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.

Community Health Planning Guidance and Data

Local Community Health Planning

Local Health Department Contacts
Directory of local health department community health assessment and health improvement plan liaison contact information.
New York State Department of Health Public Health Contractors
Map and listing of public health contractors that can support local Prevention Agenda activities.
2013 Prevention Agenda Technical Support
The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), in partnership with the New York State Department of Health and five regional organizations, has developed a resource center to support local community health improvement and foster multi-stakeholder coalitions. This collection contains references, information, and tools to be shared among stakeholders to assist in the community health planning and implementation process.
Community Planning Guidance (PDF, 148KB)
This 2013 guidance describes the essential elements of a local health department Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan, as well as the requirements for hospital Community Service Plans. In keeping with the Prevention Agenda 2013-17, the Department is asking local health departments and hospitals to collaborate with each other and community partners on the development of these documents, which are due in November 2013.
Memo from Commissioner Shah (PDF, 27KB)
Dr. Shah has asked local health departments and hospitals to work together with community partners to assess the health challenges in communities, identify local priorities and develop and implement plans to address them. The Department is expecting that each local health department and hospital will, together, with other partners, identify and develop a plan for addressing at least two priorities in the new Prevention Agenda. At least one of these priorities should address a health disparity.
Community Health Planning Webinars
Webinars were sponsored by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) for hospitals and local health departments.
Frequently asked questions about CHA-CHIPs and CSPs
Questions and answers about the Community Health Assessments(CHAs), Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs), reports that have to be submitted by local health departments, and about the Community Service Plans (CSPs), reports that have to be submitted by hospitals.

Community Health Data for Assessment and Planning

In addition to the Prevention Agenda Tracking Indicators, the data sources below can be used for community health planning and monitoring interventions:

Community Health Indicator Reports

This site links the previous Community Health Data Set (CHDS) and Community Health Assessment Indicators (CHAI). Many new indicators have been added to this site. Nearly 300 health-related indicators are now available. State and county trend data are available for the majority of these indicators.

In addition, nearly 20,000 tables, maps and trend graphs of health-related indicators are available for community health assessment and planning.

The top part of this site allows you to access indicator data for all counties in the state by health topic areas. The bottom part of this site provides access to individual county profiles of these health topic areas with direct links to county historical (trend) data.

Other Data Sources for Community Health Assessment and Planning
This list provides data sources that have been used to measure the progress made in the Prevention Agenda 2008-2012 priority areas. They have also been used to gather data and information on the current health status and health related factors (socio-economic status, environment, behaviors) affecting New York State residents. These data sources will be useful for community health assessment and planning.