State Budget Supports Key DASH-NY Policy Push

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By Rebecca Abraham, Policy Associate   Designing a Strong and Healthy New York State’s (DASH-NY) first policy agenda led to big wins in Albany this year. Governor Cuomo’s new budget now includes the largest public transportation package in history—a key priority for DASH-NY and DASH coalition member the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. On April 1st budget provides targeted funding to public …

Innovation in Medicare Reimbursements Could Signify Move Towards Prioritizing Preventive Health

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By Steven Chan   Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a game-changing innovation in Medicare policy, reimbursing a prevention program.  The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), run by the YMCA, has been certified by the Office of the Actuary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to be cost-effective in achieving better health outcomes and quality …

Systems for Sustainable, Healthy Food

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Food Policy The DASH-NY Food Policy Workgroup includes supermarkets, farmers, hunger groups, and obesity prevention programs. This year, the group prioritized funding for school lunches and access to healthy foods. Policy Priority: Increase funding per school meal to support the procurement of healthy, local foods. To start off, school meals are highly underfunded.  The state reimbursement for school meals hasn’t …

New DASH-NY Policy Agenda Fights for Better Transportation and Healthier Food

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By Kimberly Libman, PhD, MPH and Rebecca Abraham, MPH   Tuesday February 2nd was an exciting, game-changing day for Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH-NY). After five years of building a powerful coalition of more than 100 advocacy and community-based organizations, we arrived in Albany, NY, ready to present our first Policy Priority agenda to legislators. At the …

Recognition for Trauma-Informed Care

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By Michele Calvo, Policy Associate at NYAM The Advancing Prevention Project team was encouraged to see yesterday’s CNBC article highlighting Kaiser Permanente’s participation in The National Council on Behavioral Health’s Trauma Informed Primary Care project, to screen and treat trauma in primary care. Little by little, we’re seeing efforts from the health system to treat the mind and body as …