Full List of Selected Recipients for “Advancing New York State’s Prevention Agenda” Funding
To help foster statewide implementation of prevention activities, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) issued the Prevention Agenda 2013–17 as a blueprint for local community action to address disease prevention and reduce health disparities. All 58 local health departments were required to submit a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to the State outlining their strategies to advance the Prevention Agenda. To help energize the implementation of these CHIPs, the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is awarding grants to health departments with the most innovative and feasible projects to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The Advancing New York State’s Prevention Agenda: A Matching Funds Program to Implement Community Health Improvement Plans initiative awards grants of up to $50,000 to local county health departments that submitted the most promising CHIPs, have engaged a diverse group of community partners, and are able to secure matching grants to implement their proposed plans. Final grants will be awarded to health departments that raise matching funds from local investors. The Prevention Agenda offers NYSHealth a timely opportunity to build upon its work in diabetes prevention by helping support initiatives that tackle the root causes of diabetes and other chronic conditions, such as obesity and smoking.
With NYSHealth funding, county health departments will work to advance prevention activities in their communities by addressing at least one of the five priority areas of the Prevention Agenda; using evidence-based strategies and measures; engaging in partnerships from various sectors; and reaching a significant proportion of people with poor health indicators.
NYSHealth has also awarded a grant to the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) to provide technical assistance to county health departments across the state, including the grantees below, to help implement their CHIPs through the creation of learning communities.
Below is a complete list of NYSHealth's selected organizations and their projects, along with a map of their locations.
- Broome County Health Department
- Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services
- Clinton County Health Department
- Columbia County Department of Health
- Cortland County Health Department
- Delaware County Public Health Services
- Erie County Department of Health
- Essex County Public Health
- Genesee Valley Health Partnership
- Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council
- Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
- Oswego County Health Department
- P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Inc.
- Putnam County Department of Health
- S2AY Rural Health Network, Inc.
- Schenectady County Public Health Services
University of Rochester Medical Center
Broome County Health Department
Grant Amount: $50,000
Broome County Health Department (BCHD) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting a healthy and safe environment. It will work toward the specific goal of decreasing falls, fall-related hospital admissions, and deaths as a result of falls among adults 65 years of age and older. To achieve this goal, BCHD will adopt a fall-risk assessment and referral protocol in primary care sites; integrate fall prevention components in home health physical therapy programs; and help community-based organizations promote and expand evidence-based fall prevention programs to reach older adults in all areas of Broome County.
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services
Grant Amount: $35,000
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services (CCDHHS) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting healthy women, infants, and children. It will work to create community supports for breast-feeding in Chautauqua County, with the aim of increasing resources for mothers of infants. CCDHHS will collaborate with hospitals, practices, federally qualified health centers, employers, and other stakeholders to increase the proportion of babies who are breast-fed. The initiative will train health care staff members as certified lactation counselors through the Healthy Children’s Center for Breastfeeding, as well as support a program that helps pregnant mothers quit smoking and encourages breastfeeding. It also will establish a 24-hour helpline staffed by a lactation counselor for mothers who are experiencing breast-feeding troubles.
Clinton County Health Department
Grant Amount: $20,000
Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting a healthy and safe environment. It will work to increase access to and affordability of physical activity and nutrition opportunities in Clinton County. To achieve this goal, CCHD will increase the number of public transportation riders to local grocery and food stores; develop and conduct community surveys to determine the need for additional routes and times of current routes to increase ridership; and promote ridership in low-income rural areas. CCHD also will work with community partners to implement a Complete Streets initiative to improve the walkability of communities and enhance other physical activity opportunities.
Columbia County Department of Health
Grant Amount: $24,400
Columbia County Department of Health (CCDOH) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will collaborate with community partners to decrease obesity/overweight in schoolchildren, with a goal to decrease obesity among public school students by 5% in three years. CCDOH will work with public schools and daycare centers to implement more daily physical activity during the school day through a range of activities, including incorporating physical activity into the wellness policy and physical education plan; training teachers on implementing daily physical activities; offering options afterschool activities such as dance and running clubs; and implementing options for active, safe walking and biking to and from schools.
Cortland County Health Department
Grant Amount: $23,858
Cortland County Health Department (CCHD) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting healthy women, infants, and children. It will work with local health care agencies and businesses to improve breast-feeding rates and duration by targeting women who are pregnant or have recently given birth and who plan to continue nursing after returning to work. Breast-feeding programs will be established, including one where nurses make home visits to educate women on breastfeeding and other self and infant care tactics. Nurses also will be trained as certified lactation consultants. In addition to lactation support, program participants will be provided with breast pumps and other educational materials. To encourage and facilitate breast-feeding in the workplace, CCHD will collaborate with businesses on developing a breast-feeding policy, as well as exclusively designating a private room for breast-feeding.
Delaware County Public Health Services
Grant Amount: $5,000
Delaware County Public Health Services (DCPHS) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work to create a Complete Streets project targeting low-income adults and children in rural areas, with at least one municipality implementing this policy. DCPHS will form a workgroup of local hospitals and other stakeholders to help establish safer walking environments that promote healthy activities and will allow residents to access medical care, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other needed resources through a Complete Streets project. It also will help medical providers at clinic locations implement a Prescription Trails program, which identifies walking routes that are safe and accessible to patients and families. Health care professionals will assess their patients for readiness to start or maintain a walking program, and then write tailored prescriptions based on their current physical condition.
