ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Public Health has been awarded $25,300 from the New York State Health Foundation.
The grants from the private, statewide foundation are meant to help local health departments implement their plans and advance the New York State Department of Health prevention agenda.
Through the competitive grant process, 17 organizations were awarded funds, covering 28 counties.
Essex County will use its Health Foundation funds to expand the role of schools and worksites in adopting and promoting healthy nutrition practices and environments.
“As a rural community, we have strength in knowing our community partners and having solid relationships with these partners,” Essex County Public Health Director Linda Beers said in a news release.
“Our work will involve building upon existing initiatives, sharing knowledge and leveraging resources.”
Beers identified schools and workplaces as community assets and places that have great influence on the health of community members.
The project relies on input and participation of stakeholder groups at each location to guide the work and assure it will be sustainable over time, the release said.
Beers described the project as supporting the expansion of nurturing school and workplace environments so they become places where making the healthy choice is an easy choice.
Find the Essex County Public Health's Community Health Improvement Plan at: www.co.essex.ny.us/publichealth.