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NYAM received a $400,000 grant from the New York State Health Foundation to provide technical assistance to local health departments across the state in implementing the New York State Prevention Agenda.
The Prevention Agenda 2013-17 is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas, reduce avoidable illness in communities, and reduce health disparities. The Prevention Agenda is aligned with the goals of the Affordable Care Act and New York State Medicaid reform, and has been an important priority for NYAM.
NYAM was chosen to do this work because of its strong relationship with the New York State Department of Health and the local health departments and its record of success in offering trainings and technical assistance to New York State local health departments, including recent DASH-NY trainings for the Prevention Agenda chronic disease priorities.
In November 2013, New York local health departments and hospitals filed action plans in collaboration with their local partners on the New York State Prevention Agenda. Early analysis found that while there are strengths in many plans, local health departments and their partners would benefit from guidance and learning opportunities to ensure plans are successfully implemented.
“There are passionate, committed leaders in local health departments all across New York State. We are honored to have the opportunity to work closely with these leaders to highlight their best practices and troubleshoot local barriers to making New York the healthiest state,” said Ana Garcia, Director of Health Policy at NYAM.
NYAM will assess the plans and needs of counties in upstate New York and Long Island and assist them with implementing evidence-based programs, policies, and practices, particularly in the priority areas of Chronic Disease and Mental Health/Substance Abuse.
NYAM will provide the health departments with a mix of learning opportunities, including technical assistance, learning collaboratives around commonly chosen intervention categories, and trainings that address widely-held questions and challenges of the local health departments. NYAM will also evaluate the participants’ progress toward implementation. This project will run from May 2014 to April 2016.
Posted on May 21, 2014
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