Community Assessment and Prevention

The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), the longest-running program of AHI, originating in 1992, provides a forum for public health leaders, community health centers, hospitals, behavioral health organizations, emergency medical services, and other community-based organizations to assess regional population health needs and develop collaborative responses to priorities. As a multi-stakeholder regional coalition, ARHN informs on planning assessment, provides education and training to further the NYS DOH Prevention Agenda and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, and offers other resources that support the development of the regional health care system.

ARHN hosts quarterly meetings targeting health care professionals and other stakeholders from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties. Please contact us at 518.480.0111, ext. 317 to be added to our invitation list.

Rural Health Champions of the Year

Each year, Rural Health Networks across Northern New York, including the Adirondack Rural Health Network, recognize those who have made significant contributions to the health of rural residents by selecting Rural Health Champions of the Year. Rural Health Champions are individuals, such as health care providers, patient advocates, public health officials, human services personnel and community-based organization program staff, who demonstrate leadership and provide exceptional care and services to rural community members in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties. AHI’s 2019 awardees were announced at the AHI Leadership Summit on September 19, 2019.

AHI’s 2019 Rural Health Champions were honored at its 11th Annual Leadership Summit on September 19, 2019, in Lake Placid. AHI’s Nancy Gildersleeve (far left) and Gallagher’s Todd Edwards (far right) pose with awardees (left to right): Jennifer Neifeld, 820 River Street, The Baywood Center, Lee Rivers, Community Connections of Franklin County, Susan Allott, Essex County Health Department, and Leah Breeyear, Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson (Trip Shannon, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Valerie Ainsworth, Mental Health Association in Essex County, and Maggie Rowley, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, not pictured).

New York State Prevention Agenda

The New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2019-2024 is a blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers. It guides regional health planning activities and resources. This is integral to ARHN initiatives which support activities related to the NYS DOH Prevention Agenda 2019-2024. 


Community Health Assessment (CHA) Committee

The ARHN Community Health Assessment (CHA) Committee is made up of representatives from thirteen hospitals and local public health departments from seven counties who contract each year with ARHN/AHI for community health assessment services. Representatives from Adirondack Health, Clinton County Health Department, Essex County Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Fulton County Public Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Hamilton County Public Health, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center, University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Warren County Health Services and Washington County Health Services are all committee members. Since 2002, ARHN has coordinated this multi-county, regional stakeholder committee to support community health planning and assessment, including capacity development, provision of decision-making resources/tools and leveraging collaborative partnerships/resources to address identified regional priorities.

Regional Health Assessment Reports

Adirondack Rural Health Network Community Health Assessment

Community Engagement

Community Service Plans from our Hospital Partners

Community Health Improvement Plans from our Public Health Partners


ARHN sponsored a statistical and data analysis webinar in partnership with the Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, Using Data for Community Needs Assessments, to better assist partners with interpreting and analyzing public health data.

The New York State Community Action Association has created a needs assessment tool which could provide assistance in the development of a Community Needs Assessment. This tool is a compilation of information from multiple state and federal resources and compiled into a single report on the county level.

The New York State Health Workforce Planning Data Guide from the Center for Health Workforce Studies provides demographic, education, health, and workforce data.

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) are defined as the conditions under which people are born, live, grow, work, and age. The New York State Department of Health has created a web page as a resource of information for health systems and community-based organizations in relation to the Value-Based Payment (VBP) Roadmap requirements for level 2 and 3 arrangements to have a minimum of one SDoH intervention and contact with at least one community-based organization. 

ARHN sponsored four Grant Readiness training programs in 2019. Click below to find additional grant-writing tips and best practices.

County and State Profiles 

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