Erie County Department of Health
Grant Amount: $25,000
Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting healthy women, infants and children. It will work to increase rates of breast-feeding in Erie County by helping one hospital and OB-GYN, pediatric, and family medicine practices serving Medicaid populations attain breast-feeding friendly designation from the New York State Department of Health. ECDOH also will collaborate with community partners to increase education efforts and other breast-feeding supports, such as baby cafes, workplace lactation rooms, and other childcare settings.
Essex County Public Health
Grant Amount: $25,300
Essex County Public Health (ECPH) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work to create school environments that promote and support healthy food and beverage choices. ECPH will provide education, technical assistance, and environmental supports to schools for the adoption of policies and practices that support healthy nutrition, including programs such as Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and My Plate; specific topics such as cafeteria culture and school gardening; and school wellness policy and community communication. ECPH also will help expand the role of employers in obesity prevention by increasing the number employers that have knowledge and adoption of policies, practices, and environments that create healthy food and beverage choices at worksites.
Genesee Valley Health Partnership
Grant Amount: $30,000
Genesee Valley Health Partnership (GVHP) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work to improve breast-feeding rates for women in Livingston County, with a particular emphasis on low-income working mothers. GVHP will target physicians and practices to encourage their patients to breast-feed; get three additional certified lactation consultants trained to support women in their efforts to breast-feed; and collaborate with employers on the business case for providing breast-feeding supports to employees and help them to modify their worksites to make them more breast-feeding friendly.
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Syracuse University
Grant Amount: $50,000
Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion (Lerner Center) at Syracuse University, in partnership with the Onondaga County Health Department, will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of promoting mental health and preventing substance use. It will work to form a community collaborative for the prevention of perinatal substance use and reduce the number of drug-dependent babies in Onondaga County. The collaborative will bring together clinical and human service providers to share information, examine local data, and identify best practices with the goal of developing policies, procedures, and education messages to decrease substance use or increase identification of women at risk for having drug-dependent newborns. Lerner Center will also train individuals to become community connectors—peers within highest-risk neighborhoods who can connect other residents to the health care delivery system and community-based organizations that provide substance use prevention and treatment programs.
Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council
Grant Amount: $25,000
The Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC), of which Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council is the coordinating entity, will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. LIHC will work with community partners to implement the Walk! Long Island initiative, which aims to improve health, fitness, and quality of life through daily physical activity. It will complete a Complete Streets assessment and implementation plan. By adopting a Complete Streets plan, communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. The adoption of a Complete Streets policy will make the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and consequently make the community a better place to live.
Oswego County Health Department
Grant Amount: $26,378
Oswego County Health Department (OCHD) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will address the county’s high rates of overweight and obesity among school children and adults, as well as high rates of tobacco use. OCHD will provide guidance, training, and support to schools to implement the Healthy Highway program, which teaches children about healthy food choices in physical activity and nutrition. It also will work with providers and county agencies to promote smoking cessation among pregnant women and mothers of young children through the following activities: align and enhance smoking cessation services; increase referrals to the New York State Smokers’ Quitlines; support and adopt tobacco-free outdoor policies; and conduct research to support evidence-based approaches.
P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Inc.
Grant Amount: $50,000
P2 Collaborative of Western New York (P2) will use funds to help the Cattaraugus, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming county health departments focus on the Prevention Agenda priority areas of preventing chronic disease and promoting mental health and preventing substance use. Cattaraugus County will work to reduce consumption of sugary beverages through a public awareness campaign to combat obesity in children and adults. Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties will collaborate on increasing awareness of mental health services available in the tri-county area and how residents can navigate these services. Niagara County will collaborate with providers and employers to increase enrollment and engagement of participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program at community locations.
Putnam County Department of Health
Grant Amount: $10,000
Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work with businesses to develop pilot worksite wellness programs. PCDOH and its community partners will determine the current status of worksite wellness programs in Putnam County, and then consult with businesses on the importance of these programs. It will target three worksites in the county to offer a comprehensive wellness program that offers employees a range of activities, including biometric screening, exercise classes, a walking program, cooking demonstrations, and a smoking cessation program. After implementing the three pilot programs, PCDOH will promote the programs throughout the county and offer assistance and support to other businesses to conduct programs of their own.
S2AY Rural Health Network, Inc.
Grant Amount: $50,000
S2AY Rural Health Network (S2AY) will use funds to help Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Ontario, Wayne, and Yates county health departments focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. S2AY will collaborate with the health departments on forming two regionwide coalitions in the Finger Lakes to address hypertension and breast-feeding. For hypertension, it will work with providers to identify patients with hypertension and enroll them in the registry and provide enhanced follow-up with patients to ensure they are taking their medications and monitoring their blood pressure. S2AY also will work with hospitals, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and other partners to increase the number of mothers who are breast-feeding after hospital discharge and six months later.
Schenectady County Public Health Services
Grant Amount: $25,000
Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work to reduce the burden of preventable symptoms and conditions related to asthma by creating a care model for asthma patients at a partner hospital. Care managers will be assigned to all patients who enter the emergency room with a primary diagnosis of asthma. These care managers will ensure patients have all the services and supports needed to control their asthma; refer patients with asthma for a home assessment by a public health nurse to identify triggers and make referrals for home remediation; and refer patients to an asthma education program to help them learn successful techniques to better manage their condition. Care managers also will assist with coordinating care with the patient’s health care provider.
University of Rochester Medical Center
Grant Amount: $25,000
University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) will use funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It will work to decrease tobacco use in Monroe County by supporting hospitals and clinics in developing and initiating smoking cessation policies.
The State has also published a map of all Prevention Agenda projects statewide.