September 2016
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

   Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap

Rural Health Network of SCNY and the Community Foundation for SCNY present Getting There - A Conference on Bridging the Transportation and Healthcare Gap. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Binghamton, NY. 

The conference is designed for healthcare practitioners, transportation providers, community leaders, philanthropic organizations, elected officials, governmental service providers, health insurance companies, and others interested in the challenges and best practices related to transportation and healthcare access.  

View the full event schedule and then register for the conference.  Registration deadline is October 19th.
Call to Action: Please Provide Your Input!
Rural Health Network of South Central New York consistently strives to meet our mission of improving the health and well-being of rural people and communities. To take the next step in achieving this goal, we are in the process of developing a formal Advocacy Plan for the 2017 calendar year.

As we narrow down our areas of advocacy focus, we ask that you, the readership of our newsletter, share your perspectives via this brief survey. As the leaders in rural health and human services in our region, we highly value your input to determine the direction of this plan.

We ask that all responses be submitted by Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Hotchkiss or Mary Maruscak for clarification.

A free Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) six-week workshop series begins on Thursday, September 29, 2016. The workshops will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for six consecutive Thursdays (beginning on September 29), at Tioga Opportunities, Inc., in Owego. Pre-registration for the workshop series is required. Contact Donna at Rural Health Network of SCNY by calling 607-692-7669 for more details, to register, or to receive fliers via email for future classes. CDSMP is open to individuals with any chronic condition and/or their caregiver. Medicaid members are eligible for a $30 gift card based on attendance requirements. View the workshop flyer for more details.

Recruitment Message
The first half of September has been an eventful time for Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC). We had twelve new full-time members start on September 1st at sites such as CHOW, Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network, Lourdes Hope Dispensary, SUNY Upstate, Rural Health Network, VINES, and United Way! On Day of Caring (September 9th), these new members, along with our remaining 2015-2016 members, spent the afternoon at the CHOW Farm, where members cut through undergrowth, cleared away fencing, shelled peas, and washed vegetables. 

There are still RHSC positions available for the 2016-2017 term, including a VISTA position with Delaware Connects, which would involve recruiting and managing volunteers in Delaware County to support older adults and people with disabilities. To learn more about RHSC and our available positions,  please visit: . or contact Haley Desilet.

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