New York State Department of Health Announces Awards for the Population Health Improvement Program

Eleven Regional Contractors Will Work Alongside Community Stakeholders in Developing Innovative Health Promotion Strategies

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 5, 2014) - The New York State Department of Health today announced the selection of regional contractors for the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). The PHIP resulted from a proposal in Governor Cuomo's 2014 State of the State address, and reflected the recommendations of the Public Health and Health Planning Council. The goal of the PHIP is to promote the so-called "Triple Aim" of better care, better population health, and lower health care costs. The New York State Department of Health (DOH) selected the PHIP contractors, which will convene meetings of local stakeholders and provide a neutral forum for identifying, sharing, disseminating, and helping to implement best practices and strategies to promote better health outcomes and reduce disparities across the population in each region.

"The Population Health Improvement Program gives New York State an exciting new opportunity to promote the Triple Aim – better care, better health and lower health care costs – by empowering communities to find ways to improve the health of their populations," said Acting New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker. "I look forward to working with each of the selected PHIP contractors as they engage their community partners in this important endeavor."

The PHIP is a regionally based, data-driven effort to bring together a variety of stakeholders that impact, or are impacted by, health and health care issues within eleven regions of the state for the purpose of addressing population health and health disparities. These stakeholders will include health care consumer and patient advocacy organizations; behavioral health advocacy organizations; disability rights organizations; health, behavioral health and disabilities service providers; rural health networks; insurers and other payers; local public health officials and other local officials; local human service agencies; the business community; unions; schools and institutions of higher education; local housing authorities; and local transportation authorities.

The PHIP contractors are listed below, along with the recommended award that is to be paid out over two years. All awards are contingent upon the continued availability of funding and the approval of both the New York State Attorney General and Comptroller.

Region Contractor Award
Capital District Healthy Capital District Initiative $2,440,000
Central New York Health Advancement Collaborative of Central New York, Inc. $2,439,993
Long Island Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council, Inc. $2,400,000
Mid-Hudson Taconic Health Information Network and Community Inc. $2,434,685
Mohawk Valley The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital $2,438,819
New York City Fund for Public Health in New York Inc. $5,000,000
North Country Adirondack Health Institute Inc. $2,440,000
Southern Tier STHL, Inc. $2,070,848
Tug Hill Seaway Fort Drum Regional Health Planning $2,438,616
Western New York P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Inc. $2,440,000

The Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency will serve as the PHIP contractor in the Finger Lakes region and will provide technical assistance to DOH that will help it support the other contractors. For more information, please see the PHIP webpage at