Population Health Improvement Program

Interlocking gray and blue circles and the healthlinkny Community Network name

The Health Planning Council of the Human Services Coalition is one of the lead organizations participating in the Southern Tier’s Population Health Improvement Program, also known as the HealthlinkNY Community Network. Visit the full Community Network website.

The HealthlinkNY Community Network is a New York State Department of Health initiative aimed at improving population health and reducing healthcare disparities throughout the five counties of the Southern Tier region (Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Counties, in addition to Tompkins). Through this initiative, we convene stakeholders from across the region to identify, share and disseminate best practices and strategies to improve health outcomes across the region. The HealthlinkNY Community Network provides a neutral forum for local stakeholders to meet and accomplish these goals.

Current Initiatives

For 2017, the Southern Tier Population Health Improvement Program has identified multiple focus areas:

Transportation Pilot Project: We are working with primary care provider practices in each of our five regional counties to develop a transportation vulnerability questionnaire, survey patients and collect data on transportation needs, and provide mobility management (transportation and travel assistance) and other supports to address patient needs. In Tompkins County, mobility management support is provided by 211 Tompkins/Cortland, a program of the Human Services Coalition. This pilot is designed to collect valuable data around the scope and characteristics of health-related transportation needs and to establish models for better integration of clinical sites with community-based resources. 

Workplace Wellness Mental Health Toolkit Pilot Program: Many employers are unsure where to start in offering workplace wellness and other supports for employees around mental health needs. We are creating a toolkit to assist with the incorporation of mental health initiatives into workplace wellness programs, for employers of all sizes. This tool will guide participating organizations in how to reduce the stigma associated with mental health needs and help-seeking, while demonstrating employer dedication to fostering a healthy, happy and inclusive workplace. In 2017, we are looking for pilot site employers to test and review the toolkit, assisting us in making enhancements to the materials before they are released in 2018. Contact us to learn more about signing up.

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building: The statewide charge for all Population Health Improvement Program regions is to provide technical assistance and capacity building support for community partners, especially around the issues of health disparities, health equity and health-related data analysis. For example, the Human Services Coalition has supported the Tompkins County Health Department in the most recent revision of its Community Health Improvement Plan. For details on technical assistance, please contact us.

For more information on the Population Health Improvement Program, contact:
John Mazzello, Tompkins County Population Health Coordinator, 607.273.8686