December 2015 
You or someone you know may be a perfect fit for the Rural Health Service Corps, RHNSCNY's AmeriCorps National Service Program, which provides meaningful service and learning opportunities for people committed to improving the health and well-being of those living in South Central New York. 
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     Happy Holidays 
and best wishes for the coming year!

We appreciate the support of our donors, friends, and partners in 2015.  Your contributions of time, talents, in-kind services, and financial donations make our successes possible. Thank you!
If you have been considering making a 2015 gift, tax-deductible donations can be made online for your convenience via our website:  RHN Donations


Help Us Decorate for Macaroni & Trees


Tioga Opportunities is hosting their annual Macaroni & Trees event in the Countryside Cafe through the end of December.  Tioga Opportunities departments and community organizations, including Rural Health Network of SCNY, have decorated trees  and are collecting food donations to benefit food pantries in Tioga County.  

Our tree highlights the GetThere Call Center transportation program and is decorated with toy vehicles (cars, trucks, planes, trains, etc.).  We invite you to add a toy to our tree or take a GetThere brochure to share with anyone who may benefit from mobility management services.  

All toy vehicles added to the tree will be donated to local children's services programs.  

Toy vehicles or non-perishable food donations may be delivered to our office in the Tioga Opportunities building at 9 Sheldon Guile Blvd, Owego, NY or to our main office at 2663 Main Street, Whitney Point, NY.  


Rural Broome Counts Update

Pamela Guth, Director of Community Health Services, played the role of a banker at the November 17th Poverty Simulation hosted by the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition.

In it's second year, Rural Broome Counts, a needs-assets assessment of rural Broome County, will focus on issues related to housing. Rural Health Network's Pamela Guth, Emily Hotchkiss, and Brooke Ann Coco volunteered at a poverty simulation on November 17th in order to learn more about this topic. The Southern Tier Homeless Coalition hosted this event in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The poverty simulation, created by the Missouri Association for Community Action, succeeded in its mission to challenge assumptions about poverty, bringing to light many of the barriers low-income families encounter on a regular basis. Participants were confronted with obstacles such as eviction, disease, and exploitation. Despite great hardship, some participants overcame these challenges. One family lifted themselves out of homelessness and began to thrive within the simulation. Others struggled, resorting to illegal activities to keep their family afloat.

Rural Broome Counts project leaders Emily Hotchkiss and Brooke Ann Coco plan to attend a poverty simulation facilitator training early next year. The United Way of Broome County, in partnership with Rural Broome Counts, will host several poverty simulations throughout Broome County within the coming year, including at least one based in a rural area.

For more information about the poverty simulation and how to get involved, contact Brooke Ann Coco at (607) 692-7669.  

FaHN Year in Review
Our Food and Health Network's 2015 Year in Review has been released. Inside, you'll find results and updates on our 2015 projects, including the Broome County summer meals assessment, farm to school, healthy food procurement and our Food System Assessment update.  Click above to read the full report.
Beginning in January 2016 we will publish this e-newsletter on a monthly schedule rather than quarterly.  We look forward to informing our partners, friends, and clients in a more timely way.