Community Health Needs and Opportunities in WNY's Southern Tier
The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York has issued a new report examining the state of community health in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. The report, Community Health Needs and Opportunities in Western New York’s Southern Tier, finds that overarching systemic needs rooted in the social determinants of health exist throughout these counties and are major contributors to health outcomes in the region. Transportation access, health care workforce shortages, under-funded community services, and the impact of poverty are among the factors named as contributing to health disparities in the region.
I was honored to be interviewed for the report. Please take the time to read the report here where Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. was one of the featured Rural Health Networks.
Kids in the Kitchen
Southern Tier Health Care System and our Safe Kids Southern Tier New York coalition is currently partnering with FeedMore WNY to host a free five-week Kids in the Kitchen Program. The Kids in the Kitchen course is designed to teach children about healthy eating in a fun and interactive way. The course offers a hands-on approach by allowing children to prepare their own food while learning about the nutritional benefits of each food group. The first session of Kids in the Kitchen took place this past Tuesday and was a great success! I want to thank Perry Schmidt of FeedMore WNY for working with Sydney to bring this great program to the Southern Tier.