Community Health Planning Guidance

Local Community Health Planning

Letter and Community Health Planning Guidance and Template for 2022-2024
This cover letter and guidance describes the goals for collaborative planning, and the required elements of a local Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Service Plan for local health departments and hospitals based on the 2019-2024 Prevention Agenda. Please use the blank template to complete the workplan. The Community Health (Needs) Assessment and the completed workplan template must be submitted by December 31, 2022 to
Local Health Department Contacts
Directory of local health department community health assessment and health improvement plan liaison contact information.
New York State Department of Health Public Health Contractors
Map and listing of public health contractors that can support local Prevention Agenda activities.
Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) & PHIP Contacts (PDF)
The New York State Department of Health's Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) will promote the Triple Aim - better care, better population health and lower health care costs - through regional contractors that will convene stakeholders and establish neutral forums for identifying, sharing, disseminating and helping implement best practices and strategies to promote population health and reduce health care disparities in their respective regions. The PHIP will help achieve improvements in population health through stakeholder collaboration, data-driven prioritization, and regional or local strategies for addressing health disparities.
Technical Assistance and Training Resources
Technical assistance and training resources for local health departments, hospitals and community-based organizations is being provided by:
2019 Archive of Community Health Planning Guidance and Template
2016 Archive of Community Health Planning Guidance and Template
2013 Archive of Community Health Planning Guidance and Data

Community Health Data for Assessment and Planning

The data sources below can be used for community health planning and monitoring interventions:

New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard
The New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard is an interactive visual presentation of the Prevention Agenda tracking indicator data at state and county levels. It serves as a key source for monitoring progress that communities around the state have made with regard to meeting the Prevention Agenda 2018 objectives.
Community Health Indicator Reports

This site links the previous Community Health Data Set (CHDS) and Community Health Assessment Indicators (CHAI). Many new indicators have been added to this site. Nearly 300 health-related indicators are now available. State and county trend data are available for the majority of these indicators.

In addition, nearly 20,000 tables, maps and trend graphs of health-related indicators are available for community health assessment and planning.

The top part of this site allows you to access indicator data for all counties in the state by health topic areas. The bottom part of this site provides access to individual county profiles of these health topic areas with direct links to county historical (trend) data.

Other Data Sources for Community Health Assessment and Planning
This list provides data sources that have been used to measure the progress made in the Prevention Agenda 2008-2012 priority areas. They have also been used to gather data and information on the current health status and health related factors (socio-economic status, environment, behaviors) affecting New York State residents. These data sources will be useful for community health assessment and planning.