Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced Dutchess County Department of Health has been awarded $100,000 to participate in a regional health care planning and development project in partnership with neighboring Hudson Valley counties through the Hudson Valley Region Health Officials’ Network. The grant is funded through a New York State Department of Health program – the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) Phase 9. The goal is to better deliver health care services and align care resources in local communities.
“By working together in regional partnerships with our neighboring counties, we were able to take advantage of this valuable grant that will allow us to examine the health status of our residents and find ways to better match resources to community needs,” County Executive Steinhaus.
The Hudson Valley Region Health Officials’ Network (HVRHON) is made up of seven county departments of health including Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties. HVRHON’s HEAL NY Phase 9 project is designed to stimulate collaborative local health planning efforts. Three critical areas have been identified for this comprehensive analysis:
- Maternal Child Health
- Chronic Disease
- Access to Quality Care
Regional survey tools will be used by all seven counties to carry out detailed assessments of our health care system. Following the surveys of health care providers and consumers, individual focus groups and/or stakeholder meetings will be convened to examine community health needs as well as the barriers to appropriate care, and to identify strategies/models for improving outcomes.
“The outcome of this strategic planning project will guide our regional public health system in meeting the needs of the residents,” said Dutchess County Commissioner of Health Michael C. Caldwell. ”We hope to identify cost effective, community based delivery models of care to improve regional outcomes with respect to exposure to specific risk factors associated with each of the three areas of interest…Maternal Child Health, Chronis Disease and Access to Quality Care,” he added.
At the July 13th board meeting, the Dutchess County Legislature unanimously approved County Executive Steinhaus’ proposal to accept the State funds for the “HEAL 9” grant and authorize the execution of an inter-municipal agreement with Rockland County, whose Department of Health is serving the lead fiscal agency for the grant.