We work with our community to coordinate programs that improve health care quality, access, and service delivery in the North Country/Adirondack region.
We enjoy positive health trends in our region:
- Outdoor air quality tends to be considerably better than the rest of the state;
- Rates of newly diagnosed HIV cases are low;
- Maternal and infant health indicators such as birth weight and breastfeeding meet or exceed benchmarks.
Regional Community Health Assessment Reports illustrate that the North Country faces exceptional challenges:
- Low rates of college education;
- Low household income;
- High unemployment rates;
- High disability rates;
- High rates of poverty.
These social determinants affect health care:
- Smoking and obesity rates are high;
- Access to physicians and dentists is challenging;
- Cancer is the leading cause of premature death;
- Mental and substance abuse affects more than 30 percent of the Medicaid population.
How do we address these issues?
We take a regional approach:
- Promote population health best practices and implementation strategies;
- Manage programs that fund health advancement;
- Ensure individuals have access to care.
- Operate programs and initiatives designed to help communities make their neighborhoods healthy places to live and work.
See About Us to learn more.