SOPHi Awards FAQ
What is population health?
In its most fundamental sense, population health is a systematic, holistic approach that aims to prevent disease by keeping people healthy and improving the quality of care. Population health programs and interventions work to:
- Connect prevention, wellness and behavioral health with traditional healthcare delivery
- Focus on improving the quality and safety of care, improving access to healthcare services and helping to prevent/manage chronic diseases in the service of a specific population
- Advance policies and solutions to address socio-economic and cultural factors (social determinants of health) that have an impact on health outcomes
- Leverage technology and information systems to design social and community interventions and new models of health care delivery that facilitate care coordination and access
What is a population health program, project, or initiative?
Population health interventions improve the health outcomes of a specific population, such as an employee group, a set of individuals with a particular clinical condition, a community or a distinct group (like preschoolers or the elderly) within it. These programs demonstrate proven outcomes in improving the health of a population. Examples may include:
- A program that improved transitions of care for an elderly, disabled population.
- A built environment initiative designed to increase physical activity.
- A community stakeholder collaborative model that decreased visits to the ER for homeless populations.
What are the 2016 SOPHi Categories?
Last year we had eight winners representing each of the eight counties in WNY. This year the SOPHi categories fall in line with the Prevention Agenda priorities. In order to be considered for the SOPHi Awards, a project must fit under one of categories below. Under each of the categories are descriptions- the project must meet at least one of those examples.
- Reduce obesity in children and adults
- Create community environments that promote and support healthy food and beverage choices and physical activity
- Tobacco Use
- Prevent initiation of tobacco use by New York youth and young adults, especially among low socioeconomic status (SES) populations
- Promote tobacco use cessation, especially among low SES populations and those with poor mental health
- Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
- Chronic disease preventative care and management
- Increase screening rates for cardiovascular disease, diabetes & breast, cervical & colorectal cancers, especially among disparate populations
- Safe environment
- Reduce exposure to outdoor air pollutants with a particular focus on burdened communities
- Increase the percentage of State residents that receive fluoridated drinking water
- Reduce potential public health risks associated with drinking water and recreational water
- Improve the design and maintenance of the built environment to promote healthy lifestyles, sustainability and adaption to climate change
- Improve the design and maintenance of home environments to promote health and reduce related illness
- Reduce fall risks among vulnerable populations
- Reduce violence by targeting prevention programs particularly to highest risk populations
- Reduce occupational injuries and illnesses
- Mental health
- Promote mental, emotional and behavioral wellbeing (MEB) in communities
- Strengthen infrastructure for MEB health promotion and MEB disorder prevention
- Substance abuse
- Prevent underage drinking, non-medical use of prescription pain relievers drugs by youth, and excessive alcohol consumption by adults
- Healthy women, infants, and children
- Increase utilization of preventive healthcare services among women of reproductive age
- Reduce premature births
- HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
- Decrease HIV morbidity in New York State
- Increase early access to and retention in HIV care in New York State
- Decrease STD morbidity in New York State
- Decrease HIV and STD disparities in New York State
- Increase and coordinate Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) prevention and treatment capacity In New York State
Who is eligible?
The SOPHi awards are open to any organization or institution that furthers one of the Prevention Agenda priorities as mentioned above.
The population health program, project, or initiative submitted for consideration must be active (in process, not just in planning phase) and include outcomes or preliminary findings
How are submissions judged?
Nominations are reviewed by P² Collaborative and winners chosen by the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) Steering Team, which comprises of respected leaders in healthcare. Review of the submissions will be conducted using the evaluation criteria outlined below.
The P² Collaborative of Western New York's SOPHi award is not a grant program; only submissions that describe an implemented project with outcomes will be considered.
The PHIP Steering Team will consider the following criteria when evaluating nominations.
- Collaboration—the establishment or reinforcement of connections among different stakeholder sectors/groups working for a common purpose.
- Community Impact—improvement in health outcomes or health behaviors for the target population that is measurable with quantitative and/or qualitative data that show a change, impact or result. The data should capture or illustrate measurable improvement or change in health of the defined population as a result of the intervention; could also include changes in: policy; individual behavior, knowledge or attitudes; institutional practices or processes; and reduction or elimination of barriers to care.
- Data-Driven—using data that drives implementation of programs, evidence-based/informed, best practices, data-informed programming with measurable baselines and outcomes.
- Inclusion—covering multiple communities and health sectors valuing all voices from all the varied and diverse members of our community(ies)- not just about sector, but also background, perspective, experiences, etc.
- Transparency—honest, open, and purposeful information sharing
When will the winner be announced?
The winners will be announced live at the SOPHi awards on October 14, 2016 at Buffalo RiverWorks.