Long Island Health Collaborative
The Long Island Health Collaborative is a partnership of Long Island's hospitals, county health departments, health providers, community-based social and human service organizations, academic institutions, health plans, local government, and the business sector, all engaged in improving the health of Long Islanders.
Collaborative members are committed to improving the health of people living with chronic disease, obesity, and behavioral health conditions in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
So how did this group come to represent the health of 2.8 million people living on Long Island?
Voluntarily, stakeholders from across Long Island - hospitals, health departments, colleges, communities, faith-based organizations, and more - convene to jointly work on Community Health Needs Assessments in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
The two county health departments and the hospitals agree on the same Prevention Agenda priorities: Prevent chronic disease, specifically the reduction of obesity, and increasing access to high-quality preventative care. Both health departments will integrate mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention into initiatives.
This group of stakeholders decides on the name, "Long Island Health Collaborative," and begins to look for solutions to address the Prevention Agenda priorities to improve the health of Long Islanders.
The LIHC helps facilitate federal and state reporting requirements for the local health departments and hospitals. Aligning with Prevention Agenda priorities (without funding) the LIHC focuses on initiatives such as a Recommendation for Walking program, Complete Streets projects, and the Wellness Survey. The original website launches with a press event involving the Deputy State Health Commissioner.
The New York State Department of Health (DOH) introduces the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP). This grant-funding program seeks to convene stakeholders, identify communities' health and fitness needs, reduce health disparities via population health, and support health department initiatives. It's a perfect match for the Long Island Health Collaborative.
The LIHC receives funding through the Population Health Improvement Program on Long Island, and becomes the main working group associated with carrying out the goals of what we call the LIPHIP. Success!
The LIPHIP contract begins and with a comprehensive workplan in place, and the LIHC is off and running. The first task is to invite new members to the Collaborative. It's something we work on every day in the LIHC - see all of our fantastic members here.
The LIHC holds an event to soft launch the Recommendation for Walking Program with the State Health Commissioner, highlighting the first of many successful initiatives geared toward a healthier Long Island population.
As funding begins to reach the Population Health Improvement Programs across the state, the LIPHIP grows in leaps and bounds with new initiatives, new stakeholders, and dedicated staff members.
The launch of www.LIHealthCollab.org allows Long Islanders to engage with LIHC on a broader scale than ever before.
The official start of the LIHC's walking program, "Are You Ready, Feet?"
engages Long Islanders to focus on an easy and inexpensive way to implement healthier lifestyle choices. Online and in real life, local Long Islanders begin to adopt healthier habits.