December 2014 
Immediate openings with the Rural Health Service Corps! View a position description for Health Access Specialists, as well as application materials. 
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Partner News and Events 
To share an upcoming event or update in the Partner News and Events section, e-mail or call Mary Maruscak at OR 607-692-7669

Tioga United Way Annual Campaign Update
The Tioga County United Way continues their annual campaign and would welcome your support of their 33 partner agencies. To make a donation, visit
or mail directly to:
Tioga United Way
24 NYS Rt. 96
Owego NY 13827

Falls Prevention in Broome County

Stepping On: A Wellness Workshop to Prevent Falls. To register call Diane at 607-757-0750 or Donna at 607-765-4180

Six Steps to Better Balance. Call Rita for more information. 607-778-2086

Recent Media
Read media coverage about just a few of Rural Health Network's collaborative programs and activities.

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There is still time to join our Board of Directors and other investors in supporting the mission of the Rural Health Network by contributing to our 2014 Annual Campaign. 

Your donation can help in the following ways:

- Health Care Access assists individuals to access affordable, quality health services such as prescription assistance, vision services, health insurance, and dental services.

- Renew Health educates individuals about chronic disease (such as diabetes, heart disease, and asthma) and provides case management services.

- Rural Health Service Corps provides AmeriCorps and VISTA national service opportunities throughout South Central New York. Rural Health Service Corps members serve to address critical health and human service needs. 

- GetThere  Call Center is a one-stop transportation information resource that helps those in need of transportation to medical appointments, employment, etc. 


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For more information, please read our Annual Appeal Letter and the Rural Health Network 2013 Services Summary.


Your tax-deductible gift directly impacts our mission and work, and will assist in ensuring the continuation of these much needed services as well as allowing the Rural Health Network the ability to expand services. Please consider a contribution to our annual campaign. 

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We are pleased to announce that Ms. Julie Pitts has accepted the position of Rural Health Service Corps Director, effective in October! Julie has worked for Rural Health Network since 2009, originally devoting 50% of her time to supporting the Rural Health Service Corps program. In 2012, Julie became the VISTA Project Director. Julie worked closely with Danielle Berchtold for five years, expanding both the AmeriCorps and the VISTA programs. Julie feels that the success of Rural Health Service Corps is the result of the dynamic and dedicated RHN staff, the relationships that have been built and maintained with partner organizations, and the service and commitment of our members, and it is because of this that she looks forward to continuing her involvement with our AmeriCorps and VISTA programs with Rural Health Service Corps. 
Rural Health Network Executive Director Jack Salo introduces Rural Broome Counts to approximately 40 county stakeholders on Oct. 15th. 

Rural Health Network has launched Rural Broome Counts (RBC), which will identify assets and challenges in rural Broome County by drawing on the expertise and experience of rural Broome County residents, community leaders, school districts, businesses, and organizations. The initial phase of RBC is a one-year project and will be completed in August 2015. Following, the project will be updated every three years in order to track rural Broome County's progress and provide information for other local and regional planning efforts, including the Broome County Community Health Assessment, Aging Services Plan, and BMTS Coordinated Transportation Plan. 

Kathy Eckert, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier; Mark Bowers, Department of Transportation; and David Downs, Mayor of Whitney Point, cast their votes for highest priority strengths and challenges in Broome County. 

On October 15th, Rural Health Network hosted an RBC kick-off workshop at Cornell Cooperative Extension - Broome County. In attendance were rural Broome County stakeholders from the health, mental health, transportation, education, and government sectors. Based on participants' input during round-table and group discussions, top priority assets of rural Broome County include rural communities, rural school districts, and natural resources. The top priority challenges were poverty, transportation, and services beyond primary care.

Rural Health Network is the lead agency for Rural Broome Counts, a project made possible through the generous support of United Way of Broome County, the AmeriCorps/VISTA programs, and the New York State Office of Rural Health, Rural Health Network Development Program. 
For more information, visit Rural Broome Counts' webpage, or contact Rebecca Chandler at or 607-692-7669. 


Community Health Services News and Updates

Navigation Services 
Open enrollment for the New York State of Health Marketplace began November 15th, 2014 and will continue until February 15th, 2015. Since fall of last year, Rural Health Network has been proud to serve as an intermediary in the implementation of Healthcare Navigation services. 

Partnering with Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network, Fidelis, and United Healthcare, Rural Health Network has provided office space so that individuals and families have a space to meet with an In-Person Assistor/Navigator to shop, compare, and enroll into a public or private qualified health insurance plan, as well as helping people understand medicaid eligibility expansion in 2014.
To learn more, contact Pam Guth or Donna Wickham at 607-692-7669. 
Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield

The Rural Health Network is pleased to announce Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield will continue to provide funding support for the Renew Health program in 2015. In addition to providing case management services for rural adults with chronic health conditions, the next phase includes regional planning for increasing chronic disease education capacity.  


This collaborative regional approach will increase options for rural residents and maximize human and fiscal resources for organizations providing evidence-based interventions. Training and health education curriculum models include: Stanford University's Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Peer Leaders and Master Trainers, Diabetes Self -Management Program (DSMP), and CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Coaches.  


On Friday, November 7th, Food and Health Network of South Central New York hosted a pie contest and tasting event at RiverRead Books during Binghamton's First Friday. At the well-attended event, 16 people entered 24 pies into the contest, causing some tough decision making for the anonymous judges! 

Some of the submitted pie entries were Rebecca Chandler's Chocolate Mocha, Dolores Wisdom's Crispin Apple Meringue, and Sara Liu's Blueberry Crumble. The winning pie, based on judges' votes, was made by our very own Nick Cecconi, Coordinator of Mobility Management SCNY. His Whiskey Buttermilk Pie was a big hit with the judges and the taste testers, and you can find the recipe here! 

The criteria for submitting a pie was that it be made using at least ONE local ingredient, and Nick used SIX, finding his supplies from local producers in Binghamton, Whitney Point, Burdett, Rochester, Attica, and Norwich.  

Get Involved!
Food and Health Network is now inviting 2015 sponsorship and membership! As a Food and Health Network sponsor or member, you pledge your support for a food system built on healthy environments, economic vitality, farm to consumer connections, and healthy people. Won't you join us? Visit Food and Health Network's webpage to learn more! 
Nick Cecconi's Whiskey Buttermilk Pie was the big winner of the night!
Just a few of the 24 pies submitted to Food and Health Network's pie contest and tasting event.