Collaborating to Promote Health in Western New York
Building Healthy Communities
July 31, 2014
To help foster statewide implementation of prevention activities, the New York State Department of Health issued the Prevention Agenda 2013–17 to address disease prevention and reduce health disparities.
All 58 local health departments were required to submit a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to the State outlining their strategies to advance the Prevention Agenda. To help energize the implementation of these CHIPs, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) is awarding grants to health departments with the most innovative and feasible projects to improve the health and wellbeing of their communities through the Advancing New York State’s Prevention Agenda: A Matching Funds Program to Implement Community Health Improvement Plans initiative. The Prevention Agenda offered NYHealth a timely opportunity to build upon its work in diabetes prevention by helping support initiatives that tackle the root causes of diabetes and other chronic conditions, such as obesity and smoking. NYHealth awarded P2 Collaborative of Western New York (P2) a grant to participate in this initiative.
P2 used funds to help the Cattaraugus, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming county health departments focus on the Prevention Agenda priority areas of preventing chronic disease and promoting mental health and preventing substance use. Cattaraugus County worked to reduce consumption of sugary beverages through a public awareness campaign to combat obesity in children and adults. Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming counties collaborated on increasing awareness of mental health services available in the tri-county area and how residents can navigate these services. Niagara County collaborated with providers and employers to increase enrollment and engagement of participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program at community locations.
See a full list of recipients from this initiative.