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New York State Health Foundation Taps New York Academy of Medicine for Prevention Agenda Implementation

NYAM Receives $400,000 Grant to Assist Local Health Departments

NEW YORK—The New York Academy of Medicine (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 New York State Department of Health’s blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas, reducing avoidable illness and health disparities in communities.

“The Prevention Agenda is an exciting opportunity to bring together health care, public health, and business, academic, and community leaders to agree on priorities for collaborative action that address the health problems and health disparities that affect their communities,” said Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, NYAM President. “This grant will provide critical support to local groups as they implement programs and policies to address the broad determinants of these local health problems and contribute to improving the health of all New Yorkers.”

In November 2013, New York’s 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.

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 was chosen to do this work because of its strong relationship with the New York State Department of Health and its record of success in delivering trainings and technical assistance to New York State local health departments and their partners, including recent DASH-NY trainings for the Prevention Agenda chronic disease priorities.

“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 provide the health departments with a mix of opportunities including technical assistance, learning collaboratives, 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.

“The Prevention Agenda provides an important blueprint for key players from different sectors to work together to create a culture of health,” said Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, Vice President of the New York State Health Foundation.  “We look forward to working with leaders from across the State to advance policies that make it easier for New Yorkers to make the right choices and live in environments that lead to healthier lives.”

About The New York Academy of Medicine
The New York Academy of Medicine advances the health of people in cities.
An independent organization since 1847, NYAM addresses the health challenges facing the world’s urban populations through interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement. Drawing on the expertise of diverse partners worldwide and more than 2,000 elected Fellows from across the professions, our current priorities are to create environments in cities that support healthy aging; to strengthen systems that prevent disease and promote the public’s health; to eliminate health disparities; and to preserve and promote the heritage of medicine and public health. For more information, visit

About the New York State Health Foundation
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Today, NYSHealth concentrates its work in three strategic priority areas: expanding health care coverage, improving diabetes prevention, and advancing primary care. The Foundation is committed to making grants, informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health system, serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to its grantees and partners.

Posted on June 3, 2014

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