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posted Apr 15, 2016, 7:47 AM by Josie Maroney   [ updated Apr 15, 2016, 7:52 AM ]

Population Health Update

On April 5th, the Southern Tier Health Action Priorities Network/ Population Health Improvement Program (HAPN/PHIP) presented the results of their five-county population health assessment to over 100 health and human services providers from across the region. The event was held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton, N.Y.

The assessment, which included results from 238 interviews and focus groups involving 130 community members, was conducted to develop a better understanding on how to improve health across the region. Those who participated in interviews and focus groups also identified priority population health issues and challenges. The assessment was conducted between June 2015 and February 2016 and included information collected for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga and Tompkins counties.

Rural Health Network’s Population Health Coordinators, Emily Hotchkiss and Mary Maruscak conducted interviews and focus groups in Broome, Delaware and Tioga Counties and were presenters at the HAPN/PHIP assessment presentation on April 5th.

After the presentation of analysis results, audience members joined breakout groups led by Population Health Coordinators and discussed the top priority health issues that arose from the analysis, including transportation, mental health, substance use, and provider & consumer education. Groups evaluated strengths and weaknesses of each, and then determined, via a voting process, which two priority areas would be the focus of the HAPN/PHIP initiative moving forward. 

The results of all data analysis are available on the Healthlink NY website > Community Tab> HAPN Southern Tier > Program Resources. Additional resources and analyses, including county level data, will be made available in the same location in the coming weeks. 

Audience members, including interviewed stakeholders and steering committee members, selected transportation and mental health as HAPN Southern Tier's priority areas. Further work is being done to determine which initiatives will be undertaken in each of those areas. We look forward to the next stage of work.
If you have any questions or want additional information, please feel free to contact Rural Health Network's Population Health Coordinators: Mary Maruscak and Emily Hotchkiss

Rural Health Network of SCNY -- E-Newsletter: April 2016

Population Health Update