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Community Health Improvement Award

Congratulations to our 2022 CHIA honoree, Mohawk Valley Health System. Learn more about their winning program, Lead-Free and Healthy Homes Mohawk Valley Coalition.

This award recognizes member hospitals and health systems for their collaborative initiatives to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Submission criteria and process

CHIA recognizes programs that target specific community health needs while emphasizing the importance of health equity, leadership, collaboration with diverse community partners and achieving quantifiable results.

CHIA initiatives are:

  • community-focused, using a collaborative approach to identify and address the health needs of the community;
  • preventive, not part of acute care and usually taking place outside of a clinic or hospital; and
  • related to the New York State Prevention Agenda that aims to improve the health and well-being of all New Yorkers and promote health equity.

CHIA initiatives are not:

  • quality improvement, patient safety or care transition initiatives; or
  • inpatient-focused.

Many hospitals have had to put initiatives on hold or pivot during the pandemic. Submissions may describe what your hospital has done to address COVID-19 in your community, as long as the initiative meets the criteria mentioned above.

One award nomination is allowed per HANYS member hospital or continuing care provider.

Winner selection

Submissions are judged by an external panel of experts on the following criteria:

  • background and Prevention Agenda priority: 15 points
  • collaboration and approach: 30 points
  • results and impact on the community: 35 points
  • conclusions and sustainability: 20 points

The submission with the highest score is awarded.


Please contact Kristen Phillips, director, community health policy, at kphillip@hanys.org or 518.431.7713.