NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute

Join NRHA and rural health advocates from across the nation for the largest, and arguably the most important, rural advocacy event in the country, NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute, February 5th-7th in D.C. You’ll have the chance to: Hear from top members of the Trump Administration and leading members of Congress on their plans to make health care work in rural America; Speak directly with your Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill to tell them of the challenges in your rural community. Register for the conference here.

NYSARH Members Unite for Advocacy

2018-19 New York State Budget was passed and signed before the April 1st deadline. The 30 disease prevention, public health and workforce programs that were threatened with pooling and a 20% cut were independently funded at the 2017-18 level. We recognize that this is still +/- 20% less than these programs were funded in 2016-17 but consider this a significant victory for NYSARH and our partners because it represents the effectiveness of our collaborative and coordinated strategy in advocating for rural health funding. Most importantly, it is a victory for rural health. Lt. Governor Kathy Hochel presented the Final Budget There is also good news for Telehealth. The ‘originating site’ may be a person’s home including a certified residence. Behavioral Health professionals may also utilize te...

2018 County Health Rankings

Summary of findings from University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute: After nearly a decade of improvement, there are early signs that the percentage of babies born at low birth weight may be on the rise (8.2% in 2016, a 2% increase from 2014). Low birth weight is a key measure of health and quality of life. Some places and groups of people have fewer social and economic opportunities, which also limit their ability to be healthy. More than 1 out of every 5 youth in the bottom performing counties do not graduate from high school in four years. For American Indian/Alaskan Native, Black, and Hispanic youth, it is 1 out of 4. Residential segregation provides a clear example of the link between race and place. Black residents have higher rates of child poverty, low birth weight, and in...

State Annouces Millions For Broadband Effort.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Municipalities across the region are set to receive millions of dollars to help achieve the state’s goal of 100 percent broadband coverage everywhere in New York. In a series of news releases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the New NY Broadband Program’s third round of grants would total $225.5 million and help pay for hundreds of miles of broadband wiring and infrastructure. Funding totals include $691,000 for Onondaga County, nearly $7 million for Jefferson County, $4.8 million for Oneida County, just shy of $3 million for Broome County, and more than $1.6 million for Tompkins County. “Access to high-speed internet has never been more important for New York residents and businesses,” Cuomo said in the release. “By leveraging state investments with private and federal fun...

Rural Health Network Facing Funding Cuts In 2018.

Rural Health Networks across the state are speaking out about a proposed cut in funding for the 2018 State Budget. According to Rural Health Network of South Central New York Executive Director Jack Salo, the non-profit along with 30 other organizations are facing a 20% cut in funding from the Department of Health. You can read the full news article here.     Read more here:

Albany Advocacy Day: Join Our Team!

Albany Advocacy Day is Tuesday, February 13th! Please plan to join fellow members for an in-person Advocacy Day on February 13, 2018.  We will be meeting at 9am in Room 211 in the Legislative Office Building. (Please note, we may use the offices of the Commission on Rural Resources as a ‘home base’ during the day.) Members are responsible for setting up their own appointments. Contact Sara Wall Bollinger who is maintaining the master list to join the NYSARH team or to get further information. This is a great opportunity to network with colleagues while being the Voice for Rural New York, don’t miss out!

“SURVEY SEZ…” 2017-18 State Health Program Budget Cuts Hurting Rural NY and NYSARH Welcomes Policy Interns

The late summer and autumn months have been an active time for the New York State Association for Rural Health’s policy and advocacy committee. Many NYS rural communities are feeling the negative impacts from wide ranging health program cuts included in the 2017-18 NYS budget. NYSARH is leading an effort to quantify the full impact of these cuts on rural New York State and to formulate a compelling message which can be shared with state policy makers. Over the summer months we commissioned a survey which was circulated to all NYSARH members as well as other key rural stakeholders outside of the association. With an estimated $23.47 million cut from prevention, DSRIP support, Public Health and Work Force development funding, we sought to determine how were rural communities being effected a...

NYSARH Legislative Day in Albany

We had a great turn out this year with a 19 member delegation on March 3rd, 2017. Our day began with a briefing by five experts who provided NYSARH advocates with up-to-date information on the issues on policy and budget facing rural communities in 2017. Our expert panel included: Jill Kasow, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources Karen Roach, HANYS Lacy Clarke, CHCANYS Richard Merchant, NYS AHEC John Coppola, NYS Assoc. of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Providers   Then we hit the hallways and offices of the Legislative Office Building to Make Our Rural Health Voices Heard. We met with 18 Senators and 16 Assembly members. See our talking points.

NYS Prevention Agenda Update

We have the NYS Prevention Agenda February 2014 Update and the list of county-specific priorities. NYSARH Members: join local community coalitions and take action at the local level to support your community efforts; identify statewide actions that we can take to encourage actions by our members that promote Prevention Agenda related goals; share your stories with us so that we can keep NYSDOH informed about our activities at the local and state level. Visit the Prevention Agenda Dashboard at This dashboard contains updated data for many Prevention Agenda measures and shows the level of progress, or lack thereof, towards the Prevention Agenda goals. Data are available at the state and individual county level. The dashboard also has a fun...