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.

Attachment 1: Community Service Plan (CSP) - Comprehensive 3-Year Plan Format

Comprehensive 3-Year Plan Format

The format of the Community Service Plan (CSP) has changed as outlined below. While some elements remain the same, other sections have been added and/or revised. The Department expects that CSPs will be submitted electronically for the September 15, 2009 deadline. Information about how to submit will follow at a later date.

  1. Mission Statement

    Reaffirm the hospital’s mission statement that identifies commitment to the community it serves. Indicate if there have been no changes to the mission statement in this section

  2. Service area

    Define the area the hospital uses for community/local health planning for the purposes of the Community Service Plan (CSP). Please include the method used to determine the service area e.g. zip codes, census data, etc.

  3. Public Participation

    in this process, hospitals must provide a brief summary statement that:

    • Identifies the participants involved in assessing community health needs, e.g. community-based organizations; other health care providers such as community health centers, family planning clinics, physician groups, and home care agencies; facility advisory boards and the public.
    • Includes the dates and a brief description of the outcomes of the public input process including any discussion of barriers or gaps in service.
    • Describes how public notification of these sessions was accomplished.
  4. Assessment of Public Health Priorities
    • Hospitals are considered co-conveners of the community assessment process with the LHDs with which they work most closely. Hospitals, LHDs and other community partners (community-based organizations, health care providers, and consumers, etc.) should form a partnership to share and analyze data to identify the 2 to 3 Prevention Agenda priorities. This section must describe the criteria by which the priorities were selected, including how data were used to target a community or a segment of the community.
    • Describe whether the priorities selected represent new community initiatives or existing programs that will be supplemented by input and support from community partners.
    • For all hospital public health programs considered in the assessment process, including the 2 to 3 Prevention Agenda priorities, provide a description of their scope, objectives and accomplishments.
  5. Three Year Plan of Action

    For the Public Health Priorities identified in Section 4, including the 2 to 3 Prevention Agenda priorities, describe the strategies proposed to address them:

    • whether they are new or existing priorities;
    • how they may be addressed by the hospital and community partners and by whom, e.g. , a service or program will be implemented within the hospital, a community health center or local health department clinic, an educational effort will be undertaken by local schools, businesses, or health department(s). Prevention Agenda priorities should be addressed jointly with other community partners performing services or activities within their scope or mission. In the case of hospital public health programs falling outside the Prevention Agenda priorities, the hospital does not need to implement a collaborative approach to address the issue.
    • the overall goals of the strategies, how the goals will be measured for effectiveness and how these current strategies may be modified to include on-going input and support from the hospital’s community partners.
  6. Financial Aid Program

    Describe the hospital’s successes and challenges related to the provision of financial aid in accordance with Public Health Law 2807(k) (9-a). Do not include the summary of the hospital’s policy or financial data required by Exhibit 50 of the ICR; rather discuss general accomplishments, process improvements and/or best practices related to the hospital’s financial aid program.

  7. Changes Impacting Community Health/Provision of Charity Care/Access to Services

    Describe any changes to the hospital’s operation or financial situation that impacts the care of the community, financial assistance and/or access to health care. This could include, but is not limited to, impending mergers, increasing financial constraints, and key personnel turn over.

  8. Dissemination of the Report to the Public

    A key element of the Community Service Plan is the dissemination of pertinent information regarding a hospital’s public health programs and availability of financial assistance to the public. The Department recommends that hospitals disseminate a written summary of the CSP and encourages hospitals to post information to their websites so that it is readily accessible by the public. Hospitals must be sure to include pertinent financial data that demonstrates its current and future commitment to public health programs and financial assistance in the written summary developed for the public.

  9. Financial statement

    The Department of Health will not require a separate financial statement to be submitted as part of the Community Service Plan. Financial data already reported to the Department through the Institutional Cost Report (ICR) will satisfy the statutory requirement.