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Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN)

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.

New York State Prevention Agenda

The New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 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 2013-2018.

Health Care Leadership Seminar Prerequisite Webinars

The following two webinars are prerequisites for attending the in-person Health Care Leadership Seminar on December 6, 2018.

To receive EMS Continuing Education Credits for the seminar, please fill out the evaluation form below and bring it with you to the in-person training on December 6, 2018.

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.

This year’s Rural Health Champions were honored in September at AHI’s 10th Annual Summit in Lake Placid. AHI’s Nancy Gildersleeve (far left) and Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Todd Edwards (far right) pose with awardees (left to right): Dr. Paul Bachman, Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Kathy Jo McIntyre, Washington County Public Health, Tammy Merendo, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, and Chaplain R.W. Williams, Mountain Valley Hospice.

  • Visit AHI’s Summit web page to view the video of the event at which the Rural Health Champions were recognized.

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.

ARHN 2018 Regional Prevention Agenda Projects

For the fourth year in a row, ARHN has partnered with public health departments and hospitals on projects to address health inequalities in New York State as outlined in the NYS Prevention Agenda. This year’s projects focused on two priority areas.

Prevent Chronic Disease Priority Area
• Essex County Health Department provided breastfeeding mothers with support and education through home visits, instructing them on effective pumping methods and positive benefits of breastfeeding.

The department also implemented Better Choice Retailer at local grocery stores to improve the availability of nutritious foods and beverages and educate consumers on how to select the healthiest options. They also worked with local schools to help update their wellness policies and practices to meet Healthy Hunger-Free Act guidelines and establish strong national standards for food and beverages provided at the schools.

• Franklin County Public Health purchased children’s bicycle helmets to distribute at bicycle safety rodeo events in Malone, Brushton, Chateaugay, and Tupper Lake.

• Glens Falls Hospital hosted a Complete Streets Demonstration Day in the Town of Granville in Fall 2018. The event featured new, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian signage, curb cuts, shoulder striping, and a speed feedback sign to raise awareness of traffic and pedestrian safety techniques.

The hospital also collaborated with Health Departments in Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton, and Warren counties to strengthen their responses to tobacco use in their catchment areas by training direct-care staff on local resources. In all, 42 staff members in the counties received training.

• Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home started the Advance Radical Randy Asthma Program, which utilizes a virtual child-sized doll named Randy that can educate children on asthma, so they can take an active role in their own health. Randy will also be utilized as an education tool at numerous community events, health fairs and school wellness days in Fulton and Montgomery counties.

The hospital also extended its geographic reach to increase the number of individuals served through the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-management Program (DSMP). The goal of both programs is to teach participants about ways to manage their conditions.

• Warren County Public Health created a paper and online GIS mapping brochure to highlight the recreational opportunities and resources available in the area, including local parks, trails, playgrounds, and open public spaces in the county.

Funding was also used to wrap one of the department’s fleet vehicles with an eye-catching cancer screening message in an effort to raise awareness on the importance of cancer screening and to increase the number of individuals who get screened each year.

Promote Healthy Women, Infants, and Children Priority Area
• Clinton County Health Department purchased breastfeeding supplies and resources to make breastfeeding more accessible for nursing mothers who are returning to work.

• Washington County Health Department provided Tai Chi classes for seniors and other residents diagnosed with arthritis to enhance movement and flexibility. Washington County Office of the Aging and Disability Resource Center also collaborated on the project to help spread the word about the classes.

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

Data Resources

The New York State Community Action Association has created a needs assessment tool which could provide assistance in the development of the 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 (SDH) 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 SDH intervention and contact with at least one community-based organization.

County and State Profiles

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