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 2: Community Service Plan - Question and Answer Document

Q: What are the Department's expectations of hospitals in the first year of this community partnership?

A: While this type of public health collaboration has been ongoing in some areas of the state for many years, this is a new initiative for many hospitals and community partners. As with any new initiative, the Department expects there to be successes and challenges that will arise from this process. The best practices and barriers that emerge as all participants gain experience will be valuable tools for improvement as we move the Prevention Agenda forward.

Q: What if a hospital is only able to choose 1 of the Commissioner's priorities, instead of the 2 or 3 that is recommended?

A: The Department strongly encourages hospitals to participate in this collaborative process and select 2 or 3 of the Commissioner's priorities. The community partnership should be able to identify 2 to 3 priorities that fall within the mission of each hospital and their community partners.

Q: If a hospital serves many counties, is it the Department's expectation that the hospital will partner with multiple County Health Departments?

A: The Department recognizes that it may be difficult for hospitals to partner with all the potential counties in assessing the needs of the community. Hospitals and LHDs should discuss ways to analyze data and establish a way to work together on the assessment and planning processes for their mutual benefit. A hospital may want to consider partnering with the LHD for the county where a majority of the hospital's patients reside or with a particular LHD to address a priority that affects residents of that county. Alternatively, hospitals can consider a regional planning approach to address the selected priorities. To the extent possible, this kind of decision should involve all of the LHDs related to the hospital.

Q: Does this new process shift the responsibility for improving the health care of the community to the hospital alone?

A: No. This initiative is not intended to shift responsibility to any single entity. This collaborative effort is intended to involve many entities to assess, plan, implement and monitor strategies to address public health needs. We anticipate that LHDs and hospitals act as co-conveners of the community assessment and planning process and that the CSP and CHA reflect collaboration between community partners.

Q: What happens if a hospital does not collaborate with community partners to address Prevention Agenda priorities?

A: Hospitals are currently required to solicit the views of the community and receive input on service priorities in accordance with PHL Section 2803-l. With this new initiative, the

Department will expect to see collaboration with community partners reflected in a hospital's CSP. While participation in this initiative is not statutorily required, the Department is confident that hospitals will agree to participate for the benefit of the communities they serve.

Q.: Do hospitals need to combine their CSP with the LHDs' CHAs?

A: Each entity should submit their required document to the Department: CHAs from LHDs and CSPs from hospitals. LHDs and hospitals may include data, analysis and problem statements that reflect the work of each other and the other community partners. One could envision that the community process yields a document that contains all the data, the priority setting work, and the activity/service planning that all partners can share and use in their respective submissions to the Department. This collaborative document would capitalize on the sharing of resources like data, manpower and brain power and allow each party to benefit from that work.

Q: What Department of Health resources are available?

A: Data and guidance pertaining to the Prevention Agenda can be found on the Department's website at the following link: It is strongly recommended that all participants make use of resources posted to this page.