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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 2 - Interventions by Sector

Healthcare Delivery System

  • Identify and implement evidence-based practices and environmental strategies to prevent underage drinking, substance abuse and other MEB disorders.
  • Consider evidence based strategies to reduce underage drinking such as those promulgated by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Increase understanding of evidence-based practices for smoking cessation among individuals with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder.

Employers, Businesses, and Unions

  • Support MEB disorder screening of individuals at risk through collaborative care partnerships.
  • Educate employees about risk factors and warning signs of MEB disorders and ways to access support services through employee health insurance.
  • Support campaigns and policies to decrease the stigma against individuals with MEB disorders.
  • Provide alcohol servers/seller training and ensure enforcement of laws.
  • Support counseling and smoking cessation programs and policies for employees.
  • Support campaigns and policies that prevent tobacco sales to minors.
  • Strengthen licensing requirements to include improved screening and treatment of tobacco dependence.

Media

  • Raise awareness of policies that prevent underage drinking.
  • Develop and support social marketing campaigns that counter social norm misperceptions about alcohol use; reduce stigma of MEB disorders; inform public about risk factors associated with substance abuse and other MEB disorders.
  • Increase awareness of tobacco addiction.
  • Promote education on the problem of youth smoking and its impact on other substance use.

Academia

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

Community-Based Health and Human Service Organizations

  • Use evidence-based practices that prevent MEB disorders.
  • Educate lawmakers and advocate for funding of evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent substance abuse and other MEB disorders.

Other Governmental Agencies

  • Educate policymakers on evidence- based practices, including policies that prevent MEB disorders.
  • Consider evidence based strategies to reduce underage drinking such as those promulgated by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Regularly conduct motor vehicle sobriety checkpoints.
  • Conduct surveillance of adult purchases of alcohol for minors.
  • Advocate for MEB disorder screening of individuals at risk in primary care settings.
  • Expand efforts to implement collaborative care in primary care settings throughout the State.
  • Support interventions that address disparities in smoking rates for those with poor mental health.
  • Expand efforts with DOH Tobacco Control Program and OMH Personalized Recovery Oriented Services.

Governmental Public Health

  • Educate professionals and policymakers on evidence-informed policies and evidence-based practices that prevent MEB disorders.
  • Support use of motor vehicle sobriety checkpoints.
  • Support surveillance of adult purchases of alcohol for minors.
  • Advocate for MEB disorder screening of individuals at risk in primary care settings.
  • Expand efforts to implement collaborative care in primary care settings throughout the State.
  • Support interventions that address disparities in smoking rates for those with poor mental health.
  • Assess the feasibility expand the Medicaid benefit for smoking cessation services such as medication for four 90-day courses of treatment annually for individuals with behavioral health disorders.

Non governmental public health

  • Use evidence-based practices that prevent MEB disorders.
  • Educate lawmakers and advocate for funding of evidence-informed policies and practices that prevent substance abuse and other MEB disorders.

Policymakers and Elected Officials

  • Develop and advocate for policies that address common risk factors for poor mental health.
  • Consider evidence based strategies to reduce underage drinking such as those promulgated by the U.S. Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Strengthen and maintain enforcement of substance use laws and policies.
  • Advocate for MEB disorder screening of at-risk individuals through Collaborative Care.

Communities

  • Advocate and support social norms that reduce substance abuse and stigma associated with MEB disorders. Philanthropy
  • Support MEB disorder prevention initiatives, including substance abuse and suicide prevention.
  • Support social marketing campaigns that promote MEB health