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.

Fighting for Rural Together: 2017 NRHA Policy Institute

Fighting for Rural Together

What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program helps communities identify and implement solutions that make it easier for people to be healthy in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is keeping people healthy or making people sick. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute to bring this program to communities across the nation. Each year, the County Health Rankings bring actionable data to counties across the country, serving as a call to action to improve local health. The 2016 Rankings includ...

2015-2016 NYSARH Annual Report & Financial Statement

NYSARH board members have participated in national events including the Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC, in February, the annual Rural Health Conference in May in Minneapolis and the Rural Quality & Clinical Conference in July, in Oakland. NYSARH members also gathered in Albany in March to advocate on behalf of rural health with members of the NYS legislature. Two themes emerged as priorities this year, telehealth and health disparities. NYSARH is pleased to partner with the TeleHealth Learning Collaborative, the New York State TeleHealth Partnership and our members who are successfully using TeleHealth applications to improve both patient access to care and the quality of care provided by rural practitioners. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a re...

Spotlight: Wayne County Rural Health Network (WCRHN)

Wayne County Rural Health Network (WCRHN) is a collaborative partnership of health and human service providers working together to increase everyone’s access to needed medical and social services — striving for the highest level of health and wellness for the people of Wayne County. Serving all of Wayne County since 1997 With offices at 6600 Middle Road, Sodus, NY What we have done: ·        Saved Wayne County residents more than $1.5 million on the costs of their prescription drugs. ·        Provided more than $120,000 in scholarships to students who attended FLCC to obtain their RN license. ·        With Wayne County Public Health, created the Dental Clinic at Wayne County Public Health. ·        Provided cancer screening and treatment to men and women in Wayne County who are unins...

Spotlight: Remote dentistry equips the underserved with better care

from WRVO Six-year-old Jason Green is spending his afternoon at the dentist’s office, but his focus is on the many stickers he is earning by behaving during the appointment. “Well, I have been really good,” Jason beams, holding a stack of adhesive monster truck drawings. For his mom, Melissa Green, the exciting part of this appointment is that she’s able to have her son seen by a dentist without having to travel too far from her rural upstate New York community. Otherwise she would need a friend to drive herself, her son and infant daughter an hour west to Rochester where the nearest dental hospital is located. Read more.