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HANYS Provides Input as State Health Improvement Plan Discussions Move Ahead

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At a recent meeting of a Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) ad hoc committee, HANYS provided input on priority areas that will lead New York State’s Prevention Agenda for years 2013 to 2017.  The Prevention Agenda is also known as the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP).

The ad hoc committee of PHHPC’s Health Committee agreed on five priority areas:  chronic disease; healthy environment; healthy mothers, babies, and children; substance abuse and mental illness; and sexually-transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and vaccine preventable diseases.  Access to care will be included within each of the five priority areas. 

As a member of the ad hoc committee, HANYS shared feedback on the original Prevention Agenda from hospital members and its Community Health Task Force.  HANYS reported that while hospitals were able to develop and improve their collaboration with local health departments in the initial phase of the Prevention Agenda, hospitals faced challenges related to collecting data, quantifying results, and identifying indicators that were relevant to the prevention initiatives.

Next, SHIP will obtain stakeholder input on the five priority areas and make recommendations related to the scope of health problems to be addressed, identify policies and programs for action, identify existing and potential key sectors and organizations that need to take action on each intervention selected, propose a timetable and milestones over a five-year period, and select appropriate indicators to monitor progress.   HANYS’ hospital members will participate on the five priority focus groups.  

The SHIP priority areas will be linked to hospital Community Service Plans and local county health department community health assessments beginning in 2013.  Contact:  Sue Ellen Wagner

Published June 13, 2012