Chronic Disease & New York State

Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in New York State.  The New York State Department of Health reports that six out of ten deaths are due to chronic diseases and 41% of New York adults ages 35-64 have at least one chronic disease.

Chronic disease is also costly.  More than seventy-five percent of health care spending goes towards treating patients with chronic diseases, increasing health care costs for everyone.

Most chronic disease is preventable and manageable.  DASH-NY promotes policy interventions that will prevent chronic disease on a population level.  Take a look at our Policy Priorities to see how!