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Resources for Implementing the Community Health Needs Assessment Process

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a new webpage, Resources for Implementing the Community Health Needs Assessment Process, providing 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.

Public Health Live! - Prevention Agenda 2013: A Blueprint for Community Action to Improve Health in New York State

Prevention Agenda 2013: A Blueprint for Community Action to Improve Health in New York State. This Public Health Live features Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, President, The New York Academy of Medicine, and Sylvia Pirani, MPH, Director, Office of Public Health Practice, NYSDOH, discussing the new Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 and providing insight  about opportunities for communities, hospitals and local health departments to work together to leverage their data and coordinate their assessment efforts to eliminate disparities and improve health within their communities. Originally aired March 28, 2013.

Health Leaders Rollout the 2013-17 Prevention Agenda

State-Community Collaboration Promotes Public Health Priorities to Improve New Yorkers' Health, Quality of Life and Reduce Health Disparities.
The plan - Prevention Agenda 2013-17: New York State's Health Improvement Plan - serves as a blueprint for local community action to improve health and address health disparities.

NY State Releases Health Improvement Plan

New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah released the 2013-17 Prevention Agenda: New York State's Health Improvement Plan-a statewide, five-year plan to improve the health and quality of life for everyone who lives in New York State.

Faces of Public Health: NY State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah

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