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National Public Health Improvement Initiative

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Awardee Points of Contact

Principal Investigator
Pasty Yang, DrPH
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
42-09 28th St., 8th Flr.
Long Island City, NY 11101-4132
347-396-4005

Performance Improvement Manager
Jobin Abraham
347-396-4119

CDC Points of Contact

Performance Officer
Sandra Cashman
404-498-0407

Grants Management Specialist
Shicann Phillips

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Jurisdiction: Local
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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

2013 Funding (Year 4)

  • Amount of funding: $1,037,858
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Expand community health assessment and strategic planning activities
    • Launch Take Care New York (New York City’s community health improvement plan) and engage partners in interventions
    • Expand data modules and enhance interface of its online data dissemination tool (EpiQuery)
    • Strengthen public health surveillance and program monitoring via enhanced data systems linkage  
    • Improve health services reporting systems and performance evaluation of contracted healthcare providers

2012 Funding (Year 3)

  • Amount of funding: $1,093,621
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Assess public health accreditation readiness
    • Expand and broaden EpiQuery, a web-based interactive data dissemination tool
    • Enhance data systems to improve the quality of public health surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of health programs
    • Continue to develop health services reporting systems to improve oversight of contracted healthcare providers
    • Develop and promote Take Care New York 2016, the city’s community health improvement plan

2011 Funding (Year 2)

  • Amount of funding: $1,093,662
  • Description of Project
    Awardee will:
    • Develop a performance portal and executive dashboard for the new performance management platform through engagement with technical consultants for requirement gathering, system configuration and development, and training
    • Improve the department's ability to promote healthy eating, reduce underage drinking, and reduce tobacco use through enhancement of workforce and policy development infrastructure by engaging with consultants to survey the advertising of alcohol, tobacco, and sugar-sweetened beverages in targeted New York City neighborhoods and expand the effective public awareness campaign "Excessive Drinking is Dangerous," as well as by using graduate interns to establish a baseline on how retail food items are displayed and sold and overlay neighborhood results with selected health outcomes
    • Identify new metrics for holding contractors accountable to their obligations through the creation of additional tools, such as new procedures and improved contract language, through engagement with consultants to review performance standards and establish metrics that will be reflected in new procedures for program review and by engaging with a contract lawyer to draft boilerplate language for service contracts reflecting the new procedures
    • Improve the existing data management infrastructure to enhance queries of health-oriented data sets, publish public health epidemiology results and analysis, and improve sampling practices by procuring additional hardware and software, engaging technical consultants to install and configure the new systems, developing a prototype web-based data access tool for reporting and query results, and increasing cell phone-only users included in the 2011 Community Health survey sample

2010 Funding (Year 1)

Component I

  • Amount of funding: $400,000
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will:
    • Focus on building, institutionalizing, and implementing performance management capacity within health departments
    • Support full-time "Performance Improvement Manager" who will participate in a national network of performance improvement professionals supported by CDC

Component II

  • Amount of funding: $1,660,128
  • Description of Project:
    Awardee will enhance public health improvement efforts beyond Component I through two or more categories including: performance management, policy and workforce development, public health system development/redevelopment and best practice implementation.

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