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Launching the next state health improvement plan

The state's Public Health and Health Planning Council is working with the Department and public health stakeholders to develop the next state health improvement plan for 2013-2017. The plan will consider current health status, progress to date on the Prevention Agenda, and identify new public health priorities for the next five year period and plans for addressing them.

Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference about sodium and its effect on health

Please join CDC experts and other public health professionals for a Vital Signs Town Hall Teleconference about sodium and its effect on health. Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST). Dial in: 800-857-0764 (Passcode: 795-4413). You may find the report (available in the afternoon of February 8, 2012) here before the teleconference.

Model for Improvement: A framework for developing, testing and implementing changes

In 2009, the New York State Department of Health applied the "Model for Improvement" to three community health projects. The intent was to learn from the process about what works and how to work through challenges toward health improvement.

2010 LHD Update for the Prevention Agenda is now available

Chronic Disease, Access to Quality Health Care, and Physical Activity and Nutrition are the top priorities being addressed by local health departments (LHDs), according to the 2010 Prevention Agenda update survey. All but one of the LHDs completing the survey have established partnerships and developed plans to address their chosen priorities. While a significant number of LHDs are in the implementation phase for at least one of their priorities, the survey results indicate that there are several challenges ahead. These include funding, competing public health issues and adapting evidence-based strategies to local communities.

2010 Hospital Update for the Prevention Agenda Now Available

Chronic Disease, Access to Care, and Physical Activity and Nutriton are identified as community priorities by more than half the hospitals in the state, according to the 2010 Community Service Plan reports. The 2010 Summary: Hospital Community Service Plans outlines the approaches used by hospitals, identifies the characteristics of strong Community Service Plans and describes how these findings correlate with the work done by local health departments.

September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month!

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, hospitalizations and emergency department visits among adults 65 and older. Fortunately, the risk of falling can be reduced through taking small steps like having an annual eye exam or enrolling in an exercise program to improve strength and balance. National Fall Prevention Awareness Day is Sept. 23. The month of September is an excellent time to plan community fall prevention events, or to incorporate fall prevention messages into your events and activities. For more information and a list of suggested community activities, contact Kara Burke at 518-473-1143 or kab20@health.state.ny.us.

ASTHO hosts webinar on Evidence-Based Public Health

  • ASTHO hosts webinar on Evidence-Based Public Health

    ASTHO hosts webinar on Evidence-Based Public Health: Strategies from New York, featuring NYSDOH staff discussing strategies to improve adolescent sexual health in communities with the highest burden of adverse outcomes

Prevention Agenda Technical Assistance Day reaches more than 85 public health professionals from local health departments

The Department of Health's Office of Public Health Practice and the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) jointly sponsored a day-long meeting for local health department directors and their staff on addressing the Commissioner's Prevention Agenda priorities.

Subject matter experts from across the department described recommended prevention strategies and offered valuable insights for improving the health of county residents.

The event and summaries of sessions are posted on the NYSACHO website.

Prevention Agenda: EBRFSS News!

Expanded snapshots of the health and health behaviors of adult New Yorkers, including data on rates of overweight and obesity, diabetes, physical activity and smoking are now available for every county in New York State. The data, gathered through the Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System are available on the Department's website.

Prevention Agenda Technical Assistance Day reaches more than 85 public health professionals from local health departments

The Department of Health's Office of Public Health Practice and the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO) jointly sponsored a day-long meeting for local health department directors and their staff on addressing the Commissioner's Prevention Agenda priorities.

Subject matter experts from across the department described recommended prevention strategies and offered valuable insights for improving the health of county residents.

The event and summaries of sessions are posted on the NYSACHO website.

Prevention Agenda: EBRFSS News!

Expanded snapshots of the health and health behaviors of adult New Yorkers, including data on rates of overweight and obesity, diabetes, physical activity and smoking are now available for every county in New York State. The data, gathered through the Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System are available on the Department's website.

Prevention Agenda: 10 Years of Public Health Live!

Health Commissioner, Richard Daines, MD, introduces this special anniversary program that looks at how Public Health Live!, a televised 60-minute program, has advanced the goals of New York State Department of Health's Prevention Agenda for the last ten years. To see the broadcast, click on the "blip.tv" link on the right hand column. This anniversary program broadcast on December 17, 2009 has short clips of past programs celebrating public health practice in the community.

Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) Online Health Survey and Community Health Forum

The Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) is inviting residents from Albany, Rensselaer and Schenectady counties to complete a brief online survey on quality of health care in the Capital District. The HCDI recently collaborated with WMHT public televison station to conduct a community health forum at which community members and health care professionals voiced their concerns and comments.

Implementing the Prevention Agenda: Evidence-Based Principles and Practices for Executives

Presentations are available from a pilot training to hospitals and local health departments by the Prevention Research Center at the University at Albany School of Public Health. They provide additional tools to complete the community health assessments and community service plans.

Community Health Assessment and Community Service Plan Frequently Asked Questions at Webinars

Responses to frequently asked questions about community health assessments and community service plans asked at the Healthcare Association of New York (HANYS) sponsored webinars relate to collaboration, the planning process, and data.

Community Health: Collaboration in Action

Check out the eight-minute video Community Health: Collaboration in Action listed under the Prevention Agenda Toward the Healthiest State. It shows a local health department and hospital collaborating with the community to prevent and manage diabetes.

Matrices Describing County Priorities, Strategies and Partners Posted

Information about each county's efforts to address Prevention Agenda priorities is now available. The information includes the identified priorities and focus areas; the collaborating hospitals, counties, and community partners; and the strategies being implemented to improve population health outcomes. The matrices can be viewed by priority area and by county.