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Rural Health

A shortage of primary care providers, distance from medical centers, and a lack of resources are all issues that inhibit the quality of care rural health care networks are able to provide. The challenges these health care networks face are diverse: in Chautauqua County, the closure of a hospital’s maternity unit put the health of the area’s expecting mothers and newborn children at serious risk; in Glens Falls, the high incidence of diabetes among the population has strained the local hospital’s ability to provide high-quality care; and in Jefferson County, a variety of improvements are needed to ensure the health care system provides its patients with high-quality care.

NYSHealth is committed to helping these communities address the challenges they face, and support grantees that work with rural communities across the New York to develop solutions tailored to each community’s needs. Learn more about some of these initiatives:

New York University School of Medicine
Enhancing Rural Health Surveillance by Using Geospatial Analysis to Identify Local Disease Hot Spots

New York Academy of Medicine
Creating a Project ECHO Evaluation Guide and Toolkit

Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center
Strengthening the North Country’s Primary Care Provider Pipeline

Clinton County Health Department
Overcoming Obstacles to Food Access in Clinton County

Foundation of Champlain Valley Physicians Hosptials
Shape Up Clinton County: Activating Public Spaces and Opportunities for Healthy Living

University of Rochester


North Country Family Health Center
Improving Operations and Revenue Management

Foundation for Long Term Care, Inc.
Long Term Care and Services in Rural New York: Building a Sustainable and Replicable System

Hudson Headwaters Health Network


Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Centers, Inc.
Exploring Expansion into the Southern Tier and the Catskills

Refuah Health Center
Supporting a Healthy Community: Expanding Services in Sullivan County

North Country Children’s Clinic
North Country Adult Care

Family Health Network of Central New York
Clean Teeth = Better Health: Rural Dental Expansion

Oak Orchard Community Health Center
Preserving and Expanding Primary Care Capacity in Wyoming County, New York

Finger Lakes Community Health
Aligning Priorities with Expanded Capacity

Southern Tier Community Health Center Network, Inc.
Primary Care Expansion in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties

North East Community Council, Inc.
“Freedom Bus”: Eastern Dutchess Medical Transportation

Rural Health Network of South Central New York, Inc.
Preserving and Expanding Volunteer Health and Emergency Services in South Central New York

New York University - College of Nursing
Expanding the Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE) Program to Rural New York State Hospitals

Smith House Health Care Center
Creating Primary Care Access in Dannemora

Northern New York Rural Behavioral Health Institute
HealthNet: Mental Health Services for North Country Elders

S2AY Rural Health Network Inc.
Making it Easy: Planning a Rural Strategy to Increase Enrollment in Healthy NY


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