March 2018
Rural Matters
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Sharing Great News
Good news from the Food & Health Network! After a successful pilot year FaHN will be expanding our Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) to reach even more participants across three counties thanks to funding through Care Compass Network Innovation Fund awards. The expanded program will continue to work with primary care practices, and partner with RHN's Community Health Workers and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program to reach even more participants. We're also excited to be expanding our work to support community food projects involving volunteers through another round of NYS Volunteer Generation Fund. Stay tuned for more updates on both of these programs throughout the year!  

Farm to School - March New York Thursday Menu

The NY Thursdays Farm to School Menu includes a Cheeseburger made with NYS beef, roasted Beets & Carrots from Main Street Farms, Oven Roasted Potatoes from Headwater Food Hub, a fresh Apple from Russell Farms, and Low Fat Milk from Byrne Dairy.

Upcoming Event - Save the Date

Growing Health Forum on SNAP & Health in the 2018 Farm Bill. 
April 11th - 10am
Hosted by the Food and Health Network and Food Bank of the Southern Tier, with sponsorship support from CCE-Broome.
Location: CCE-Broome, Agriculture Development Center, 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY

For more information, email Erin Summerlee or watch the Food and Health Network Facebook page for registration details.  
Rural Health Policy & Advocacy Resources
Many of you saw Rural Health Network SCNY's advocacy outreach over the past few weeks regarding Governor Cuomo's proposed  2018-2019 budget, which includes a 20% funding cut to rural health and prevention programs. This proposed reduction in funding is in addition to the 21% cut that was implemented, last year. 

We reached out to you through our organizational  Newsletter, our  Mobility Management SCNY program, our  Food and Health Network SCNY program, and through email. We posted on our social media sites and our  website, as well.  Please take five minutes today to watch a video we developed that illustrates the impacts of a nearly 40% cut over two years on core funding from the New York State Health Department.  

Visit our Rural Action webpage to view the video and learn how you can take steps to keep these resources in our NY rural communities and protect rural health.

We would like to thank you all for your attention to this potentially disastrous proposal. For those of you who forwarded our messages, sent letters, contacted your elected officials, and responded to us to show your support, we thank you! To those who acknowledge the importance of making our voices heard on behalf of the people and communities we serve, we appreciate you!

Assemblyman Christopher Friend met with Jack Salo, Executive Director RHNSCNY and Kristin Pullyblank, Supervisor of the Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego, and Montgomery counties in Albany on February 13th. 

In addition to reaching out to all of you, we were busy! Over the past few weeks, we visited Albany and met with Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and Assemblyman Christopher Friend, and we met in Binghamton with Senator Fred Akshar and Assemblyman Clifford Crouch. The value of this level of advocacy cannot be understated, and we realize how lucky we are to be able to contact and meet with our elected officials and request their support. 

The deadline for the Senate and Assembly one-house budgets is  March 15. Please be on the lookout for more information as we learn the outcomes of NY State budget discussions. 
Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) seeks a full-time Mobility Management Transportation Advocate (MMTA) to work in Mobility Management of South Central New York's (MMSCNY) GetThere Call Center, a one-stop transportation assistance center, providing case management, information and referral services, trip planning, travel training, and transportation education services. View the full post hereApplication Deadline is March 21, 2018.

PHIPPopulation Health Improvement Program Update
Community Network Workplace Wellness Toolkit
Those living with Mental Health or Substance Use diagnoses often face uncertainties about how best to communicate their needs. It may prevent them from seeking help from co-workers, friends, and even family. With a majority of the population spending one-third of their day at the office, the Healthlink NY Community Network saw an important opportunity to partner with employers, to provide essential resources for improved wellness of residents throughout the Southern Tier. Preview our Mental Health Workplace Wellness Toolkit.  

Why it's good for business
Studies have found that a mentally healthy workforce is linked to: 
                Happier Employees          Accident Reduction
                Lower Medical Costs        Lower Absenteeism
                Higher Productivity           Lower Presenteeism
                Lower Sick Pay Costs      Higher Business Performance

How you can help
1) visit to download a copy of the Workplace Wellness Toolkit
2) Contact your Population Health Coordinator to schedule a time to meet and discuss the best way to implement the most valuable Toolkit components into your workplace. 
3) Work alongside your Population Health Coordinator to begin a path to a health workforce in your county. 

Mary Maruscak - Tioga County                  Evan Heaney - Delaware County
Jamie Hagenbuch - Chenango County      John Mazzello - Tompkins County
Jo DiFulvio - Broome County                      Phillip Ginter - Healthlink NY

As we move into March, most of our AmeriCorps members have settled into their positions, and have started to have measurable impact on their communities. They have also continued to improve upon their professional development, with members Cristina Quinn (Promise Zone), Carol Youngs (Cortland Area Communities That Care), Helen Frazer (Southern Tier AIDS Program), and Lexi Lyons (Southern Tier AIDS Program) attending MHAST's Mental Health First Aid training. 

RHSC still has part-time positions available at Rural Health Network, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and United Way of Broome County. We will also have full-time VISTA positions starting over the summer with Rural Health Network, Chemung County Habitat for Humanity, Promise Zone, and Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs. For more information about these positions, please click here . Also, stay tuned for news on upcoming summer positions focused on food security in Binghamton and Elmira! 
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