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The state Department of Health's Public Health and Health Planning Council has the broad task of finding better and more efficient ways to improve the health of New Yorkers. At last week's committee meetings of the council, several members said that goal requires an all-encompassing view analogous to looking at New York from an airplane cruising at 35,000 feet.
Committee member Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford said she favored getting input from the state education and agriculture departments, and suggested joint meetings to address such public health topics as exercise and nutrition. Member Jeffrey Kraut said that suggestion made sense to him. "We might want to involve them in discussions" on such topics as making sure there are green markets in areas with less access to fresh produce, he said. But the group did not vote on any such proposals, and some members seemed reluctant to add to the committee's work.
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A new issue brief from NYAM, “Achieving the Triple Aim in New York State: the Potential Role of Hospital Community Benefit,” is the first in a series related to promoting a better understanding of Community Benefit in New York State and how it can advance population health.
NYAM commissioned an analysis of hospital community benefit investments by New York State hospitals. The new issue brief analyzes the reported expenditures of NYS hospitals in the categories of the IRS Schedule H report.
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