Rural New Yorkers Face Health Care Challenges
Please take a moment to watch Helen Evans, the president of the New York State Association for Rural Health, in a Capital Tonight interview from this Tuesday. As rural areas in New York State struggle to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, advocates are calling for a commitment and focus on rural health from the state of New York.
We hope that the past reduction in funding for the Rural Healthcare Access and Network Development program will be restored. Access to health care professionals, facilities, and community-based programming remains a critical issue for many New Yorkers who live in rural parts of the state. Click here to watch.
Cattaraugus County's overdose deaths have decrease by 21%
A recent article by Jim Malatras took a look at the “A Regional View of Drug Deaths in New York State During the Height of COVID-19". Malatras was able to look at data that shows drug deaths in NYS have increased drastically in 2020, higher than the numbers at the height of the opioid crisis in 2017. He was able to break down the data by region and counties to compare drug deaths from 2019 to 2020. This article was quite interesting and showed that Cattaraugus County's deaths have decrease by 21% where many other counties have seen over 100% increase.
The Moving Forward Together Coalition has been making great strides to increase access to allow individuals to get the treatment needed in their own community. Most recently, our program coordinator Jordan Yaros has been working with two Catchafire volunteers to create a video that provides Tips and Best Practices for Providers when they are hosting tele-health sessions. You can watch the video by clicking here!