Rural Health
Technical Assistance and Planning

Rural Health
Technical Assistance and Planning

Rural Health Network works at the local and regional level to provide assistance with health related needs assessments, planning and project implementation.

Population Health Improvement Program

The Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) is an initiative of NY State. Rural Health Network partners with HealtheConnections, the Human Services Coalition, and Chenango Health Network for implementation in the Southern Tier region, made up of Broome, Tioga, Delaware, Tompkins and Chenango Counties.

This initiative works to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes by building capacity and convening local and regional stakeholders to identify, share, disseminate, and help implement best practices and strategies to promote and improve population health.

RHN’s PHIP is primarily involved in Tioga and Delaware Counties, with a focus on supporting local municipalities in their efforts to become age-friendly, and providing technical assistance to county health departments and local hospital systems on their annual assessment and improvement plans. In 2019, the Southern Tier PHIP hosted 7 workshops from January to June, focusing on the AARP’s 8 Domains of Livability Framework, has provided technical assistance and capacity to 2 health departments on their Community Health Assessments, and hosted one Health Equity Event with planning for 2 more currently underway.

 

 

 

Social Determinants of Health Measurements Project

With funding from the NYS Health Foundation and Care Compass Network, Rural Health Network is conducting a two-year project (2019-2020) to improve the measurement of Social Determinants of Health among rural community-based organizations (CBOs).

Social Determinants include factors such as food access, housing, employment, and transportation. By measuring programs that address these factors, CBOs can communicate their impact on health outcomes to potential funders. Project activities include assessing current measurement designs, testing new return-on-investment calculations, and providing support to small and rural CBOs as they navigate the value-based payment environment.

Look for periodic updates on progress and learnings from this project in the Rural Matters Newsletter and on the New York State Association for Rural Health website. Questions can be directed to Emma Nalin, project coordinator, at enalin@rhnscny.org.