New name reflects commitment to improving the health and well-being of Finger Lakes residents.
S2AY Rural Health Network, a nonprofit leader in rural public health, has changed its name to Pivital Public Health Partnership. The organization’s Executive Director and Board of Directors joined with Public Health Directors from eight Finger Lakes counties to announce the name to its internal partners and stakeholders on April 20, 2022.
Only Pivital Public Health Partnership unites local health departments in the Finger Lakes region to collaboratively develop and promote public health best practices. Their unique partnerships helps to accelerate improvements across the region by leveraging resources, expertise, and energy to achieve better outcomes than any one organization can achieve on their own. “We’ve always thought of ourselves as connectors, and the pandemic has allowed us to see how we can take that to the next level by being agile and flexible to meet the changing needs of our communities,” said Michele Foster, Executive Director.
Pivital provides a variety of services in the region, including collaboration on resident-driven community health projects, data collection and analysis for regional trending priorities which include obesity, food insecurity, substance use and mental health, maternal child health, and other emerging issues such as Covid-19. The organization has established governmental, community and health system relationships that continue to produce significant collaborative results for the Finger Lakes region.
Board of Directors President Frederick Wille said, “We’re proud to build on two decades of experience of improving health outcomes in the region. We believe our new name better reflects who we are and the crucial role we play in creating healthier communities. From this day forward, we are Pivital Public Health Partnership, and we’re on a rural health mission.”
Pivital Public Health Partnership is a non-profit affiliation of eight county Public Health Departments in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, including Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.
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