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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.

Update Reports for the Prevention Agenda

2010 LHD Update for the Prevention Agenda

In 2010, each LHD was asked for an update on their county's progress toward planning and implementing strategies described in the 2010-2013 Community Health Assessments. The purpose of the survey was to assess what LHDs have done toward addressing the community's selected Prevention Agenda priorities; their progress toward implementing local plans; the challenges they are facing; and technical assistance they need. A report on the findings from this survey can be found here: Prevention Agenda 2010 Update: Local Health Departments (PDF, 247KB, 4pg).

2010 Hospital Update for the Prevention Agenda

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 (PDF, 181KB, 3pg) 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 department