March 2015 
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Recent Media
Read media coverage about just a few of Rural Health Network's collaborative programs and activities.

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

Broome HOPE App
A new mobile phone app helps users recognize the warning signs of suicide and allows them to immediately connect to National suicide Prevention Line. The Broome HOPE app is FREE to use and is available on Android and iPhone. Click here to learn more. 

Do you have a Child with Special Health Care Needs? 
Tioga County Department of Health manages the CSHCN program to help families locate programs and services within the community. Anyone can make a referral for informational and support services. Simply call 607-687-8616 to get started. For more info contact Teena at 

Sunrise Wellness Center Calendar of Events
The Sunrise Wellness Center is a peer-run program promoting recovery for individuals with mental health diagnoses. Click here to see their vast array of community events taking place in March.

Children and Youth Services Information Fair
March 9th, April 15th, May 6th, and June 1st.
Designed to provide an overview of programs offered for children who have involvement in community services such as DSS, Family Court, Special Education, and many other services. To register or for more information, please email Jennifer Roy at 

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 Rural Health Service Corps is Recruiting Now! 

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You or someone you know may have a passion for serving those in need and a desire to make a difference. The Rural Health Service Corps, Rural Health Network's AmeriCorps/VISTA program, has immediate openings for positions beginning in March and April. In addition, interviews are currently taking place for positions beginning in the fall. 

As an AmeriCorps member with the Rural Health Service Corps, you will be on the front lines, working to address critical health needs and issues, while developing professional skills and experience. 

For more information about Rural Health Service Corps, available positions, and access to an online application, visit the website, or call
Alison or Julie at 607-692-7669. 
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Rural Health Network Welcomes New Staff!
Alison Handy Twang, 
Assistant Director of
Rural Health Service Corps
Alison Handy Twang is excited to join Rural Health Network as the new Assistant Director of Rural Health Service Corps. Her primary responsibilities include member recruitment, host site relations, and promotion and marketing of RHSC. Alison states that she is looking forward to connecting people with meaningful opportunities to address community health needs. She feels that "AmeriCorps offers a unique opportunity to provide impactful service to the community while gaining professional skills, developing leadership abilities, and building a commitment to service." 

Alison's previous work has focused on student leadership management, community and volunteer engagement, performance measurement/evaluation, and grant making. Before joining Rural Health Network, Alison was the Relationship Manager for Community Impact at United Way of Tompkins County. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration, both from Binghamton University. Alison serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA of Binghamton/Broome County, and in her free time enjoys hiking in the Adirondack Mountains. Alison grew up in Norwich, NY and currently resides in Binghamton. 

Erin Summerlee,
Coordinator of
Food and Health Network SCNY
Erin Summerlee joins the Rural Health Network as the first Coordinator of the Food and Health Network of South Central NY. Previously, Erin served two full-time terms of service as the AmeriCorps Education Coordinator for the Food and Health Network. Prior to joining FaHN, Erin worked at Tantre Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm located outside of Ann Arbor, MI. Erin received her B.A. in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. 

Erin is thrilled to take on this new role with FaHN, and looks forward to working with members and partners across the region to create a more just, healthy, and viable regional food system. Erin is a member of the Cortland Local Agriculture Promotions Committee, Broome County Child Hunger Task Force, GreenStar Community Projects feeding our Future Network, Broome County Health Department Chronic Disease Leadership Team, Broome County Agriculture Task Force, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE). 
In addition to welcoming Erin as their new Coordinator, the Food and Health Network is excited about upcoming events and activities in the next few months. 

The Growing Markets 2015: Annual Hobart Farmer's Lunch will take place on Saturday, March 7th at the Hobart Community Center. Hosted by the Hobart Rotary Club in partnership with FaHN, the event will feature speakers on growing your farm business, as well as several organizations sharing programs and services offered to local farms. A delicious locally-sourced lunch will also be served at the FREE half-day event. 
Call or email Erin with any questions at: (607) 692-7669 or You can also Click here to register for the event. 

FaHN is currently in the planning stages of the Summer Food Access Project, a strategy to increase the participation of low-income children in summer feeding programs, thereby reducing hunger and improving their diets/nutrition. FaHN will conduct a summer feeding program assessment that will establish the number, capacity, and location of summer feeding sites for children across the region. The unique characteristics and needs of each summer feeding site will help determine their capacity to serve additional children and families. The results will guide the project team in developing a targeted outreach and support strategy to increase participation of children, parents, and community organizations at existing sites, as well as advocacy for new summer feeding sites in underserved communities. 

FaHN is inviting 2015 Sponsorships and Memberships!
Thank you to everyone who has already joined for 2015. Your support is critical to our shared efforts to reduce hunger, improve health, and promote sustainable economic development. If you haven't joined yet, become a new or renewed member or sponsor TODAY.
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! 

Community Health Services 

Navigation Services
Since the fall of 2013, Rural Health Network has hosted the Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network, Fidelis, United Healthcare and Chenango Health Network to provide office space for individuals and families to meet with In-Person Assistor/Navigators to shop, compare, and enroll in public or private health insurance plans. 
This chart shows the number of individuals and in New York State who enrolled in health insurance during the second enrollment period, which ended in February 2015. 

*Rural Health Network will release data on numbers of South Central New York individuals and families enrolled in health insurance in its next e-newsletter. Those numbers will reflect individuals served by Rural Health Network and referred to insurance services.

Chronic Disease Education
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Community Health Services staff are gearing up for the next Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Living Healthy Workshop! 


In Partnership with the Eastern Broome Senior Center, the FREE Living Healthy Workshop will help participants learn to make better nutrition and exercise choices, deal with pain and fatigue, sleep better, talk with their doctors and families about health, and set goals to improve health. 

In 2014, four workshops were held, resulting in 42 graduates. Pamela Guth and Donna Wickham, Community Health Services staff and Certified Peer Leaders, look forward to a second successful year of delivering Chronic Disease education programming throughout the region. 

To learn more about Living Healthy Workshops or to enroll in the Workshop at the Eastern Broome Senior Center, please contact Donna at Rural Health Network: (607) 692-7669 or

Mobility Management of South Central New York

The National Center for Mobility Management has released Integrating Services Across Transportation Modes, its newest brief in the "Promising Practices of Mobility Management" series, and we are proud to say that our own Connection to Care program was featured! The innovative elements of the program, as described in the publication, are as follows:

"The Connection to Care program exhibits a number of innovative partnerships. Primarily, the program has benefited from its strong partnerships with and buy-in from medical providers. The original grant application was made possible through the partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. In addition, the program has relied on partnerships with clinics and other medical providers to market the program. Finally, MMSNCY partnered with AmeriCorps, an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service, to place volunteers as call-takers. The latter has allowed MMSCNY to increase the number of call takers supporting the program in a cost-effective manner" (page 6).

Connection to Care is designed to serve rural individuals with significant medical needs and who are financially constrained but do not qualify for Medicaid, assisting with finding the most cost-effective options for providing transportation to medical care. Rural Health Network and Mobility Management of South Central New York continue working to enhance the program and its base of support. To learn more about Connection to Care or to get involved, contact Nick Cecconi at or (607) 240-2033.