Meet HAPN Hudson Valley and HAPN Southern Tier

November 17th, 2015 - Through its involvement in population health initiatives, HealthlinkNY seeks to improve the health of all residents in the communities it serves, throughout the Southern Tier and Hudson Valley regions. Our organization strives to identify gaps in the landscape of regional population health and identify strategies to engage providers, moving the needle on various health issues.  Health Action Priorities Network (HAPN), also known as the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP), is a New York State Department of Health initiative designed to promote the Triple Aim—better care, better population health and lower health care costs.

Healthy is HAPNing in the Southern Tier  

HAPN Southern Tier is the division of HealthlinkNY responsible for executing the Population Health 
Improvement Program for Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Tioga and Tompkins Counties. HAPN Southern Tier is building upon the momentum of the stakeholder interviews from this past fall and moving into consumer-level focus groups to get the voices of the community involved in our needs assessment analysis. 
HAPN Southern Tier is working with a public health researcher at Binghamton University to analyze our assessment and prepare us for our strategic priority session happening this spring. Additionally, HAPN Southern Tier, is aligning with Care Compass Network, the Performing Provider System (PPS) for the Southern Tier to be in support of their emerging projects and compliment the work happening with that initiative. Performing Provider Systems are contractors implementing the Delivery System Reform  Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) Medicaid reform for a geographic region in New York State.  
The local health departments in each county recently received guidance on their 2015 Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plans which includes all Population Health Improvement Program’s to offer our analytics, stakeholder engagement, and a kind support to their process. HAPN Southern Tier is looking forward to collaborating with the health departments in all five of our counties to support the completion of these updates. 

Healthy is HAPNing in the Hudson Valley

Taking the name to heart, HAPN Hudson Valley has wasted no time in setting priorities for the Hudson Valley region’s Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). The seven Hudson Valley counties (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester), are a region noted for diversity, extremes, and everything in between: wealth, poverty, and working class; urban, suburban, and rural; and generational waves of immigrants from every corner of the world. These factors create a unique opportunity for the PHIP Plan to bring this diverse community together to share information and best practices. 
The HAPN Hudson Valley Steering Committee is comprised of healthcare and community leadership from the three Performing Provider Systems (PPSs), local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and private practices. This committee has narrowed down the focus areas of the PHIP Plan to Behavioral Health and Social Determinants of Health. HAPN Hudson Valley recognizes that this is an opportunity to do something unique, to support other key healthcare initiatives, and to bridge the gap between the healthcare community and community based organizations. Two workgroups have already formed and began implementation planning for next year. Program Manager Marcy Handler is developing the community partnerships necessary to execute a regional initiative while Prevention Agenda Coordinator Rebecca Cosgrove is laying the groundwork by customizing the HAPN portion of the HealthlinkNY website and Healthy Communities Institute dashboard to publicly share a wealth of data and health indicators with the region.
As the Steering Committee develops its plan, HAPN Hudson Valley will work to align and compliment their objectives to those of the Hudson Region Clinical Council, a cross PPS workgroup, and the Local Health Departments development of their Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) These groups will work together in a neutral forum to align their efforts and create a regional strategic plan. 
To learn more about both HAPN Hudson Valley and HAPN Southern Tier and to view their community dashboards please click here