Department of Health Awards Funds for Population Health Activities to Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC)
December 12, 2014
NEW YORK – The New York State Department of Health awarded a total of $26.5 million to support population health efforts. The Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) award for Long Island was granted to the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC) and to Taconic Health Information Network and Community, Inc. (THINC) in the Hudson Valley.
These two regions are served by the Suburban Hospital Alliance of New York State, of which NSHC is a member. Both organizations will receive awards of $2.4 million each, payable over two years. The PHIP contractors are charged with advancing the state’s Triple Aim (better health care, better access, and lower health care costs) in support of the state’s two health improvement programs, the Prevention Agenda and the State Health Innovation Plan (SHIP).
The Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council coordinates the Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC), which formed in February 2013. LIHC is a diverse group of healthcare providers, community-based social and human services organizations, academic institutions, the two county health departments on Long Island, behavioral health providers, health plans and unions, and patient advocacy organizations, among others. LIHC’s work focuses on chronic disease prevention and treatment, with an emphasis on reducing obesity in adults and children. It will also address the need for better coordinated mental health/substance abuse treatment and prevention services. This award provides the collaborative with the resources it needs to bring the group’s work to the next level.
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