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June 22, 2017

HANYS Honors Hospitals for Community Health Initiatives

HANYS Presents Community Health Improvement to Award Schuyler Hospital

BOLTON LANDING, N.Y. — The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) presented its 2017 Community Health Improvement Award to Schuyler Hospital, and an Honorable Mention to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in recognition of their outstanding initiatives to improve the health of their communities.

“We congratulate Schuyler Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital for their exemplary initiatives aimed at improving the health of their communities,” said HANYS President Bea Grause. “We congratulate the winners and salute all healthcare providers across the state who are engaged in countless similar examples of going the extra mile to serve their communities and make a positive difference.”

The Awards were presented at HANYS’ 49th Annual Membership Conference. The honorees’ award-winning initiatives are summarized below.

Schuyler Hospital

Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Schuyler

Residents of Schuyler County are eating better and moving more thanks to HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Schuyler, provided by Schuyler Hospital and its partners.

To address the county’s high rate of obesity in children and adults, HEAL Schuyler implemented more than 15 programs and activities with various community partners that increase physical activity and healthy eating through a comprehensive, multifaceted approach.

Schuyler Hospital’s successful “Biggest Loser” employee wellness initiative helps staff eat healthier and lose weight—and is a model for other workplaces. The hospital’s free community walking program, Schuyler Steps Out, now in its tenth year, encourages staff and the community to move more.

HEAL Schuyler also provides information about walking and hiking trails throughout the county online and in print. Other initiatives include: breastfeeding classes and support for new moms, training healthcare providers on talking with patients about their weight, and holding Active Living Every Day classes. HEAL Schuyler is also helping restaurants identify healthier options and is working to reduce or eliminate use of sugar-sweetened beverages at events and worksites.

The program is having a significant impact. HEAL Schuyler points to a 27% decrease in adult obesity in the county, from 2008 to 2014. And, Schuyler County is approaching the New York State Prevention Agenda goal for 2018 to reduce the percentage of obese adults to 23.2%. Success is also being measured among youth, with a reported decrease of 10% in obese or overweight elementary school students, and an 11% decrease for middle and high school students.

Healthier children and adults are leading healthier lives. Together, Schuyler Hospital, along with Schuyler County Public Health, are providing exemplary leadership through HEAL Schuyler, to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Honorable Mention:

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Family Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences Trauma Treatment Center

Young children and families traumatized by violence and abuse have a safe place to go for mental health services in New York City’s Washington Heights community. The Family Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences (PEACE) Trauma Treatment Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is dedicated to improving the safety and well-being of children and families exposed to traumatic violence and abuse. The Center provides treatment to very young children (from infants to six years old), their siblings, and caregivers through a holistic, evidence-based approach that aims to address the psychological impact of trauma exposure, improve the parent-child relationship, and strengthen the family’s sense of safety.

Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences provides clinical services in a community where police reported an average of more than 770 incidents of domestic violence per day in 2014. The impact of the program is significant. After six months of treatment in 2016, 53% of children have fewer behavioral problems, 75% of adult caregivers report feeling less depressed, while 67% report a reduction in stress.

Preventing Early Adverse Childhood Experiences also educates and trains medical providers to screen for domestic violence in primary care practices. Outside the walls of the Center, Family PEACE is active in grassroots advocacy efforts against domestic violence and participates in several community coalitions working to coordinate and provide culturally and linguistically appropriate clinical, social, and legal services to victims of domestic violence.

Healthy and safe children. Stronger families. Through its important work, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is successfully addressing a critical community health need.

HANYS established theCommunity Health Improvement Awardin 1997 to recognize outstanding initiatives designed to improve the health and well-being of communities. The Award is presented to facilities and programs that target specific community health issues, demonstrate leadership, collaborate among diverse groups, and achieve quantifiable results.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.