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The Nursing Shortage: Why It Matters

Is the nursing shortage a public health concern? With any workforce shortage comes a slew of impacts and repercussions. Unfortunately, the numerous impacts the nursing shortage has had reaches across all types of regions and communities in the United States. Rural areas are particularly vulnerable to the precarious environment of a healthcare system lacking in nurses and sufficient funding. With these impacts, it is imperative that communities acknowledge and are aware of what a nursing shortage means for the public. The nursing shortage is not just something that is happening elsewhere. It impacts our communities, our neighbors, friends, and family members. It very well may be directly impacting ourselves, whether we know it or not. Here are some of the reasons why the nursing shortage sh...

National Rural Health Day: Take the Pledge!

On November 15th, 2018, health professionals all across the country will be celebrating National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is a day designated to celebrate health workers and health initiatives in rural communities across the country. There are approximately 60 million people living in rural communities in the United States- that’s almost 1 in 5 Americans! Unfortunately there are disparities in rural communities when it comes to healthcare. Many rural citizens don’t have insurance or are under-insured. Rural hospitals are struggling to stay afloat with disproportionate funding levels and declining reimbursement rates. Worker shortage has been an ongoing issue all across the country for many years now, but the impact is especially brutal for rural healthcare. With a...

NYS Association for Rural Health Announces New Leadership

The NYSARH Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Seven Valleys Health Coalition (SVHC) based in Cortland, NY, has been selected to provide executive and administrative services. Jackie Leaf is the new Executive Director of NYSARH.She will oversee all agency operations and focus on providing the premier rural health conference in New York State each September.           Staff members of Seven Valleys Health Coalition will facilitate communication, regularly update the NYSARH website, develop a social media image and manage bookkeeping. Sara Wall Bollinger joins the SVHC team as NYSARH Director for Strategic Development.She will focus on policy, membership and capacity building initiatives.       The new leadership team will engage with NYSARH...

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!

Strategic Plan for NYSARH

The Board of Directors engaged in a Strategic Planning process during 2017 that culminated in a vote to approve the plan in December. During this process, seven priority areas were identified: Advocacy Capacity Building Communication Finances Membership Networking System Transformation. You can view the full Strategic Plan here or see the Strategic Priorities Grid here.

Building an Expanded, Effective and Integrated Trauma-Informed System of Care in NYS

There is a growing movement behind understanding the impact of trauma on our region and advocating for Western New York to become a trauma-informed community. Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) is an approach that shifts thinking from “what’s wrong with you?” to “what’s happened to you?” with an understanding of the pervasive nature of trauma. As a result, members of the Community Health Foundation Fellows Action Network are accepting applications for the upcoming Trauma Informed Care Learning Collaborative. This free 7-month program is based on a train-the-trainer model where thirty (30) individuals representing the eight counties of Western New York will work to transform Western New York into a trauma-informed community via organizational/system change and advocacy. Participants will be trained...