Advocacy

NYSARH submits testimony to the NYS Assembly Health Committee Public Hearing on Rural Health.

Below is the testimony submitted to the Assembly Health Committee Public Hearing on Rural Health Care Services on May 31st. The New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization working to preserve and improve the health of the citizens in rural New York State.  NYSARH was founded in July 2001. The organization is affiliated with the National Rural Health Association. The mission of NYSARH is to improve the health and well-being of rural New Yorkers and their communities. NYSARH is a membership organization. NYSARH membership includes representatives of all facets of the rural health care industry, as well as individuals and students.  NYSARH serves individuals, consumers, non-profit organizations, government agencies and offici...

NYSARH in Action: NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington

The NYSARH delegation joined over 450 fellow rural health stakeholders from across the United States in Washington, D.C. for NRHA’s 30th Rural Health Policy Institute Information about the impact of federal legislation on rural communities is available HERE.  The NYSARH team met with Representatives Brindisi, Collins, Delgado, and Katko in person and with staff representing Representatives Higgins, Maloney, Morelle, Reed, Stefanik, and Tonko, and with staff representing Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.  We shared packets with staff from Representatives Lowey, Ocasio-Cortez, and Rose. If you use Twitter, please follow @NRHA_Advocacy and NRHA on Twitter and include #RuralHealth in all your tweets to keep the issues NRHA fights for at the forefront of the national conversation with colleagues...

NYSARH in Action: Rural Health Advocacy in Albany

The NYSARH Policy Committee organized Advocacy Day earlier in the season than we have in previous years.  Volunteers met with 19 Committee Chairs and leadership staff including Speaker Heastie, Minority Leader Kolb, Chair of Senate Health Gustavo Rivera, and Chair of Assembly Health Dick Gottfried. We appreciate the warm welcome we received from Senators Rachel May, Chair, and Pamela Helming, Ranking Member, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Thanks to our panel of speakers who presented the morning briefing: Jill Kasow, Legislative Commission of Rural Resources Karen Roach & Jim Clancy, Healthcare Association of NYS Lacey Clarke, Community Health Care Association of NYS Glenn Liebman, Mental Health Association of NYS Harvey Rosenthal, NY Association Psychiatric Rehabilitation ...

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.

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...

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!

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.