The Advancing Prevention Project

The Advancing Prevention Project (APP) is a one-of-a-kind training and technical assistance program, offered by the New York Academy of Medicine and funded by the New York State Health Foundation. As an advocacy and research organization, The Academy is uniquely positioned to provide this evidenced-based, practical support.

APP learning collaboratives offer participants peer-to-peer educational opportunities and technical support that is customized to the specific and changing needs of local health departments (LHDs) in New York State. Guided by a mission to make New York the healthiest state, APP offers a tailored mix of virtual meetings, curated resources based on the latest evidence, and one-on-one technical assistance sessions with policy implementation experts who have “boots on the ground” expertise.

The NYS Prevention Agenda 2013-2018 is New York State’s innovative blueprint for mobilizing public and private sector resources toward improving population health and reducing health disparities. APP supports local-level implementation of the New York State Prevention Agenda goals by building the capacity of LHDs and hospitals to carry out their Prevention Agenda plans.

About The New York Academy of Medicine

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At The New York Academy of Medicine, we are dedicated to advancing the health and well-being of people living in cities. We do this through our Institute for Urban Health, home of interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy, and program initiatives; our world class historical library of medicine and public health and its active programming in history, the humanities, and the arts; and our Fellows a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health.


We approach our current priorities of healthy aging, disease prevention, and eliminating health disparities—all critical issues of our time—with a deep and long-standing commitment to understanding the complex factors that determine health in cities. Since our founding in 1847, The Academy has a legacy of over 160 years of pioneering progress in urban health—making a lasting impact on health in New York City and beyond.

Meet Our Advancing Prevention Project Staff Members:

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    Diane Kolack | Policy Associate

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    Michele Calvo | Deputy Director, Drug Policy & Criminal Justice Reform

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    Ellie DeGarmo | Junior Policy Associate