Health leaders reveal New York health improvement plan

Nirav R. Shah, State Health Commissioner, and Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner, were joined by representatives from the health care community to launch a statewide, five-year plan to improve health in New York.

The prevention agenda plan, a collaboration of more than 140 organizations, serves as a blueprint for local communities and shows them how they could improve health and address health disparities.

"Creating an effective public health strategy requires setting clear goals, promoting active collaborations, and demonstrating an unwavering commitment to address factors that affect the health of individuals, families and communities," Shah said. "The Prevention Agenda establishes a strong course of action, including measurable goals and targeted interventions, to improve public health; we look forward to working with our partners to make New York the healthiest state in the nation."

The prevention agenda looks to prevent chronic disease, promote healthy and safe environments, promote healthly women, infants and children, promote mental health, prevent substance abuse and prevent HIV, STDs, vaccine preventable diseases and healthcare-associated infections.

"New York's entire hospital community has strongly supported the Prevention Agenda since its inception in 2008, and continues to strive every day to achieve its goal of improving the health and quality of life of all New Yorkers," Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, said. "We look forward to working with Commissioner Shah, Commissioner Farley, and other stakeholders to ensure that the Prevention Agenda 2013-17 is a major success."