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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 3 - Interventions by Sector

Healthcare Delivery System

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.
  • Provide cultural and linguistic training on MEB health promotion, prevention and treatment.
  • Share data and information on MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention and treatment.

Employers, Businesses and Unions

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.
  • Participate in cultural and linguistic competence training related to MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention.
  • Support understanding of cost-effective MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention approaches.

Media

  • Establish reporting and advertising policies that do not glamorize alcohol and substance abuse or stigmatize MEB disorders.

Academia

  • Conduct robust studies on cost-effectiveness, strategy coordination and cultural challenges.
  • Share evidence-informed findings with policymakers, advocacy groups, professionals, employers and media to enable them to incorporate research findings in policies, practices and messaging.

Community-Based Health and Human Service Organizations

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.

Other Governmental Agencies

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.
  • Identify key representatives from State agencies and municipalities to serve on an interdisciplinary implementation team that will prioritize needs related to evidence-informed MEB health and MEB disorder prevention policies, practices, training, data collection and technical assistance.
  • Identify opportunities to collect data on the impact of mental health and substance abuse at local and State levels and to measure health equity.
  • Identify and establish baseline targets of indicator data required for planning and monitoring county-level MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention.

Governmental Public Health

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.
  • Identify key representatives from State agencies and municipalities to serve on an interdisciplinary implementation team that will prioritize needs related to evidence-informed MEB health and MEB disorder prevention policies, practices, training, data collection and technical assistance.
  • Identify opportunities to collect data on the impact of mental health and substance abuse at local and State levels and to measure health equity.
  • Identify and establish baseline targets of indicator data required for planning and monitoring county-level MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention.
  • Educate professionals and policymakers on evidence-informed policies and practices that promote MEB health and prevent MEB disorders.

Non-Governmental Public Health

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.

Policymakers and Elected Officials

  • Participate in MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention partnerships.

Communities

  • Participate in partnerships to implement suicide prevention initiatives.

Philanthropy

  • Support research that informs knowledge about culturally sensitive approaches that increase MEB health promotion and MED disorder prevention.