2023 Enterprising Business Award
STWHWP Fall Convening
Alicia and I had the opportunity to attend the Fall Convening meeting of the Southern Tier West Health Workforce Partnership earlier this week. This partnership was created for a HRSA award, with Jamestown Community College, The Chautauqua Center, Universal Primary Care, The Resource Center, Chautauqua Integrated Delivery System IPA, and the Chautauqua Health Network working together to tackle health workforce shortages in the Southern Tier. During the meeting, we shared updates on the Cattaraugus and Allegany counties' Speed Networking events for care coordinators and discussed our Step Into Healthcare academy. Collaborating with such dedicated partners was great; we look forward to continuing our work together.
Step Into Healthcare Career Academy
We're excited to announce that we have started the second session of the Step Into Healthcare Career Academy. This program is designed to introduce high school students to healthcare careers. It is an exciting program that provides hands-on experience, tours of local facilities, and guest speakers to help students learn about different health professions. The first two sessions were a big success. This week, we visited JCC's Nursing Program on Monday and Olean General Hospital on Wednesday. Over the next several weeks, we will explore EMS, outpatient therapies, CPR, and first aid. Jordan has done an outstanding job recruiting and coordinating this program, and we are eagerly looking forward to the next seven weeks!
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month
This month, our Safe Kids Coordinator, Sydney, is working hard to raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO poisoning becomes a greater concern when it is colder, and people rely on heaters, furnaces, and stoves for warmth. What makes CO particularly hazardous is that it is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea, fainting, and even death.
Our Safe Kids Coalition is emphasizing the importance of protecting yourself and your loved ones from CO poisoning. You can do this by installing and regularly testing CO alarms, conducting routine checks on fuel-burning appliances, using kitchen vents, refraining from using generators and charcoal grills indoors, and never leaving cars running in attached garages.