Quantifying the Well-being of Communities

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate Can the well-being of a community be measured? Can it be quantified? The Siena College Research Institute (SCRI) developed a way to do both. In May 2017, SCRI conducted a public opinion survey of 1,000 New York State (NYS) residents, as a statewide community. The survey comprised 80 questions, categorized in groups, addressing …

Addressing Obesity through the Built Environment: An Event Recap

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By Ellie DeGarmo, B.A., Junior Policy Associate and Diane Kolack, B.A., Policy Associate We tuned into a daylong Roundtable on Obesity Solutions Workshop In an effort to address obesity by exploring potential mechanisms for changing the built environment, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) hosted Advancing Obesity Solutions through Investments in the Built Environment: A …

Highlights from the Breastfeeding Community of Practice Kick-Off Event

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate The Advancing Prevention Project (APP) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) are coordinating a Breastfeeding Community of Practice (CoP) for Local Health Departments. The Breastfeeding CoP will help LHDs achieve the 2013-2018 Prevention Agenda goal of increasing the percentage of breastfed babies in New York State. On November 1, 2016, APP …

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 …

New Toolkit From the Advancing Prevention Project Addresses Public Health Infrastructure

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By Michele Calvo and Chideraa Ukeje    Health care reform, while on the whole improving people’s lives, is not without its challenges. Through our work with the Advancing Prevention Project (APP), we often hear about the difficulties that local health departments and their partners encounter while trying to navigate New York State’s complex health reform initiatives. One of these challenges …