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County To Further Scrutinize Options For Health Care Programs

A resolution to initiate a request for proposals to explore alternatives for home health care in the county was sent back to the committee level at this month’s legislature meeting. Legislators have several questions about how this will impact the county’s employees and budget. New York State is no longer providing state aid reimbursements to counties for their Certified Home Health Agency (CHHA) and Long Term Care (LTC) programs.

Take A Walk For Health Benefits

What exercise is free, takes a minimal amount of equipment, can be done almost anywhere and has wonderful health benefits? The answer is walking. The weather is wonderful right now and I have had patients say that it feels so good to get outdoors and walk.

OCO Mental Health Division Raising Awareness

Carolyn Hart, coordinator of OCO’s Mental Health Department, prepares to bake some homemade chocolate chip cookies for the Community Organizations Fair held recently at Breitbeck Park in Oswego. In the background is Peg Thompson, mental health transitional living supervisor with OCO.

As part of Oswego County Opportunities (OCO)’s recognition of May as National Mental Health Awareness Month, the agency’s Mental Health Residential Program is looking to erase the fears or misconceptions that may exist in relation to psychiatric illness.

OCO Breast Health Program Participates In Race For The Cure

Carolyn Handville and her team show their support for a cure for breast cancer at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the back row from left are: Diane Blasczienski, Sheila Crandall, Allen Wert, Danielle Wert and Alicia Handville holding baby Marley. In the middle row from left are: Stephanie Guido, Jody Guido, Julia Smith, Sharon Margensey, Katie Batchelor, Ellen Holst and Heather Buckley. Front row from left are: Carolyn Handville holding baby Chase, Isaiah Williams, and Cheyanne Huller. Absent from the photo are team members, Kelly Baldwin, Jennifer Truax, Muriel Clark, Corte Spencer, Tricia Clark, Jane Peter, and Rick Smith.

Oswego County Opportunities’ Breast Health Program joined more than 10,000 runners, walkers and survivors at the New York State Fairgrounds for one of Central New York’s largest fundraisers, the 17th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, held May 14 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

Rural Health Network Asks How Does Tobacco Look On You?

Danielle Wert (left), coordinator of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County, meets with Diane Oldenburg, senior public health educator (center), and Abby Jenkins, program coordinator for the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County, to discuss the agency’s agenda to address the issue of tobacco use among women ages 14 to 24 in Oswego County.

Working in collaboration with the Tobacco Free Network of Oswego County and the Oswego County Health Department, The Rural Health Network of Oswego County is stepping up the effort to decrease point of sale advertising and to raise awareness of tobacco advertising and promotional materials aimed at the target population of women between the ages of 14 to 24.

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