Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Health Research, Inc.

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

September 2015

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 2014 – August 2014

The North Country region of New York, which has a population density of 43 people per square mile and lacks public transportation, poses many challenges to policymakers and providers seeking to ensure access to high-quality health services for residents.

The health system had been under stress as a result of rapid changes in organization, delivery models, and payment reform, as well as an aging population, workforce shortages, and shrinking public funding. The New York State Department of Health formed the North Country Health Systems Redesign Commission (the Commission) as a neutral and trusted entity to engage health care facility stakeholders in a regional planning process. The Commission works to stabilize essential community providers; integrate systems of care to eliminate the risk of reduced access to essential community services; expand access to primary care and community behavioral health services; reduce workforce shortages; and achieve improved quality of care and better population health. In 2014, NYHealth awarded a grant to Health Research, Inc., to support the Commission in its efforts to develop a system to improve patient outcomes, provider financial stability, and population health in the region.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Performed an extensive population health data analysis to assess the health needs of the region, which were vital to crafting the Commission’s recommendations;
  • Assisted the Commission in making recommendations to achieve these goals, as published in a widely disseminated report, “Building Capacity and Promoting Value in the North Country;” and
  • Helped organize monthly meetings in different communities throughout the region to provide a public forum for providers, the public, and other stakeholders to present analyses and perspectives.