The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), the longest-running program of AHI, originating in 1992, provides a forum for public health leaders, community health centers, hospitals, behavioral health organizations, emergency medical services and other community-based organizations to assess regional population health needs and develop collaborative responses to priorities. As a multi-stakeholder regional coalition, ARHN informs on planning assessment, provides education and training to further the NYS DOH Prevention Agenda and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, and offers other resources that support the development of the regional health care system.
The ARHN hosts quarterly meetings. Health care professionals and other stakeholders from Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Warren and Washington counties are welcome to attend. Please contact us at 518.480.0111, ext. 317 to be added to our invitation list.
New York State Prevention Agenda
The New York State Department of Health Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 is a blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers. It guides regional health planning activities and resources. This is integral to ARHN initiatives which support activities related to the NYS DOH Prevention Agenda 2013-2018.
Community Health Assessment (CHA) Committee
The ARHN Community Health Assessment (CHA) Committee is made up of representatives from twelve hospitals and local public health departments from seven counties who contract each year with the ARHN/AHI for community health assessment services. Representatives from Adirondack Health, , Essex County Public Health, Franklin County Public Health, Fulton County Public Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Hamilton County Public Health, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home, UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center, UVM Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, UVM Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Warren County Health Services and Washington County Health Services are all committee members. Since 2002, the ARHN has coordinated this multi-county, regional stakeholder committee to support community health planning and assessment, including capacity development, provision of decision-making resources/tools and leveraging collaborative partnerships/resources to address identified regional priorities.
ARHN 2018 Regional Prevention Agenda Projects
The Adirondack Rural Health Network (ARHN), a program of AHI, works in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Warren, and Washington counties adding value to the regional health care system by furthering the NYS Prevention Agenda and DSRIP.
For the fourth year in a row, ARHN has partnered with public health departments and hospitals on projects to address health inequalities in New York State as outlined in the NYS Prevention Agenda. This year’s projects focused on two priority areas.
Prevent Chronic Disease Priority Area
• Essex County Health Department provided breastfeeding mothers with support and education through home visits, instructing them on effective pumping methods and positive benefits of breastfeeding.
• Franklin County Public Health purchased children’s bicycle helmets to distribute at bicycle safety rodeo events in Malone, Brushton, Chateaugay, and Tupper Lake.
• Glens Falls Hospital will host a Complete Streets Demonstration Day in the Town of Granville. The event will feature new, enhanced crosswalks, pedestrian signage, curb cuts, shoulder striping, and a speed feedback sign to raise awareness of traffic and pedestrian safety techniques.
• Nathan Littauer Hospital started the Advance Radical Randy Asthma Program, which utilizes a virtual child-sized doll named Randy that can educate children on asthma, so they can take an active role in their own health. Randy will also be utilized as an education tool at numerous community events, health fairs and school wellness days in Fulton and Montgomery counties.
• Warren County Public Health created a GIS mapping brochure, both on traditional paper and an online version, to highlight the recreational opportunities and resources available in the area, including local parks, trails, playgrounds, and open public spaces in Warren County.
Promote Healthy Women, Infants, and Children Priority Area
• Clinton County Health Department purchased breastfeeding supplies and resources to make breastfeeding more accessible for nursing mothers who are returning to work.
Regional Health Assessment Reports
Adirondack Rural Health Network Community Health Assessment
Community Service Plans from our Hospital Partners
- Adirondack Health
- Glens Falls Hospital
- Moses Ludington Hospital & Inter-Lakes Health
- Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home
- University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center
- University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital
- University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital
Community Health Improvement Plans from our Public Health Partners
- Clinton County Health Department
- Essex County Health Department
- Franklin County Public Health
- Fulton County Public Health
- Hamilton County Public Health
- Warren County Health Services
- Washington County Public Health
The New York State Community Action Association has created a needs assessment tool which could provide assistance in the development of the Community Needs Assessment. This tool is a compilation of information from multiple state and federal resources and compiled into a single report on the county level.
- Visit the New York State Community Action Association website.
- Access the NYSCAA Community Needs Assessment Support Tool.
County and State Profiles
- Clinton County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Essex County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Franklin County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Fulton County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Hamilton County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Warren County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- Washington County NYSCAA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
- New York State NYSCA Poverty Report Data Snapshot
The New York State Health Workforce Planning Data Guide from the Center for Health Workforce Studies provides demographic, education, health, and workforce data.
Grant Writing Resources
ARHN-Hosted Grant Assistance Webinar Series
- Introduction to the Evaluation Planning Process for Grants Webinar
- Using Data to Strengthen Grant Proposals
ARHN Suggested Grant Writing Assistance Websites
- HealthyADK – a regional population health and socio-economic indicators resource portal maintained by AHI in collaboration with community organizations and agencies.
- Rural Health Information Hub – Topic Guides
- Rural Health Information Hub – Rural Grant Writing FAQs
- Rural Health Information Hub – Rural Grant Writing Websites and Tools
Evidence-Based Strategies and Resources
- Clinical eCompanion Webinar – The ARHN facilitated a webinar, Health Information Resources for Clinical Practice, prepared by the Mid-Atlantic Region’s National Library of Medicine. The Clinical eCompanion tool provides evidence-based and point-of-care resource information for primary care professionals.
- County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – Information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes.
- HealthyADK – A database of documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life.
- MedicinePlus – A database of health information, tutorials, and best practices.
- National Institutes of Health – A list of evidence-based services, programs, and best practices.
- National Library of Medicine – The world’s largest library of medical information.
- New York State Department of Health – Evidence-based public health resources to improve community health.
- Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) – Resources for rural health evidence-based interventions. View their YouTube video for an overview of available resources.
- SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) – A voluntary rating and classification system designed to provide the public with reliable information on the scientific basis and practicality of interventions that prevent and/or treat mental and substance use disorders.
- Trauma Informed Care is a responsive approach to providing care for individuals who have experienced trauma. The approaches incorporate compassion, flexibility, collaboration, active listening and self-care. Watch our two-part video: