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November 2013 

Welcome to the first issue of Rural Health Network's quarterly E-newsletter!


Since 1998, the Rural Health Network of South Central New York has worked to advance the health and well-being of rural people and communities throughout Broome, Tioga, and Delaware Counties. As a Network, we work cooperatively with organizations and communities across the region to provide individuals and families with greater access to health care, adequate and reliable transportation, and healthy foods and health information. 


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Navigators in Whitney Point to Assist Rural Individuals and Families to Enroll in Certified Health Plans

The Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHNSCNY) believes that all rural residents should have access to adequate and affordable health care. Staff members at RHNSCNY work with health and human service providers throughout our primary three-county service area and have an extensive knowledge of available services. 


At RHNSCNY, we are working with community partners to ensure that individuals and families are aware of, understand, and can access benefits available to them through the New York State of Health (NYSOH), the official Health Plan Marketplace.


Individuals and families residing in Northern Broome County can now receive enrollment assistance from approved In-Person Assistors (IPAs)/Navigators at our office on Main Street in Whitney Point.  IPAs/Navigators are also available at locations throughout South Central New York. Click here for a listing of current sites where assistance is available or call Rural Health Network at (607) 692-7669.

Please see the table below to find out when Navigators will be at our Whitney Point office.  We encourage people who need enrollment assistance to call the Navigator agencies directly to schedule an appointment at our office. Note that the listings and schedule below is subject to change.  Remember to check the New York State of Health website for other assistance locations.


Navigator Agency
Every Tuesday
9:15 am, 11:15 am and 2 pm
*Mothers & Babies  Perinatal Network of SCNY, Inc.
1- 800-231-0744

First Friday of Month

*Young Invincibles
1- 914-979-1747

*Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network also serves Chemung, Otsego and Delaware Counties.
*Young Invincibles also serves Delaware, Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester Counties.


To learn more about the ways Rural Health Network works to improve health care access for individuals and families across the South Central New York region, click here.

Day of Caring 2013

As part of the Annual Day of Caring on September 13th, 27 members of the Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) participated in service projects with the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW) Farm, Ramp It Up, Jessica's Corner, and Broome County Senior Centers. 


For these Day of Caring service projects, the RHSC program partnered with the United Way of Broome County, Broome County Council of Churches, Catholic Charities of Broome County and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.), and the Broome County Office for Aging.

See additional photos of Rural Health Service Corps members in action on Day of Caring 2013.

Find out more about Day of Caring 2013 and see more photos of volunteer service across Broome County.
Rural Health Service Corps is an AmeriCorps national service program administered by the Rural Health Network of South Central New York.  RHSC provides meaningful service and learning opportunities for people committed to improving the health and lives of those living in South Central New York.


Click on Rural Health Service Corps for more information about the program, current members, open positions, and more!


Connection to Care Offers Transportation Assistance for Non-Emergency Medical Transportation in Rural South Central New York

Connection to Care, a new initiative of Mobility Management of South Central New York, helps rural residents overcome transportation barriers. Connection to Care will help those in need of transportation to non-emergency medical appointments or to pick up prescription medication or medical supplies. To access Connection to Care resources for yourself, a family member or a client, call the GetThere Call Center at 1-855-373-4040. GetThere Mobility and Transportation Advocates will work with the caller to identify the lowest cost transportation option that is appropriate for the individual in need.


Thanks to a grant from Ascension Health and with additional support from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, funding is available to cover approved transportation expenses for individuals with a financial need. In designing a solution, the Connection to Care Program considers a full range of affordable transportation options, including volunteer, family, public and private transportation providers. Volunteers who provide transportation receive mileage reimbursement. Family transportation providers with a financial need are provided with pre-paid fuel cards.


For more information on Connection to Care, please call the GetThere Call Center toll-free at 1-855-373-4040. The Call Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is a partnership of health, human service, transportation provider and transportation planning organizations. Rural Health Network is the lead agency. MMSCNY seeks to improve transportation access and coordination in South Central New York, with services targeted to rural communities and to populations that lack easy access to transportation. The GetThere Call Center, the principal program of MMSCNY, provides free trip planning, travel training, and transportation education services to people throughout the region and beyond.

Click on Mobility Management of South Central New York for more information.
2013 Tioga County Food Day Festival

As part of National Food Day, Tioga County held its third annual Tioga County Food Day Festival on October 24th at the Elks Lodge in Owego. Food Day is a nationwide movement working  toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food for all. The theme of this year's event was "Squashing Hunger." 


The festival featured cooking demonstrations using healthy, easy to use ingredients, along with food tastings and build-your-own-taco and parfait stations. Grocery bags and other items were raffled during the event, and local musicians performed. Community organizations led activities for families: the Food Bank of the Southern Tier brought its Blender Bike, and CCE Tioga's Master Gardeners showed people how to make stamps from vegetables.



Community Forum on the Food Safety Modernization Act & Our Regional Food System 

On Wednesday, October 23 the Food and Health Network of South Central New York hosted a community forum on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) at Tompkins Cortland Community College. The forum was presented in partnership with Sustainable Cortland and NOFA-NY.


The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in January of 2011, grants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broad new powers to monitor food safety and significantly impacts how food is grown, handled and processed. In South Central New York and across the country, a strong regional food system is being re-envisioned, and small and mid-sized farms and alternative food distribution models are at the center of this change.


"To ensure that this positive change continues, we need to carefully consider possible unintended consequences of the Food Safety Modernization Act, especially related to local and regional food systems and small farms," said Jack Salo, Executive Director of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. During the forum, a panel explored the potential impacts on different sectors across the food system, from regional food hubs and farmers markets to conservation practices.

The Food and Health Network of South Central New York is a collaborative organization committed to creating food secure communities by increasing access  and consumption of healthy, local food.

Click on Food and Health Network of South Central New York for more information or to become a member or sponsor. 
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