Rural communities are often challenged with difficult issues including population loss, economic decline, loss of essential services, and higher incidences of many chronic diesease, when compared to their urban counterparts. RHNSCNY recognizes that just as many of these challenges are interrelated, and so should be the actions taken to improve quality of life and economic/community visibility at all levels. Working toward a holistic and comprehensive approach to improving rural health and rural life, RHNSCNY is involved in the following projects and activities:
Rural Health Service Corps
The Rural Health Service Corps (RHSC) is an AmeriCorps (www.americorps.gov) National Service Program administered by RHNSCNY. The purpose of RHSC is to provide meaningful service opportunities for young people committed to improving the health and lives of those living in South Central New York State. The RHSC offers full- and part-time placements in Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, and Tioga Counties. Members receive a living allowance and the Segal Educational Award for completion of the term of service. RHSC members are assigned to serve on priority projects including health care access, health education, food system work, and EMT positions. Members serve with RHNSCNY directly or with a host agency.
For more information on the Rural Health Service Corps, click here.
Tioga County Healthy Communities Partnership
The Tioga County Healthy Communities Partnership
(TCHCP) is a collaborative community health project that focuses on policy,
systems, and environmental changes that support and lead to a healthier
population. The organization meets monthly at various locations throughout
Tioga County, and meetings are open to any interested organizations, schools,
municipalities, and businesses serving Tioga County.
Please click here for more information TCHCP's activities and to find out how you can be involved. If you would like to join the partnership, please contact Joy Stalker at (607) 692-7660 or toll-free at (888) 603-5973, or Rebecca Lewis at the Tioga County Health Department at (607) 687-8607.
The TCHCP Facebook page can be found here.
Healthy Communities - Northern Broome
HC-NB currently focuses on three priorities: 1) the creation of a community center; 2) access to healthy foods for all community members; and 3) the creation of a skateboard park in the Northern Broome County area. An action group has formed around each of these three priorities, and the groups are meeting regularly. The Healthy Communities – Northern Broome partnership continues to meet monthly.
Healthy Communities – Northern Broome is bringing people together with a goal of revitalizing community interest and involvement. For more information on HC-NB, or to be added to the e-mail distribution list, please contact Joy Stalker at (607) 692-7669. Click here to join the HC-NB Facebook page.
Local Foods Initiatives
RHNSCNY is working with a diverse groups of partners to explore and further develop a relationship between the health sector and local agriculture/food production. Development of a more viable local/community food system can realize multiple benefits, including health, social, and economic benefits, for rural communities. In October 2006, and again in 2008, 2010, and 2012, RHNSCNY hosted Growing Health, a celebration of healthy, locally grown foods.
RHNSCNY also provides administrative support for the Food & Health Network. This diverse group of partners includes farmers, farm organizations, and U.S.D.A. staff, health professionals, dieticians, Cornell Cooperative Extension staff, public school administrators and food service directors, and food bank and food pantry leaders.The purpose of the Food & Health Network is to promote and help implement policies and practices leading to increased use of nutritious, locally-produced foods, create food-secure communtiies, and improve the quality of life in South Central New York State.
For more information or to request inclusion on the Food & Health Network listserv, please visit the Food & Health Network website.
Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a community development and mobility initiative. This initiative is a coalition between the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership, and three community-based service providers. The coalition strives to enhance the lives and well-being of community members in Tioga County, particularly aging, disabled, homebound, and isolated residents, by providing access to needed services through transportation, information/referral and other informal caregiving support services. The Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors Coordinator, currently working under Rural Health Network of South Central New York, supports the coalition and works to expand Neighbors Helping Neighbors networks and services throughout Tioga County. In addition, a Rural Health Service Corps AmeriCorps VISTA member provides support for sustainable resource development and promotion. For more information, please visit the Tioga County Neighbors Helping Neighbors webpage. For additional information, please contact Heather Kirkland by phone (607) 760-2926 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.