Community Assessment and Prevention

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 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 Sara Deukmejian, ARHN Manager, at [email protected], or Andrea Bonacci, Director of Population Health Programs, at [email protected] with any questions.

Rural Health Champions of the Year

Congratulations to the 2023 Rural Health Champions who were recognized for their demonstrated leadership and exceptional dedication to community members within the Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN) region at the 2023 North Country Leadership Summit

Pictured(from left to right): Ann Morgan, Dr. Wouter Rietsema, Melissa Gooley
Not Pictured: Rhenda Campbell

Promoting Rural Health Advocacy

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 that 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 Service Plans from our Hospital Partners

Community Health Improvement Plans from our Public Health Partners


Professional Wellness Resources

Addressing Social Determinants of Health

ADK Wellness Connections – This site connects health and community-based providers together for referral and care management through real-time electronic referrals, in-app messaging, and notifications. ADK Wellness Connections can help connect our local community to social and health care resources and there is no cost for this service.

Data Resources

Community Commons – The newly revamped Community Commons is a collaborative initiative that exists to serve the healthy communities movement by helping changemakers advance equitable community health and well-being.

HealthyADK – Designed for professionals, the site provides up-to-date community health data, and links to evidence-based programs based on a community’s needs.

Using Data for Community Needs Assessments – 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.

County and ARHN Region Infographics

Click the following links for printable PDFs:

Food Resources

Grant Resources

Other Resources

Resources for Supporting LGBTQ+ Well-Being – ARHN, in partnership with the AHI PPS Community Engagement and Workforce teams, is sponsoring the Supporting LGBTQ+ Health and Wellness Training Series. To find resources and information on future training sessions, please click the header above.

Social Determinants of Health Guide

Living Healthy Snapshot Report


Parks Guide

Food Pantry Guide

Trauma and Vicarious Trauma Resources

The AHI Informer

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