Building Healthy Communities


Lake Fleet Consulting

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Building Healthy Communities


May 1, 2017

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This NYSHealth-funded report, prepared by Lake Fleet Consulting, analyzes the New York State Department of Health’s current funding for total population health.

It also makes recommendations for how the State and its residents can gain more value for funds spent on achieving the Prevention Agenda, New York State’s well-defined strategy for pursuing population health.

New York State is often cited as a national model in public health because of its strong support for improving the health of its population. Successful implementation of the State’s population health and delivery system reform initiatives requires thoughtful strategy and collaboration from a diverse group of stakeholders. To maximize the value of the State’s investments, stakeholders should be clear on their roles in the overall State population health strategy, how resources are being allocated within New York State communities, and how they can create synergies from these investments.

This report examines how much funding is being provided to meet the State’s Prevention Agenda goals; which entities are receiving these grants; and how the State’s existing efforts can be better promoted and coordinated to maximize its investments in population health and grantmaking. To gather input for how the State can maximize the value of grant funds, interviews were conducted with thought leaders from local health departments, rural health networks, community collaboratives, private foundations, hospitals, government agencies, and policy organizations from across the State. The report identifies opportunities for gaining more from the State’s existing approach and offers recommendations for the State to continue its positive progress toward achieving the goals set forth in its Prevention Agenda.

View presentation slides about the report from a New York Academy of Medicine convening on primary care and population health.