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HANYS Provides Legislators Hospital Community Service Examples

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As part of HANYS’ state budget advocacy, HANYS is sending regular messages to the State Legislature describing outstanding hospital community health initiatives. These profiles illustrate the many ways that New York’s hospitals put patients first and the important work they do every day to improve community health. Today’s messages to the Legislature offer profiles of the following initiatives:

  • Bassett Healthcare and the Oneonta Family YMCA have teamed up to present “Kick-Start,” a program designed to help combat childhood obesity and to bring greater awareness of the risk factors of being overweight during early adolescence and the years beyond. Bassett’s efforts emphasize the value of early intervention, as childhood eating and exercise habits are modified more easily than adult habits. The Kick-Start program provides free access to clinical body mass index assessment, blood pressure measurement, glucose screening, and a consultation with a nurse practitioner. The program includes eight weeks of free exercise classes and nutritional education, roundtable discussions on healthy eating, and food shopping tips. Each participant is offered a follow-up health assessment and consultation at Bassett Healthcare.
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn sponsors a free community Smoking Cessation Support Group and Tobacco Education Program to address the health consequences of smoking and the growing health care needs of an under-served, diverse population. The programs aim to promote smoking cessation among adults, to increase awareness regarding exposure to environmental smoke, and to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among young people. The program includes tobacco prevention education outreach, a smoking cessation support group, a free nicotine patch program, hospital referrals, counselor visits to patients at bedside, and cessation counseling. The programs have reached 1,100 people at local schools, community-based organizations, and businesses.
  • The North Shore University Hospital Janet and John Raggio Nephrology Institute on Long Island offers a multi-faceted approach to assist communities in combating chronic kidney disease (CKD). Its mission is to heighten community awareness in CKD prevention, identify and educate community residents at risk for developing CKD, monitor their renal health, and prolong survival of those diagnosed with CKD. The Institute has participated in 104 health fairs and community events reaching more than 6,800 community residents. Additionally, 5,585 people participated in 228 health education workshops.

The entire collection of messages is available to members online. - Steven Kroll

Published February 13, 2008