November 2016
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

Jack Salo, Executive Director

National Rural Health Day was observed on November 17, 2016.  

"Nearly 62 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique healthcare needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November - November 17th, 2016 - to celebrate National Rural Health Day." 

The Rural Health Network of SCNY appreciates this opportunity to celebrate the great work that is being done in rural health and to bring awareness of the continuing challenges to improve the health and well-being of rural people and communities across the country. Here in New York State we are fortunate to have over thirty rural health networks that work at the community level to improve health and healthcare. The rural health networks are provided important support through the NYS Office of Rural Health.
So how can you learn more about rural health issues, policy and best practices? Here are some resources that we have found helpful in our work:
Jack Salo
Executive Director
   Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap

Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap was held on Wednesday, October 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton, NY. 

The conference brought together nearly 250 healthcare practitioners, transportation providers, community organizations, philanthropic organizations, elected officials, governmental service providers, mobility managers, and others interested in the challenges and best practices related to transportation and healthcare access.  

Workshop presentation materials and other resources distributed at the conference are now available on our website
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Skye Cornell, Chief Programs Officer, Wholesome Wave

Food and Health Network of SCNY and VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments presented a half-day workshop with Wholesome Wave and their work with Fruit and Veggie Prescription Programs on Thursday, November 17th.

The workshop engaged healthcare providers, registered dietitians, hospital systems. insurance companies, community-based organizations, and people working on DSRIP Medicaid reform projects. To find out more about efforts to introduce a Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program in our area, contact Erin Summerlee , FaHN Director.  

You can also read an article WSKG published after the event.
Have you heard about Giving Tuesday? 

Save the Date! November 29th the Rural Health Network of South Central New York is participating in #GivingTuesday! This global day of giving harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Held on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the event kicks off the holiday giving season, and inspires people to improve their local communities and give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

Throughout weeks leading up to November 29th, Rural Health Network will be celebrating #GivingTuesday by sharing some of the ways that RHN and its programs give back to the community. Like us on Facebook to learn about the things RHN has been up to, and to learn how you can help!  If you'd like to support our work on Giving Tuesday or any other day, visit our donation page.  

Curious to know more about #GivingTuesday? Check out their website here:

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AmeriCorps members participate in a service project during the 2016 Kickoff meeting in Albany on November 15th. 

On Tuesday, November 15th, AmeriCorps members from RHSC and across New York State attended the 2016 AmeriCorps Kickoff in Albany. More than 30 programs  gathered to officially start the AmeriCorps term and participate in service projects related to Verizon's HopeLine (which collects old cell phones and accessories to assist survivors of domestic abuse) and t-shirt quilt making. Members were sworn into service and heard from past and current AmeriCorps members, community leaders, and the Mayor of Albany.

Part- and full-time AmeriCorps positions are still available for the 2016-2017 term! Open positions include: Program Assistant with CHOW, Cortland Hunger Coalition AmeriCorps Associate with CAPCO, Connection to Care Advocate with Mobility Management, Community Nutrition Coordinator with Delaware Opportunities, and more! Learn more and apply now at
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Type 2 diabetes has risk factors including: age, heredity, ethnicity, lifestyle, weight, physical inactivity, and pregnancy history. As we age, our risk increases. Individuals born of Native- American, African-American, or Hispanic dissent are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Our body mass index (BMI) of 25 and over, if we birthed a baby weighing 9 pounds or more, or if we had a gestational diabetes diagnosis during any pregnancies also increases our chances of developing Type 2 diabetes during our lifetime. 

Adults can prevent diabetes by modifying behaviors: increasing physical activity, reducing intake of high calories and high fat foods, increasing daily fiber, ceasing smoking, controlling blood pressure/cholesterol levels/weight. Promoting these same healthy habits in youth can also reduce onset of type 2 diabetes. 

Do you know your risk score?
During November, please click on this link for a self-risk assessment.

Call for action:
1) take a self- risk test and calculate your score, 9 or > is diabetes potential
2) use this tool as a conversation starter with your primary care provider
3) ask your provider to order an A1C test to monitor your blood sugar levels (5.7 - 6.4 Pre-Diabetes, > 6.4 Diabetes)
4) contact the Rural Health Network SCNY 607 692-7669 about our Living Healthy classes to learn how to manage your risk factors, or for access to primary care or health insurance.
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