CHCANYS is working with the New York State Department of Health and other statewide organizations to address the leading health concerns affecting New Yorkers. the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) developed the Prevention Agenda 2013-17New York State's Health Improvement Plan to demonstrate how communities across the state can work together to improve the health and quality of life for all New Yorkers. In addition, the Prevention Agenda will serve as a guide to local health departments as they work with their community to develop mandated Community Health Assessments and to hospitals as they develop mandated Community Service Plans and Community Health Needs Assessments required by the Affordable Care Act over the coming year.
Public health departments across the state are collaborating with hospitals and community stakeholders to assess community health needs, identify two or three local priorities from the Prevention Agenda list, and develop programs to address the needs. If you are interested in participating in this assessment process in your community, please contact your local health departmenthere
CHCANYS is part of a leadership team established by the New York State Public Health Council to support the goals of the Prevention Agenda. The Prevention Agenda vision is New York as the Healthiest State in the Nation.1 features five priority areas:
Improve health status in five priority areas and reduce racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other health disparities including those among persons with disabilities.
Advance a 'Health in all Policies' approach to address broad social determinants of health.
Create and strengthen public -private and multi-stakeholder partnerships to achieve public health improvement at state and local levels.
Increase investment in prevention and public health to improve health, control health care costs and increase economic productivity.
Strengthen governmental and nongovernmental public health agencies and resources at state and local levels.
The State Department of Health has posted useful information about the Prevention Agenda priorities on its website. There, you can find data and statistical reports, references on estimating the return-on-investment for prevention, evidence-based approaches, relevant state program initiatives, links to our organization and other partners, and valuable prevention resources.
The website also contains statistics that provide a snapshot of the health of New York State residents in each county according to Prevention Agenda priorities. Statewide data are stratified by race and ethnicity. County-specific tables enable community health planners to assess how well their county is performing compared to the state as a whole and the U.S. For more information, click: here
Prevention Quality Indicators (PQIs) are available down to the ZIP code level and can be aggregated into appropriate service or planning areas. These indicators display rates of admission to the hospital for conditions that can often be avoided with good outpatient care. These are called ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Usually, early intervention can prevent complications or more severe disease. These indicators may suggest potential problems in a community that may require further, more in-depth analysis.
To help communities better understand the problem of obesity among their residents, Obesity Fact Sheets are now posted with county-specific information about the proportion of children and adults who exceed normal weight ranges. They also include local obesity prevention program information. For more information, click:here
For the past few years, CHCANYS has been coordinating a Childhood Obesity Prevention project with health centers in New York City. Funded by the New York City Council, the program was singled out for its work in October 2008 by Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H. with a Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future Champion Award.