Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Monroe County Community Health Improvement

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

September 29, 2014


Finger Lakes




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)  awarded 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 University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) a grant to participate in this initiative.

URMC used funds to focus on the Prevention Agenda priority area of preventing chronic disease. It worked to decrease tobacco use in Monroe County by supporting hospitals and clinics in developing and initiating smoking cessation policies.

See a full list of recipients.