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Chemung and Steuben Counties Update Health Priorities

Chemung and Steuben Counties Update Health Priorities

The Chemung County Health Department, Arnot Health, and the Health Priorities Partnership have updated their Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to address the health priorities of our community. Chemung County chose to focus on the following priorities and area of disparity:

Priority Area 1: Prevent Chronic Diseases by reducing illness, disability, and death related to hypertension, tobacco use and second hand smoke, and obesity in adults and children.
Priority Area 2: Promote Mental Health and Prevent Substance Abuse by working to prevent non-medical prescription opioid use and overdose.
Chemung County also chose to address the following disparity: Under the Prevent Chronic Disease priority area, Chemung County will work on decreasing the percentage of low income individuals who use tobacco.

This update included examining current data, conducting focus groups throughout the community, seeking input from local providers and stakeholders, and soliciting the opinions of the public. The process was facilitated by the S2AY Rural Health Network. 

The Health Priorities Partnership, a multi-disciplinary group of community organizations, will work together to address these health priorities. All are welcome at Health Priorities Partnership meetings to help work on improving the health of our community. The next meeting is February 14, 2017. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every other month at 9:30 am at the Chemung County Health Department. Please call 607-737-2856 for more information.

The updated CHA/CHIP can be found on the Chemung County Health Department website or on Arnot Health’s website at /community-service-plans.

These efforts help further the mission of the Chemung County Health Department which is to:

  • Promote and respond to our community's health needs,
  • Demonstrate teamwork through open communication, support, respect and accountability and
  • Provide efficient, courteous, professional service fairly and consistently.

We encourage community members to attend the meetings and become part of our efforts to improve the health of our residents.

The Smart Steuben Partnership comprised of the Steuben County Public Health Department, Corning Hospital, St. James Mercy Hospital, Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital and other area health organizations has completed their 2016-2018 Community Health Assessment.   As a result of the health needs assessment, Smart Steuben selected the following health priority goals:

Health Priority Goal  1. Prevent Chronic Disease

  •  Focus Area 1: Reduce Obesity in Children and Adults
  • Focus Area 2: Reduce Illness, Disability and death related to Tobacco use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure
  • Focus Area 3: Increase Access to high Quality Chronic Disease Preventive Care and Management in both Clinical and Community Settings

Health Priority Goal 2: Promote Healthy Women, Infants, and Children

  • Focus Are 1: Maternal and Infant Health


  •  Increase the number of low socioeconomic status (SES) worksites implementing healthy worksite policies.
  • Increase the number of municipalities that restrict tobacco marketing to youth and the density/proximity of tobacco retailers to schools. 
  • Decrease smoking rates in the low –SES population by increasing the number of low income housing facilities to implement smoke- free policies.
  • Decrease chronic disease in the low-SES population by implementing a Community Health Worker Program.

A community health improvement plan (CHIP) has been developed utilizing evidence-based initiatives.    The full assessment and CHIP can be found on Arnot Health’s  website page at and Steuben County Public Health Department’s website

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