health departments implement their locally-developed Prevention Agenda plans to improve the health and well-being of their communities. Final grants will be awarded to health departments that raise matching funds from local investors.


The Department of Health released its first public "dashboard" showing major goals of the Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 and relevant indicators so the state and each county can determine how much improvement has been made towards reaching the Prevention Agenda 2017 goals.

The statewide dashboard gives a quick view of the most current data for approximately 100 tracking indicators. The county dashboard includes data available for 68 tracking indicators. Each county in the state has its own dashboard.


  • The Prevention Agenda Technical Support Web site offers resources, videos, and presentations to support the goals of the Preventing Chronic Disease Action Plan of the New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2017.
  • The Department of Health's Community Health Assessment-Community Health Improvement Plan, and Community Service Plan reviews and preliminary findings reveal important information on member priorities and focus areas.
  • Additional resources cover reducing health disparities, improving collaboration, recommendations for improving community health, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention status reports.
  • Partners can send news items that can be posted on the “Collaborative News” section.
  • Upcoming webinars are listed.

Resources for Implementing the Community Health Needs Assessment Process

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new webpage that identifies resources to be used for community health needs assessments and community health improvement plans related to revised community benefit obligations for public hospitals under the Affordable Care Act.

Recommended Evidence-Based Programs, Policies and Practices

Prevention Agenda website now includes links from the Action Plan strategies in three of the five Prevention Agenda priorities to recommended evidence-based programs, policies and practices that can be implemented locally. Links from the other two priorities will be posted soon.

Previous News Items

See all of the previous Prevention Agenda news items.

Prevention Agenda 2013-2017: New York State's Health Improvement Plan

The Prevention Agenda 2013-17 is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability, socioeconomic and other groups who experience them.

Make New York the Healthiest State Brochure

Now available: (Brochure) (Order form)

Map of Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 Priority Areas Selected by Local Communities

Good Examples of Hospital Community Service Plans (CSPs) and Local Health Department Community Health Assessments (CHAs) completed in 2013

Prevention Agenda Priorities, Partners and Links to Community Health Reports by County

This table provides a summary of the priorities selected by local health departments and non-profit hospitals in the organizations' Community Health Improvement Plans and Community Service Plans submitted in November 2013. The table identifies the organizations that the local health departments and hospitals are working with to implement their plans, as well as a website link to those plans, if available.

New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard

The New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard is an interactive visual presentation of the Prevention Agenda tracking indicator data at state and county levels. It serves as a key source for monitoring progress that communities around the state have made with regard to meeting the Prevention Agenda 2017 objectives.

Action Plans, Focus Areas and Local Health Department Contacts

The Prevention Agenda 2013-2017's five priority action plans are accessible via HTML and PDF versions through links in the table below. Easy access to recommended interventions by sector is available by focus area under each action plan.

Recommended evidence-base programs, policies and practices have been identified for each action plan. Under each priority area below, a link to the information, organized by focus area and goal, is provided. For each recommended program, policy or practice, a brief description is given along with links to assist with implementation. Journal articles can be accessed from the New York State Library or Dickerman Library.

Local Health Department Contact List
A directory of local health department community health assessment and health improvement plan liaison contact information is available through the above link.

Prevent Chronic Diseases Action Plan

Prevent Chronic Diseases Action Plan

Promote Healthy Women and Children Action Plan

Promote Healthy Women, Infants and Children Action Plan

Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse Action Plan

Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse Action Plan