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NYS DOH LEADERS ADVANCE PREVENTION AGENDA DURING PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK

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.

PREVENTION AGENDA DASHBOARD DEVELOPED

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.

HEALTHCARE ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK STATE (HANYS) LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE TO SUPPORT THE PREVENTION AGENDA:

  • 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.

Focus Area 1 - Interventions by Sector

Healthcare Delivery System

  • Identify and implement evidence- based practices and environmental strategies that promote MEB health.
  • Support and facilitate quality improvement of evidence-based practices and environmental strategies that promote MEB health.

Employers, Businesses, and Unions

  • Promote workplace and employee wellness efforts.
  • Educate employees about importance of MEB health for overall wellness.
  • Support evidence-informed policies to promote employee wellness (e.g., flextime).

Media

  • Develop and support social marketing campaigns to promote activities that enhance MEB health.
  • Educate communities about the return on investment of MEB health promotion.

Academia

  • Work with communities to implement and evaluate evidence-informed policies and evidence-based practices related to MEB health promotion.

Community-Based Health and Human Service Organizations

  • Use evidence based practices that promote MEB health.
  • Educate lawmakers and advocate for funding of evidence-informed policies and practices that promote MEB health.
  • Identify and deliver curricula for children and youth to enhance their social skills, emotional competence, conflict resolution and coping skills.

Other Governmental Agencies

  • Identify evidence-informed policies and evidence-based practices that promote MEB health.
  • Educate professionals and policymakers on these policies and practices.

Governmental Public Health

  • Identify evidence-informed policies and evidence-based practices that promote MEB health.
  • Educate professionals and policymakers on these policies and practices.
  • Expand efforts with DOH Tobacco Control Program and OMH Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Program (PROS).

Non-Governmental Public Health

  • Use evidence based practices that promote MEB health.
  • Educate lawmakers and advocate for funding of evidence-informed policies and practices that promote MEB health.
  • Identify and deliver curricula for children and adults to enhance their social skills, emotional competence, conflict resolution and coping skills.

Policymakers and Elected Officials

  • Identify evidence-informed policies and evidence-based practices that promote MEB health.

Communities

  • Advocate and support direct evidence-based practice educational services.

Philanthropy

  • Support social marketing campaigns that support MEB health promotion.