Online Program

Expanding public health access while reducing cost through partnership and collaboration: The S2AY rural health network

Monday, November 4, 2013

Donald W. Rowe, PhD, Office of Public Health Practice, University at Buffalo, School of Public Health and Health Professions, Buffalo, NY
Andrea Haradon, B.A., M.P.A., S2AY Rural Health Network, S2AY Rural Health Network, Corning, NY
As public health funding continues to decline, communities are faced with providing essential public health services with diminishing resources. Is it possible to actually enhance public health services across an entire region of New York State and reduce costs? The S2AY Rural Health Network, a 501 (C) (3) not for profit organization focused on public health was created to do just that. The Network spans the six rural counties of Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Ontario, Wayne and Yates and partners with 10 others. Governance is provided by a 24 member board with representation from all six health department Directors as well as legislators, providers and consumers. Funding is derived from government grants, private donations, donated services and conference fees. In New York State, health departments are generally limited to providing services within their county but not the S2AY Network, which serves multiple counties. Network services include but are not limited to: community health assessments, cancer screening, Early Intervention, operating worksite wellness, facilitated enrollment, policy development etc. Network counties contribute $16,000 annually toward S2AY operations and non- Network counties contributions range from $1,000-$3,500 depending on services desired. Return on investments range from 6:1 to over 18:1. The six Network counties have stated that they would be unable to meet their public health obligations without the assistance of S2AY Network.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Analyze the innovative network funding system Identify at least 3 essential partners Explain the procedure to calculate return on investment Assess the application of this model to their organization

Keyword(s): Rural Health Care Delivery System, Business Plans

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at SUNY Buffalo School of Public Health & Health Professions, past Public Health Director for a rural health department for 17 years, Teach Public Health Practice, am a board member for the NYS Rural Area Health Education Center and the WNY Public Health Alliance, Chair of the NYS Rural Health Council and Co-PI on a HRSA Public Health training Center grant.
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.