Speaker Presentations


2018 Annual NYSARH Conference Presentations


Mark Fenton, Keynote Speaker

Community Design for Economic, Environmental, & Public Health (click to download presentation)

Mark Fenton is a national public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. His goal is to build communities that support a healthier, more physically active population, and more sustainable and enjoyable lifestyles. He works with organizations and communities around the country to build environments, policies, and programs that help to create places where more people walk, bicycle, and take transit more of the time. And it’s not just about healthier people. Done well, active community designs lead to economically, environmentally, and socially thriving cities, towns, and rural settings where people of all ages, abilities, and incomes lead long, vibrant lives.

Casey Harrison, Certified Nurse Midwife


This session reviews practices for successful screening, assessment, and response(s) to intimate partner violence (IPV) by looking at a multidisciplinary system-wide pilot study conducted at a FQHC in rural western NY. Implementation of IPV screening for the pregnant population with a multidisciplinary, collaborative, system-level approach led to increased disclosure and improved screening and referral rates. This approach provided real-time evaluation of the screening program for adaptation, as the program was implemented on a larger scale within the facility. IPV stakeholders will gain understanding regarding the importance of implementation of screening and referral using evidence-based practice guidelines.

Kate Finn, Licensed Midwife

License Midwives as Rural Health Care Providers (click to download presentation)

Midwives are present in rural communities throughout New York. Licensed midwives work in clinics, private practices, hospitals, birth centers, and homes, providing well-woman care, as well as care for mother and baby throughout the childbearing cycle. As independent providers, midwives provide complete routine care and collaborate when medical opinions or care are indicated. This workshop will review the training and scope of practice of licensed midwives, and explain the quality framework and collaboration obligations for practice in rural settings. The role of the health care system in reducing barriers and developing systems to support collaboration will be reviewed.

Erin Segar, Health Professions Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine-Middle Atlantic Region

TRUSTED RESOURCES TO SUPPORT RURAL HEALTH (click to download presentation)

There are marked health disparities between individuals living in rural areas when compared with those in urban settings. Trusted health information and sources of local data and statistics offer valuable information necessary for public education and program planning. This session will equip those who serve rural communities with free, reliable sources of health information and data related to rural communities and the health issues faced by those who live there. The instructor, a skilled educator from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, will provide demonstrations of these databases to ensure that participants leave this session with the skills to locate the information they need. These live demonstrations, along with examples using relevant health conditions, will allow participants to walk away with the knowledge to immediately put these resources to use in the communities they serve.

Bill Wagner, Director of Mobility Management of South Central New York


The Rural Health Network of South Central New York implemented a Transportation Voucher program with funding through the local PPS, Care Compass Network. Medicaid individuals are provided transportation to meet health-related needs not covered by Medicaid transportation. As we enter in our second year of this program we will share our successes and challenges, how the program is being utilized, how it has been expanded and replicated, challenges we encountered and how they were addressed, what has been the short-term impact and what we hope to see in long-term impact.


Maureen Kozakiewicz, Highway Traffic Safety Representative


According to Healthy People 2020, health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities. The goal of creating a social and physical environment that promotes good health for all is at the heart of traffic safety. Our roadways and sidewalks connect our communities and help provide access to resources of daily living and quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. Yet, in 2017, more than 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes alone. This presentation shows how the NYS’s Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is working with rural communities to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs of road traffic crashes. Ms. Maureen Kozakiewicz, NYS GTSC Representative, and a panel of GTSC rural grantees present how their efforts are impacting public safety and saving lives across NYS. Panelist include: Tony D’Agostino NYS (Sheriff’s Association), ReBecca Smith (Public Health Projects Manager for Cortland Co. Health Dept.) and Helen Evans (Associate Director, Ardent Solutions, Inc).

Amy Vierhile, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner


This presentation focuses on the infrastructure needed to develop and establish a telemedicine program with a special spotlight on program personnel development, follow-up needs, and providing optimal patient care.


Shari Weiss, Community Housing Manager for Catholic Charities of Cortland County

HOUSING IS HEALTHCARE (click to download presentation)

Housing is a Social Determinant of Health. This workshop presented the unique variables associated with housing individuals with multiple issues (Homelessness, Mental Health, Substance Use, Unemployment, CPS involvement, etc.), current models of housing in Cortland (NY), the challenges and barriers faced by our participants, and some accomplishments that have positive results and engagement in physical and behavioral health care. Participants will learn about the models of housing and collaborative case management that may serve as examples for other rural communities.

Erin Summerlee, Director of Food and Health Network of South Central New York


This workshop focused on the South Central NY Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program which brings together health care providers, local food retailers, and community educators to help prevent and manage chronic diet-related diseases in the adult Medicaid population. The FVRx program began as a pilot with two primary care offices in Broome County in 2017 and is expanding to 11 primary care offices and two hospitals in three counties for 2018. The FVRx program allows clinicians or community health workers to write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables that are accompanied by nutrition counseling, cooking education, chronic disease self-management classes, and other supports. FVRx packages comprehensive strategies to address social determinants of health, and offers relatively low-cost interventions to avoid future high-cost treatments for preventable diseases. This workshop outlined the process for clinical and community implementation, program outcomes, and include a discussion of investing in preventative nutrition through the value-based payment model.

Theresa Lahr, Project Coordinator for Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions and Gabe Telarico, Community Business Mentor


This session focused on community engagement emphasizing the social determinants of health. Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) will describe their community engagement work, including approach and activities implemented, and successes achieved in terms of resident involvement in health promotion activities, resident leadership, and changes in attitude toward health improvement.

Casey Harrison, Certified Nurse Midwife

IMPACT OF STATE BUDGET ON RURAL COMMUNITIES (click to download presentation)

This session provided preliminary results of research investigating the economic impact of selected State-based funding cuts in the rural regions of New York State. The study includes funding cuts related to New York State rural Area Health Education Centers, Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Networks, and rural County Health Departments. The investigation used economic impact software, IMPLAN, to analyze direct, indirect, and multiplied effects on rural infrastructure and communities related to the State-funding cuts made to each of these entities between the 2016-2017 New York State fiscal year and the 2017-2018 New York State fiscal year. Initial results regarding economic impact at the county and legislative district levels suggest significant loss beyond the healthcare industry and negative impacts to rural community infrastructure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]