2018 New York State Rural Health Award Recipients

The 2018 Annual NYSARH Conference, held at Greek Peak September 26th-28th, recognized Dr. Robert Delorme, Dr. Zsuzsa Meszaros of the Rural Academic Partnership, and Karen Madden for their dedication and service to their communities. Once again, we congratulate our 2018 award winners for all of their efforts in raising awareness of rural health issues and for providing excellent rural health programming in New York State. (From left to right, Dr. Robert Delorme, Dr. Zsuzsa Meszaros, and Karen Madden) Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award – Dr. Delorme The New York State Association for Rural Health is pleased to recognize Robert Delorme, MD for his health leadership in Southern Madison and Northern Chenango Counties with the Dr. Gary Ogden Rural Health Practitione...

All Of Us Research Program

The All of Us Research Program began national enrollment on May 6, 2018, inviting people ages 18 and older, regardless of health status, to join this momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. Part of the National Institutes of Health, All of Us is expected to be the largest and most diverse longitudinal health research program ever developed. Participants are asked to share different types of health and lifestyle information, including through online surveys and electronic health records, which will continue to be collected over the course of the program. Those who join will have access to study information and data about themselves, with choices about how much or little they want to receive. Data that are collected will be bro...

A Rural Approach to the Opioid Crisis

The Rural Health Network of South Central New York was one of three agencies in the state awarded AmeriCorps funding to combat opioid misuse, and the only one focusing on rural communities. They have a creative and complex outreach and education program using Rural Health Service Corps members placed at community organizations in five primary counties and seven secondary counties. The team has been trained using the evidence-based Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) curriculum approved by SAMSHA and HRSA.  Rural Health Service Corps members combat the opioid/heroin epidemic through prevention, treatment navigation, and recovery support in alignment with the NYS Heroin Task Force report. This program has already provided educational presentations to hundreds of s...

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!

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...

Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources and Outcomes

Join the Health Resources and Administration Services (HRSA) Workforce Ground Rounds Webinar Series on November 14, 2017, 3:30-4:30p.m. for Strengthening the Rural Health Workforce: Tools, Resources and Outcomes. Purpose: To increase awareness of health workforce needs in rural communities and share innovative, best practices regarding the need to recruit and retain health and allied health professionals in rural communities. Objectives: Discuss recruitment and retention issues in rural settings for health and allied health providers. Identify unique challenges of attracting health care providers to rural areas. Discover training opportunities and career ladder progression programs in rural areas. Learn more at online at BHW Grand Rounds.

Telemedicine Delivers Better Access to Health Care

by Katherine Restrepo, Contributor While the Congressional GOP has good intentions to restore more health freedom at the state level, they have so far failed to reach a consensus. Meanwhile, market forces and the states are already working to make health care access more convenient, price transparent, and affordable. Telemedicine, for example, is a multibillion dollar industry and a leading innovation in the health care arena. Defined as “the use of technology to deliver health care, health information, or health education at a distance,” telemedicine helps people connect more quickly to their primary, specialty, and tertiary medical needs. Patients can submit questions about non-urgent health issues and receive responses from a distant medical provider within hours without having to sacri...

Improving Cancer Control in Rural Communities

by Robert T. Croyle, PhD Summary: Two new studies, one by NCI researchers and one led by CDC researchers, have found that cancer rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The decrease in cancer death rates in the United States has been uplifting news for the nation. A point of frustration, however, has been the continued ethnic/racial and socioeconomic disparities in cancer outcomes. Two new studies are putting a spotlight on disparities that have received less attention: those in rural communities across the country. The studies — one by NCI researchers (on which I’m a co-author) and one led by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — found that cancer death rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The CDC study also showed that, although ca...

Welcome to the NYSARH Community

Welcome to the NYSARH Community. This will be the home for your NYSARH Student Chapter where you can easily manage your communication, share and host documents, discuss issues, keep an up-to-date eye on members, activities, and events, and grow your group! Using the ‘Opportunities’ link on the top-menu, feel free to explore job postings, internships, job-shadowing opportunities, upcoming events, programs, and more posted by NYSARH affiliated members within the healthcare world across rural New York. Welcome to the grassroots initiative that is NYSARH!

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.