The Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego and Montgomery Counties to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

November 1, 2014

The Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego and Montgomery Counties (RHENSOM) will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 20.

National Rural Health Day showcases rural America by raising awareness of rural health-related issues and promoting the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues. Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation.

In our region, RHENSOM will mark the occasion by sponsoring a Rural Health Day Fair at the FoxCare Center (Rt. 7, Oneonta) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Rural Health Day Fair will feature:

  • Skin Cancer/Leg Vein Screening – New York Skin and Vein Center in Oneonta
  • Diabetes Management – FoxCare Center 
  • Tractor Roll-over Protection Systems – New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
  • Nutrition Information – Rural Health Education Network of Schoharie, Otsego, Montgomery (RHENSOM)
  • Great American Smokeout/NYS Smoker’s Quit-line – Bassett Research Institute 
  • Flu and lead poisoning prevention materials – Otsego Public Health 
  • Blood Pressure Screening – New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health
  • Vision Screening – Oneonta Eye and Laser Center at FoxCare Center
  • Cancer Services Program

Nearly 62 million people – about one in five Americans – live in rural communities throughout the U.S. “Hospitals and providers serving these rural communities provide quality patient care and help keep good jobs in rural America,” notes NOSORH Director Teryl Eisinger. These communities also face unique health care needs. “Today more than ever, rural communities must tackle accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens,” Eisinger says. “Meanwhile, rural hospitals are threatened with declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that makes it challenging to serve their residents.”

All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to, and the quality of, health care for its rural citizens. The NYS Department of Health, through the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health, funds 34 Rural Health Networks, playing a key role in addressing the needs of rural communities in New York State.

In our area for example, RHENSOM supports rural citizens through health promotion and disease prevention programs for chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes as well as dental health education in schools, work sites and communities.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found on the Web at www.celebratepowerofrural.org. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www.nosorh.org; to learn more about RHENSOM, visit http://www.rhensom.org/.
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Editors: Teryl Eisinger can be reached at (586) 739-9940 or teryle@nosorh.org; RHENSOM Director, Tom Hohensee can be reached at (607) 547-4415 or thomas.hohensee@bassett.org

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