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April 19, 2019 News Headlines

Community Health Spotlight – Greater Hudson Valley Health System bolsters students to reduce childhood obesity

More than a third of New York state school children are overweight or obese. In the Greater Hudson Valley Health System catchment area, 64% of school districts have rates of obese and overweight students that are higher than the state average. In an effort to decrease obesity rates and improve health outcomes for students in the community, GHVHS partnered with the American Heart Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eat Smart New York, Studio Ayo Fitness, local schools and camps to develop their Warrior Kids program.

To learn more about this initiative and its results, read our full story.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Community Health Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, addressing regional health disparities and delivering valuable benefits to local communities.

CMS approves children’s home and community-based service waiver

CMS announced the approval of two waiver amendments for New York’s Children’s Medicaid System Transformation. The goal of the Children’s Medicaid System Transformation is to streamline the care delivery system for high needs children in New York, expanding care management and adding new home and community-based services to the Medicaid benefit. The approved amendments include the 1915(c) waiver amendment which consolidates six previous waivers into a single waiver, making all children eligible for the same set of benefits, as well as the 1115 wavier amendment which adds certain Medicaid State Plan behavioral health services into the Medicaid managed care benefits and adds home and community-based services into the managed care benefit package. Contact: Victoria Aufiero

May 14 webinar: Doing Good While Doing Well

More and more investors are seeking to combine their personal values with their investment decisions without sacrificing long-term results. But, how important should the focus on socially responsible investing strategies be?

Join HANYS Benefit Services on May 14 at 11 a.m. for Doing Good While Doing Well, a free webinar that will explore socially responsible investing. Attending this webinar will help you determine if environmental, social and governance investing makes sense in your retirement plan.

Speakers William Desormeau, vice president, HANYS Benefit Services, and Eric Paley, partner, Nixon Peabody, will cover:

  • the potential value of ESG investing to investors and plan sponsors;
  • ESG investment fund ratings and reporting standards;
  • fiduciary oversight challenges for ESG investing and compliance best practices; and
  • key tools and resources for consideration.

Online registration is now open. Registration support: learning@hanys.org; HBS contact: William Desormeau