The P² Collaborative of Western New York is pleased to announce that the organization has been awarded $50,000 in funding from the New York State Health Foundation in support of a regional capacity building initiative, Collaborating to Promote Health in Western New York, within five county health departments in the region: Cattaraugus, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.
Collaborating to Promote Health in Western New York aims to build the health departments’ capacity to implement Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs). Every county in New York State must submit a CHIP to the State outlining their strategies to further the goals of the New York State Department of Health’s (NYSDOH) Prevention Agenda 2013–17. The initiative will focus on improving those CHIPs by strengthening capabilities within the health departments to address the major barriers to expanding efforts in chronic disease prevention and mental, emotional and behavioral health promotion.
The plan will bolster the health departments’ communications strategies and infrastructure in order to bring more individuals facing chronic illness to evidence-based self-management and prevention programming, approach curbing the obesity epidemic through the creation of a culture change against sugary-sweetened beverages, and strengthen the scope of available resources for those facing mental health or substance abuse challenges. The initiative will also provide opportunities for collaboration and resource sharing within and across the five counties.
“P² is thrilled to be the recipient of this major grant and we look forward to working with the five counties included in the initiative,” said Kevin Donovan, Interim Executive Director of the P² Collaborative. “It really shows how the community is coming together to work on improving the health of Western New York residents.”
P² Collaborative convened the county teams and will facilitate the initiative.
About the New York State Health Foundation
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private, statewide foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. Today, NYSHealth concentrates its work in three strategic priority areas: expanding health care coverage, improving diabetes prevention, and advancing primary care. The Foundation is committed to making grants, informing health care policy and practice, spreading effective programs to improve the health system, serving as a neutral convener of health leaders across the State, and providing technical assistance to its grantees and partners.