Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – As part of its celebration of National Rural Health Day, Oswego County Opportunities will recognize its healthcare providers as Healthcare Champions.
Established by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), National Rural Health Day, Nov. 17, showcases rural America; increases awareness of rural health-related issues; and promotes the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues.
Beginning on National Rural Health Day, and continuing throughout November OCO’s Rural Health Network of Oswego County will be promoting its healthcare providers as Healthcare Champions. Penny Halstead of OCO’s Health Services explains. “OCO’s providers and the more than 20 members of the Rural Health Network share a deep concern for the patients they serve in Oswego County’s many rural areas. They are aware of the vital role they play in the overall health of our county and are true Champions,” said Halstead.
OCO’s medical staff is comprised of a talented group of professionals who represent a number of healthcare specialties and provide a wide range of services. Staff at OCO’s Fulton Health Center include: Marie Desravines, MD, Family Practice; Farzana Chaudhary, MD, Pediatrics; Sanjay Ramachandran, MD, Family Practice; Heidi Czajkowski, PA, Family Practice/ Women’s Heath and Linda Troia, PA, Family Practice/ Women’s Heath and Samantha Sheggrud, PA, Family Practice.
“We are proud of our healthcare providers and happy to be raising the public’s awareness of the work that they do,” added Halstead.
As part of their celebration for its healthcare providers, OCO is placing Health Care Champions boxes in their Fulton and Oswego Health Centers, as well as in the offices of other providers within the Rural Health Network of Oswego County. This promotion will not only highlight that office’s Health Care Champions, but also serves as a collection box for personal hygiene items. “Our providers have indicated that there is a significant need for personal hygiene products, as these items cannot be purchased with food stamps. All personal hygiene products collected will be donated to area human service agencies,” said Halstead.
According to the ‘Oswego Counts- County Wide Human Services Needs Assessment’ conducted by the United Way of Greater Oswego County in 2010, “the unemployment rate in Oswego County is historically one of the highest in New York State.” As a result of this, 18.6% of children and youth in Oswego County live in poverty. Many people in the county live on a fixed income and simply cannot afford the spike in prices of many living expenses, and this may mean a family could go without personal hygiene items.
For more information on National Rural Health Day contact Halstead at 315-592-0721 or visit www.celebratepowerofrural.org