Openings set for ADK Health diabetes education program

SARANAC LAKE — Registration is open for Adirondack Health’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Program.

The program will begin on Wednesday, April 24, and run for six consecutive weeks on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Redfield Boardroom at Adirondack Medical Center – Saranac Lake.

The estimated number of people living with diabetes has grown to 30 million, making it America’s most pervasive chronic condition, according to a press release.

The program assists those initially diagnosed with diabetes in getting their self-care off to an effective start.

For those who have had the disease for some time, the program offers reminders on how to continue the high level of self-care that is essential for controlling metabolism, managing complications and maintaining a high quality of life.

 Individuals diagnosed with pre-diabetes may also find this program effective in helping to prevent disease progression.

Anyone interested should call 518-354-0429 to register by phone.

Physician referral is required for insurance and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement of the program fee. Scholarships are available through the Adirondack Health Foundation.

5K Forward raises money for youth summer prevention programming

PLATTSBURGH — Champlain Valley Family Center for Drug Treatment and Youth Services Inc. invites businesses and individuals interested in promoting recovery and prevention of substance use to sponsor the annual 5K Forward for Recovery.

The race, set for Saturday, June 8, at Plattsburgh City Beach, both celebrates recovery and provides funding for CVFC’s Summer

Youth Prevention Program. This year, 50 students representing five North Country school districts will participate.

The Prevention Program welcomes North Country youth transitioning into middle school to a supportive learning experience. pairing evidence-based practices and adventure-based learning for a full week of skill-building during the summer and six weekly group sessions during the school year to foster a healthy school transition and reduce risk for substance use.

Sponsors must provide their donation by April 30 to qualify for the perks outlined below.

Gold Sponsors ($500 or more): Two complimentary race registrations and their logo and company name on the race T-shirt, banner, marketing/press materials, track signs and social media promotion.

Silver Sponsors ($200 to $499): Company name on the race T-shirt, banner, marketing/press materials, track signs and social media promotion.

Bronze Sponsors (up to $199): Social media promotion and names highlighted on the day of the event.

Gold and Silver sponsors are invited to provide branded promotional items for the runner gift bags.

Sponsor payment checks can be made payable to Champlain Valley Family Center (“5K FWD” in notes) and mailed or delivered to Nichole Christiansen, CVFC, 20 Ampersand Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

Champlain Valley Family Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

Health Department outreach program focuses on safety 

PLATTSBURGH — The Healthy Neighborhoods Program of the Clinton County Health Department will be conducting door-to-door outreach and offering in-home surveys in the Town of Plattsburgh through this month, May and June.

The brief in-home surveys are designed to identify and educate residents on health and safety concerns.

Healthy Neighborhoods may provide home safety products depending upon the needs of the household.

During the home visit, education will be provided regarding fire and bum safety, carbon monoxide, poisoning prevention, lead poisoning prevention, asthma, injury prevention and many other health and safety topics. Information about community resources and referrals to other programs are offered as needed.

Participation in the Healthy Neighborhoods Program is free and open to all Clinton County residents.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Healthy Neighborhoods at 518-565-4870 or

Big Change Roundup raises record sum

BURLINGTON — The annual Big Change Roundup for Kids raised $339,663 to support specialized care provided at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.

The roundup is the largest fundraiser each year for the hospital, and this is the largest preliminary total in the 14-year history of the event, outpacing last year’s mark of $331,000, a press release said.

The three-month-long coin-collecting campaign is a joint project of the UVM Children’s Hospital and WOKO-FM, with support from hundreds of local businesses and community groups, and thousands of volunteers from throughout the region.

Key sponsors this year include Maplefields, New England Federal Credit Union, Walmart, Med Associates, Inc. and McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli.

“We are so grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from people of all ages throughout Vermont and northern New York,” said Dr. Lewis First, chief of pediatrics at the UVM Children’s Hospital, in the release.

“It’s a wonderful reflection of the commitment this region has to providing the best possible health care for children.”

Money was raised in a wide variety of ways from door to door campaigns, school events, dance marathons and daily collections at businesses throughout the region.

The funds help pay for medical equipment and Child Life activities among other programs and services. Because donations will continue to come in after today’s final event, a revised total will be released in several weeks.

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Citizen Advocates to open Massena outpatient clinic

MALONE — Citizen Advocates is expanding into St. Lawrence County with an integrated behavioral health outpatient clinic opening in April.

An integrated clinic offers both mental health and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services, similar to those currently offered at Citizen Advocates’ outpatient clinics in Malone and Saranac Lake.

The new clinic will be located at 25 Hospital Drive on the campus of Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena.

“We currently provide treatment to a large population from St. Lawrence County at our clinic in Malone,” said Reid Anthony, CEO of Citizen Advocates, in a press release.

In 2017, Citizen Advocates’ clinics served 407 people from St. Lawrence County, a figure that has increased by 42 percent since 2015.

Roughly 85 percent of the individuals served reside in Massena, Potsdam, Brasher Falls, North Lawrence, Winthrop, Norwood and Norfolk.

To schedule an appointment or for additional information, call 315-764-8076.


Scholarships available for New York nurses

ALBANY — Applications are now being accepted from New York state-registered and licensed practical nurses for the 2019 Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship.

Nurses looking to pursue or expand a career in home and community-based care are urged to apply for scholarships of up to $6,000 that can be used to pursue an entrepreneurial dream in home and community-based care, or for tuition, books, specialty training and education, and other educational-related expenses.

“This scholarship fund provides critical financial support for nurses looking to maximize opportunities in the home-care industry,” Kathy Febraio, president of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers Inc., said in a press release.

The Edna A. Lauterbach Scholarship fund was established in memory of the late Edna Lauterbach, a nurse and pioneer in the home care industry who believed that skilled nurses are essential to home care.

The fund is sponsored by Community Health Services Foundation Inc., an affiliate of the New York State Association of Health Care Providers Inc.

The deadline for scholarship applications is June 1. Scholarship winners will be publicly announced at HCP’s annual Management Conference & Exhibition in October.

The deadline application is June 1.

Learn more and apply at, or contact Marissa Crary at or 518-463-1118, Ext. 824.

CVPH recognizes RNs with national specialty certifications 

PLATTSBURGH — The 191 registered nurses at University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital with national specialty certifications significantly contribute to the high quality care provided at the Plattsburgh facility, hospital leaders say.

Certification gives a third-party acknowledgment of a nurse’s knowledge for practice in a specific area such as critical care, medical/surgical, trauma care or wound care among many others, a press release said.

According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016, more than 769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications granted by 28 certifying organizations.

“Nurses who obtain certification demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to their patients and their professional growth," CVPH Chief Nursing Officer Carrie Howard Canning said in a press release.

Patients who are cared for by these nurses benefit from their advanced knowledge, expertise and experience. We are so fortunate that so many of our nurses have achieved and maintained these certifications,” 

Earning certification requires hours of study and preparation followed by testing to validate their understanding and competency. This process can take up to a year to complete.

While obtaining and maintaining certification at CVPH is a voluntarily endeavor, there are scholarships and financial incentives available to nurses who elect to further their education.

CVPH celebrated the recent Certified Nurse Day by recognizing the 191 certified RNs and promoting awareness about certification opportunities and benefits.

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