The Advancing Prevention Project offers the following services to local health departments:
One-on-One Technical AssistanceLocal Health Department staff working on the Prevention Agenda implementation can schedule one –on-one technical assistance with NYAM staff and state experts. On these calls, participants can expect to receive information, resources, and referrals to technical experts. Follow-up calls may be scheduled with NYAM staff or arranged with a technical expert. A limited number of counties can also receive on-site technical assistance. Contact us for more information!
Learning CollaborativesLearning Collaboratives provide the opportunity for participants to work together across counties on specific intervention strategies from the New York State Prevention Agenda. Each Collaborative will meet up to three times per year in small teams. Meetings will occur via GoToMeeting, which allows for videoconferencing, and will include presentations or discussion with content experts. Local health departments can invite their partners onto relevant meetings.
WebinarsNYAM works with statewide partners like NYSACHO and HANYS to provide learning and networking opportunities through online webinars. Previous webinars can be found by topic in resources. Future webinars from APP and our partners are posted on the Events page and e-alerts provided to all local health departments.
Highlights from Our Work
The New York Academy of Medicine has been providing One-on-One Technical Assistance to counties across New York State. Highlighted below are some of the successes of our technical assistance:Breastfeeding Community of Practice Resource Page you can find recordings of prior sessions, presentation slides, and other resources for the Breastfeeding Community of Practice Teams. This page is password-secured to protect the privacy of our local health department practitioners. If you would like access to the page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission to access.
Mental Health & Substance Abuse WebinarsImplementing a Comprehensive Approach to Suicide Prevention to Support the NYS Prevention Agenda
“This was one of the most useful webinars I have attended in quite some time. Re-energized to work with our local suicide coalition and hospital on this issue.”Throughout New York State, and nationally, suicide is a growing concern, particularly among college students. APP saw an opportunity to address the issue from a population level, and reached out to experts from the Suicide Prevention Center of NYS and local practitioners to present a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.
“Helped me sort out what a LHD can do as a member of the local suicide coalition.”Participants were introduced to Zero Suicide, a national and statewide model, and learned about several interventions carried out by public health practitioners in a hospital, including creating a multi-disciplinary task force, reducing access to lethal means, and implementing the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale. The webinar also included an overview of the prevalence, risk and protective factors of suicide, and an outline of training resources in NYS.
Building Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive and Resilient CommunitiesBuilding Trauma-Informed, Trauma-Sensitive and Resilient Communities
“Relevant information. Presenters were very knowledgeable with extensive experience. Information was relayed in organized fashion.”Trauma and resiliency experts agree that creating informed and prepared communities is a first step to preventing future trauma, or traumatic triggering. To address these issues, APP brought together representatives from the NYS Office of Mental Health, Coordinated Care Services, Inc., and a developmental primary care physician to describe a variety of trauma-informed interventions in formative settings such as primary care and schools.
“Great info was presented and has given me new ideas for our community.”Presenters discussed models designed for school transformation, pediatric practice transformation, broader community transformation, and building resiliency. The webinar also included technical assistance resources available for NYS local health departments interested in addressing trauma and resiliency as part of their prevention agenda activities.
Chronic Disease Technical AssistanceMontgomery County Department of Health
“Alyssa was wonderful”The Montgomery Health Department wanted to develop and analyze healthy foods and snacks to change vending machines at a municipal level, but knew it would be an additional demand on already limited time. So they turned to the Advancing Prevention Project for help.
Our nutrition technical expert, Alyssa Moran, worked with staff at the Health Department to implement nutrition standards for food and beverage vending machines in municipal buildings and hospitals. Ms. Moran helped the staff:
• Select appropriate nutrition standards for their machines,
• Reviewed product lists from potential vendors, highlighting items meeting nutrition standards,
• Created vending machine plan-o-grams that the staff could share with their vendors, indicating how the new machines should be stocked.
Kim Conboy from Montgomery Health Department said our technical expert, Alyssa Moran “was able to do the analysis much more quickly than we could, which meant we could keep the ball rolling on making the case for healthy snacks and keeping the county executive and vendor engaged in the process” and “Alyssa was wonderful”.
Orange County Department of Health
“Flexible and attentive technical assistance”Before reaching out to APP, Orange Health Department had difficulties tracking their cases as part of the Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC). The case notes and forms that they used to capture data were “not capturing everything [they] wanted to catch and difficult to analyze”.
“Integral part of managing the program”Our evaluation technical expert, Linda Weiss, worked with the Orange County Department of Health, Maternal and Infant Community Health Collaborative (MICHC) to develop data management systems to:
• Accurately and efficiently capture and manage data in order to track and document service delivery,
• Respond to the requirements and data systems of the State Department of Health, when those become available.
The “flexible and attentive” technical assistance that Orange County Health Department received from Linda resulted in a data management system that accurately captures data and is “easy to use for the Community Health Workers who are using the database”. The Orange County Health Department said they are “very satisfied” with the TA they received from APP, and it has been an “integral part of managing the program”.