235808 Regional Health Planning Initiative: Assessment, Planning, Evaluation

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:30 AM

Deborah Viola, PhD , Department of Health Policy and Management, School of Health Sciences & Practice, Valhalla, NY
Peter S. Arno, PhD , School of Health Sciences & Practice, Department of Health Policy & Management, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Linda M. Harelick, MS, MBA , School of Public Health, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Elquemedo Oscar Alleyne, MPH , Epidemiology, Rockland County Department of Health, Pomona, NY
Joan Facelle, MD, MPH , Commissioner of Health, Rockland County Department of Health, Pomona, NY
Background: With the belief that planning across the region could be an effective way to address common health needs, the seven counties of the Lower Hudson Valley in collaboration with New York Medical College formed a Regional Health Planning Initiative. The group was awarded a $1,000,000 HEAL 9 grant from the NYSDOH. Objectives: The scope of the initiative included 1) a regional health assessment to identify priority areas and health system partnerships; 2) participatory data collection via survey and focus groups; 3) data analysis on local and regional levels to provide insights lost in state wide data collection efforts and 4) dissemination of information through a web-based portal. Methods: An evaluation of health indicators identified priority chronic disease prevention areas. A survey (n=6911) at community based sites provided information on health access, behaviors, and outcomes. A regional summit for community stakeholders focused on sharing of local programs. Results: The primary outcome of this regional planning initiative includes evidence-based and local-best programs and practices of disease prevention strategies that can be applied across county level borders within the Lower Hudson Valley Region. Consideration was given to building capacity and changing programs or policies for adaptability region-wide. External validation of the impact of the regional planning process will be incorporated in the 2013 Community Health Assessment process. Conclusion: Regional health planning can be implemented in a structured approach that is not only participatory at the community level but can be designed to measure effectiveness.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Articulate the process for designing a regional health planning program. 2) Identify best practices in developing initiatives to address priority heatlh needs in the community. 3) Explain how to engage stakeholders in the planning and evaluation process of regional health planning.

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Access to Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am the principle investigator on this initiative.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.