Cel­e­brat­ing ru­ral health

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MADI­SON COUNTY » Madi­son Coun­tyRu­ral Health Coun­cil will join the Na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tion of State Of­fices of Ru­ralHealth (NOSORH) and other state/na­tional ru­ral stake­hold­ers in cel­e­brat­ing Na­tional Ru­ral Health Day on Thurs­day, Nov. 16.

NOSORH cre­ated Na­tional Ru­ral Health Day as a way to show­case ru­ral Amer­ica; in­crease aware­ness of ru­ral health-re­lated is­sues; and pro­mote the ef­forts of NOSORH, State Of­fices of Ru­ral Health and oth­ers in ad­dress­ing those is­sues. Plans call for Na­tional Ru­ral Health Day to be­come an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion on the third Thurs­day of each Novem­ber.

Events rec­og­niz­ing Na­tional Ru­ral Health Day and “Cel­e­brat­ing the Power of Ru­ral” are be­ing planned through­out the na­tion. In Madi­son County, the Live Well Com­mit­tee of Madi­son County Ru­ral Health Coun­cil is plan­ning to mark the oc­ca­sion by en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to walka­Mon­dayMile near them. Mon­dayMiles may be found at the fol­low­ing lo­ca­tions: Oneida Rail Trail, Oneida Recre­ation Cen­ter, Brook­field Town Park, Stock­bridge School, Main St. Canas­tota, Mor­risville at Cor­nell Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion, DeRuyter Fair­grounds Track and in the vil­lage of DeRuyter.

Visit www.mcru­ral­health­coun­cil.org, click on “Whatwe do” and then “Mon­day Mile” for maps of each mile.

Ap­prox­i­mately 62 mil­lion peo­ple – nearly one in five Amer­i­cans – live in ru­ral and fron­tier com­mu­ni­ties through­out the United States. “These small towns, farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties and fron­tier ar-

eas are won­der­ful places to live and work; they are places where neigh­bors know each other and work to­gether,” said NOSORH Di­rec­tor Teryl Eisinger. “The hos­pi­tals and providers serv­ing these ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties not only pro­vide qual­ity pa­tient care, but they also help keep good jobs in ru­ral Amer­ica.”

These com­mu­ni­ties also face unique health­care needs. “Today more than ever, ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties must tackle ac­ces­si­bil­ity is­sues, a lack of health­care providers, the needs of an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion suf­fer­ing from a greater num­ber of chronic con­di­tions, and larger per­cent­ages of unand un­der­in­sured cit­i­zens,” Eisinger said. “Mean­while, ru­ral hos­pi­tals are threat­ened with de­clin­ing re­im­burse­ment rates and dis­pro­por­tion­ate fund­ing lev­els that makes it chal­leng­ing to serve their res­i­dents.”

State Of­fices of Ru­ral Health play a key role in ad­dress­ing those needs. 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. In the past year alone, State Of­fices of Ru­ral Health col­lec­tively pro­vided tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance to more than 28,000 ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

Lo­cally, the Madi­son County Ru­ralHealth Coun­cil sup­ports ru­ral cit­i­zens through pro­grams such the Na­tional Di­a­betes Pre­ven­tion Pro­gram, the Chronic Dis­ease Self-Man­age­ment Pro­gram, the de­vel­op­ment of Mon­day Miles in com­mu­ni­ties with high obesity rates, plan­ning for bet­ter ac­cess to trans­porta­tion and lead­ing a Work­site Well­ness Coali­tion to pro­mote the NY Sate Pre­ven­tion Pri­or­i­ties of 1) im­prov­ing the rate of col­orec­tal can­cer screen­ing in adults 50-75 years old; 2) re­duc­ing the rate of over­weight and obesity in Madi­son County.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion aboutNa­tion­alRu­ralHealth Day can be found at nosorh. org/nrhd. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www. nosorh.org. To learn more about Madi­son County Ru­ral Health Coun­cil, visit www.mcru­ral­health­coun­cil.org or fol­low the Ru­ral Health Coun­cil of Madi­son County Face­book page for up-to-date in­for­ma­tion.


On Na­tional Ru­ral Health Day 2016, mem­bers of the Live Well Com­mit­tee con­ducted a walk­ing meet­ing on the Oneida Rail Trail Mon­day Mile.

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