2015 Conference Presentations

Thursday, October 1st

6:30 AM – Networking Walk/Run – along Seneca Lake

7:00 AM – Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM – Welcome, Annual NYSARH Membership Meeting

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER – James R. Knickman

President and CEO New York State Health Foundation

How will the Innovation and Integration Imperative Affect Rural Health Care?”

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM 


Andrea Haradon, Network Coordinator S2AY Rural Health Network

Barry Brogan, CEO North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network

DSRIP: A Rural Update – (interactive session)

  • Lessons Learned: What has worked and what didn’t work?
  • What challenges do we see going forward and how to mitigate these

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Awards Luncheon

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM 


Fruits of Our Labor

Laurie Cohn, Aspire Consulting

Easily and Quickly Unleash the Power of a Highly Engaged Workforce to Transform Your Organization 

25% of the work force is highly engaged in their work. Engaging your workforce is a transformative strategy for long term sustainability. Where recruiting and retaining exceptional employees is difficult, developing a culture where your employees bring their best, and boast about the work they and you do become paramount. Learn what and how.

Harvesting Transformation

Antara Mitra, REACH CNY Inc.

Implementing SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) in Primary Care and Home Visiting Programs in Oswego Co. 

SBIRT is an evidence based model to delivering preventative care for alcohol and substance use disorders. It identifies those at risk of developing these disorders and provides brief stagebased counseling to encourage behavior change. It is reimbursed by Medicaid & Medicare and can be implemented by any trained professional and paraprofessional.

Complex Bouquet of Healthcare

Dr. Holmes Morton, Clinic for Special Children

Models for Community Focused Translational Medicine for Plain Populations 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  


Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) – Identify advocacy and/or legislative issues that could facilitate more effective interventions in support of the Prevention Agenda.

  • Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency (PPS) – Trilby de Jung
  • HealtheConnections – Rachel Kramer
  • P2 Collaborative – John Craik

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM – Networking Reception – Rose Hill Mansion – Geneva Historical Society

Dinner on Your Own

Friday, October 2nd

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM


Fruits of Our Labor

Carol Wood, 2-1-1 HELPLINE

Roberta Wood, Arnot Health

Clinical and Community Based Contact Centers for Information & Assistance – Benefits and Distinctions

Across the country, 2-1-1 is on the front lines of connecting people to the health care and community services they need to stay healthy.  Easy-to-remember, “The 2-1-1” provides patients, family members, case managers, social workers and health care professionals with valuable information about accessing services, a service also known as information and assistance. The Institute for Human Services provides 2-1-1 service to five mostly-rural New York Counties in the Southern Tier.

Health on Demand is a regional call center that provides support and education to people of the Southern Tier of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania.    The changing paradigm of nursing/healthcare means that telehealth will play an increasingly important role in helping patients learn how to stay healthy, connect with nurses to guide them on care, or when to seek out their medical professionals.

Learn how you can take advantage of these amazing resources and how they complement each other, regardless of your role in the health care system.

Harvesting Transformation

Bridget Walsh and Steve Jennings, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Aging

New Opportunities to Reduce Early Childhood Dental Diseases 

Dental disease is the number one chronic disease of childhood. It not only impacts a child’s health and wellbeing, but can require costly treatment. This workshop will introduce participants to new opportunities to reduce disease at the community level through the Drinking Water Fluoridation Fund and the Cavity Free Initiative program model.

Complex Bouquet of Healthcare

Bob Hunt, Ft. Drum Regional Health Planning Org.

Melanie Rhodes, WNY Rural Area Health Education Center, Inc.

Building Networks using the FCC’s Healthcare Connect Fund 

Overview of the process used to create the Adirondack Champlain

Telemedicine Information Network (ACTION), North Country Telemedicine Project

(NCTP) telehealth networks and Western New York Rural Broadband Healthcare Network (WNYRBHN) using funding from the Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF).

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM


Fruits of Our Labor

Gerald Archibald, The Bonadio Group

The Impact of Performing Provider Systems and Medicaid Reform on Rural Providers 

2015 will be a year of massive transformation with the development of 25 Performing Provider Systems throughout New York State. All but one of the PPS structures are being led by hospitals. The presenter will describe the initial and ongoing impact of PPS Initiatives on rural community health providers. Based on what will be known by midSeptember 2015, the presenter will provide the appropriate strategies to be evaluated and considered by rural community health providers in response to the PPS Implementation Initiative.

Harvesting Transformation

Bill Armbruster, AARP

Randall Hoak, Erie County Senior Services

Livability and Living Well

AARP and Area Agencies on Aging team up to talk about their priorities in enhancing the health, wellbeing, and quality of life of older adults

Complex Bouquet of Healthcare

Julia Preston-Fulton & Toni Ross, Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.

Connecting Consumers to Rural Health Care 

We will discuss the importance of building partnerships between practices and community agencies and the positive impact this has on consumers. With limited providers and limited resources, consumers have limited time at appointments. By having more people involved in their health care process, consumers have increased access to education and resources. This also gives consumers increased opportunities to ask questions about health care and help process their options.

11:15 AM – 12:15 MM 


Gerald Archibald, The Bonadio Group

Movement to Value Based Payment

12:15 PM – 12:30 PM Final Door Prizes Given Out

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – NYSARH Board of Directors Meeting