Health Planning Council Community Initiatives

Past and present community collaborative initiatives led by the Health Planning Council, a program of the Human Services Coalition.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Heart shaped bowl of fruitThe Health Planning Council supports a variety of local wellness initiatives that are in tandem with its mission to improve health in Tompkins County. This commitment is fulfilled in the Healthy & Active Workshops for Chronic Disease, Diabetes Self-Management workshops, and support for Tompkins County Health Promotion Program initiatives.

Long Term Care

Health care worker helping an elderly man

The Long Term Care (LTC) Committee of the Health Planning Council meets quarterly. Membership includes consumers, caregivers, health care professionals, health care organizations, residential facilities, advocacy groups, local government departments, educational institutions, community agencies, aging and human service providers, and providers of long term care services.


Sharing Your Wishes

Senior woman with her caregiver at homeSharing Your Wishes is a local coalition of organizations and individuals that encourage and assist individuals over 18 years old to plan their health care wishes in advance in the event that they experience an illness or condition that prevents them from making or communicating their wishes. Planning in advance is the best way to ensure their choices are known, understood, and honored.

Discharge Planning Group

road sign with image of car and person with text This workgroup is composed of care transition professionals who improve care coordination and protocols for patients and caregivers at discharge and afterwards. This group is the lead convener for the discharge planning goal of the Ithaca/Tompkins County Age-Friendly Action Plan, spearheaded by the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. One example workgroup initiative is the Discharge Planning Care Coordination List.  For more information contact Beverly Chin at

Community Worksite Wellness

Laptop searching for wellbeingWith funding provided through the Creating Healthy Places initiative representatives from local employers with active or budding worksite wellness programs came together in 2015 to form the Tompkins County Worksite Wellness Coalition. The Coalition promotes wellness programs and healthy living as an added value that improves workplace culture. The Coalition gives worksite wellness advocates and coordinators a place to share the ideas, resources, and best practices necessary to build and sustain programs that engage employees.

Falls Prevention

People exercising to prevent fallsThe Tompkins County Falls Prevention Coalition is led by the Health Planning Council of the Human Services Coalition in cooperation with Finger Lakes Independence Center, Lifelong, Tompkins County Office for the Aging, Tompkins County Dept. of Emergency Response, and Visiting Nurse Service of Ithaca and Tompkins County. The Step Up to Stop Falls tool kit has a variety of resources for older adults, their caregivers and health care professionals who work with older adults.

Urgent Rx

The Urgent Rx program provides emergency prescriptions for patients who are without health insurance.The Urgent Rx Prescription Program is supported by the United Way of Tompkins County and provides free prescriptions and outreach to people without insurance who have an urgent health need and receive care at participating sites. Health Planning Council staff and volunteers coordinate the program, work with participating medical and pharmacy sites, track program usage, and follow up with clients.

Creating Healthy Places

Young Woman Hula Hooping at Streets Alive.Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work & Play (CHP) was a N.Y.S. Department of Health (NYSDOH) grant-funded initiative to reduce obesity and type-2 diabetes by improving community-wide access to physical activity and nutritious foods. Over the 5-year grant period, The Human Services Coalition and its partners worked in targeted communities to promote the use of parks and trails, increase development of community gardens, improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and educate community members. Facets of the project, such as the popular Streets Alive! event, have since been adopted into various other local agencies.