February 2016
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

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Rural Health Network will be hosting three information sessions on the AmeriCorps program. These sessions will be held in three separate counties and will explore how to best partner with community organizations to address need in the areas of food security, independent living, and health access. If you are interested in learning more about how an AmeriCorps member could assist your organization (or an organization you care about), please view our invitation and register now to join us at one of the following meetings:  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Whitney Point Library
2630 Main Street, Whitney Point, NY 13862

Tuesday, March 8, 2016- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sidney Civic Center, Room 202
21 Liberty Street, Sidney, NY 13838

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tioga County Health and Human Services Building, Multipurpose Conference Room
1062 State Route 38, Owego, NY 13827
Isaiah's Story and AmeriCorps Openings
Rural Health Service Corps, with the help of United Way of Broome County, has produced a series of videos in which AmeriCorps and VISTA members share their experiences. We invite you to view Isaiah's story below. If you or someone you know may be interested in an AmeriCorps position, we are currently recruiting for these positions.
Speakers Bureau - We'd like to talk to your group

What do chronic disease, food security, mobility and transportation, and service learning have in common?  What are the unique characteristics of rural communities that impact public health?  Just what does the Rural Health Network do?  If you have asked any of these questions, we'd like to talk to you.

Rural Health Network Staff and Board Members are available to speak to your group. We would welcome the opportunity to share why we have a rural focus and what we do by presenting to your service club, staff meeting, coalition, or social organization.  To schedule a speaker, contact Cindy Martin at 607-692-7669.

 Rural Broome Counts Update

Within its initial 2015 study, Rural Broome Counts, a needs and assets assessment of the eleven rural municipalities in Broome County, identified that residents consider rural poverty, access to health care services, and transportation to be the biggest challenges within their community. In its second year, one of our research focus areas is rural housing, a topic which addresses the identified challenges with poverty and health in rural Broome County. While poverty can influence access to certain types of housing, an individual's housing situation can also greatly impact health and well-being.
Rural Broome Counts is taking a comprehensive approach to rural housing. Not only is the project investigating the condition of rural Broome's housing stock, but it is also considering the financial aspects involved with housing, weatherization projects, supportive housing programs, rural preservation organizations, and even homelessness.

In order to get a better idea about homelessness, Rural Broome Counts teamed up with the Southern Tier Homeless Coalition to perform their annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count. The PIT count tallies the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. While the Homeless Coalition recently has focused primarily on urban homelessness, the Rural Broome Counts team decided to expand into the rural communities.

Though it may not be as visible, it was not surprising to find that rural Broome County is not exempt from homelessness. Instead of staying in a homeless shelter or living under a bridge, rural residents rely on the community for support. Throughout the course of a week, the Rural Broome Counts team encountered young adults living with friends to escape a bad situation, people opening up their homes to family members and strangers alike, even people living in trailers without proper heat or running water. Without easy access to the resources in the city, community is more important than ever to the rural homeless.

Moving forward, Rural Broome Counts plans to host a rural poverty simulation this spring. Much like rural homelessness, rural poverty has its own unique set of challenges. Be prepared to challenge your own stereotypes and experience the day-to-day realities of living in rural poverty. Check in with us on Facebook or at the Rural Broome Counts website for further updates.

Rural Broome Counts is supported by a United Way of Broome County Venture Grant, the AmeriCorps/VISTA program, the NY State Office of Rural Health, and the Rural Health Network of SCNY.  

New Brochure Available
Mobility Management of South Central New York has updated our GetThere Call Center brochure.  The GetThere Call Center is a one-stop resource for transportation and trip planning for residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, and Tioga counties.  We welcome calls from individuals as well as from family members, health care providers, and social workers on behalf of individuals who require transportation support.  For more information about GetThere services, visit our website or call 1-855-373-4040.  View our new brochure here. To request paper copies of our brochure to share with clients or visitors, call 607-240-2033.  

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Project
On January 18, for MLK Service Day, twenty-five Rural Health Service Corps AmeriCorps members partnered with Verde View Equestrian Center, a non-profit organization that promotes therapeutic horsemanship for children and adults with physical, intellectual, or social disabilities. AmeriCorps members created sensory boards and weighted vests for the riders at Verde View.  
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