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Rural Health Network of SCNY Receives AmeriCorps Grant Award

posted Sep 16, 2014, 8:44 AM by Josie Maroney   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 8:45 AM ]

Rural Health Network of SCNY Receives AmeriCorps Grant Award

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the Rural Health Network of South Central New York (RHN) has received an AmeriCorps Grant Award of $313,806 for the 2014-2015 program from the New York State Commission on National & Community Service.  In addition to the federal grant award, private funding and in-kind donations of $265,534 will support over 30 AmeriCorps Members providing essential health-related services throughout South Central New York.  This is the seventh consecutive AmeriCorps grant awarded to RHN. 

Jack Salo, Executive Director of RHN, said: “Our Board of Directors, staff, and AmeriCorps partners are excited about the award and the level of service it will support in our region.  With this award, our Rural Health Service Corps – AmeriCorps (RHSC) program begins a new, multi-year initiative that will target critical health issues, hunger, and transportation needs in our rural region.”

AmeriCorps members will serve with the following organizations: RHN; SUNY Upstate Medical University – Dr. Garabed A. Fattal Community Free Clinic, Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of S.C.N.Y., Tioga County Health Department, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, United Way of Broome County, Windsor EMS, Mobility Management of S.C.N.Y., Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County, Farm Catskills, Broome County Office for Aging, Broome County Promise Zone, Broome County Council of Churches (CHOW, Faith in Action, and Ramp it Up), and VINES.

Sharon Chesna, Executive Director of Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network of South Central New York, said: “With the award of the AmeriCorps grant to RHN we are now able to begin the Rural Health Connections Project, which will train five full-time AmeriCorps members to assist rural residents throughout the region with health-related needs. We are currently working with RHN to recruit for these positions which will be filled over the next two months. The members will conduct outreach and provide information on health services, including health insurance available through the NYS Marketplace.  AmeriCorps members will also teach health literacy to ensure that those who are newly insured know how to use their health insurance to help maintain and improve their family’s health.”

The Rural Health Service Corps – AmeriCorps program is currently recruiting for full-time and part-time AmeriCorps positions for the 2014-2015 program with full-time positions starting September- November 2014.  Full-time AmeriCorps Members serve for 11 or 12 months and receive a $12,100 stipend, a $5,645 Education Award upon completion of service, and federal student loan forbearance while in service. For more information or to apply, go to: www.ruralhealthnetwork.org/AmeriCorps or call 607-692-7669.

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