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Community Health Improvement Award

The Community Health Improvement Award recognizes member hospitals and health systems for their collaborative initiatives to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Congratulations to Northwell Health, recipient of HANYS’ 2021 Community Health Improvement Award. Their program leveraged community-based partnerships to fight COVID-19. Watch a video featuring interviews with program leaders and learn more here.

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;
  • 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.

Is your initiative focused on quality improvement or patient safety? Apply instead for our Pinnacle Award for Quality and Patient Safety.

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; and
  • conclusions and sustainability: 20 points.

The submission scoring the highest will be awarded.

Award presentation

The 2021 Community Health Improvement Award recipient will be publicly announced in the fall and promoted through a comprehensive digital campaign.

HANYS’ annual profile book features all submissions that meet the award criteria. We encourage you to share this publication with your facility and community.


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