Essex Center to host Meet & Greet on Friday

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Meet & Greet will take place at Essex Center, 81 Park St. from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, to introduce the community health advocate and facilitated enrollment specialist.

An information seminar for community, residents and staff, the event will explain how community health advocates provide information on what public health insurance programs exist, what they cover and who is eligible to apply. They assist consumers to access health care and this prevents untreated health conditions, medical debts and gaps in insurance coverage. They provide post enrollment support to individuals and small businesses regarding health insurance concerns and they also provide assistance with applications for Medicaid and solve problems with current plan providers and mediation.

 A facilitated enrollment specialist helps consumers with disabilities, who are older than 65 and have long-term needs in a spend-down situation or who need assistance with trusts.

Sun screen dispensers to be located around Clinton County 

PLATTSBURGH — The Clinton County Health Department is among a dozen winners of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield's Fall 2017 Community Health Awards across the Utica/Rome/North Country Region.

It will use its award to purchase and install sun screen dispensers in key locations across the county in an effort to support safe sun practices among residents taking advantage of the county's many outdoor recreational opportunities.

A resident survey completed in 2016 intended to assess the practice of sun safety behaviors among Clinton County residents found that only about 1 in 5 residents reported always using sunscreen while outdoors, a press release said.

"Looking to identify ways to improve these statistics, CCHD also inquired if residents would use sunscreen dispensers if they were available," it said. "Nearly 60% of respondents said they would, leading the department to develop the Clinton County Sun Safety Initiative."

"The company's Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan," said Eve VandeWal, regional president ofExcellus BlueCross BlueShield, in the release.

"These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York."

"It has been exciting to take feedback directly from residents and to use it to make change in our community that supports better health. We very often recommend residents get out and be more physically active. It makes a lot of sense that we also support the practice of sun safe behaviors as they do,"said Mandy Snay, director of the Division of Health Planning & Promotion at Clinton County Health, in the release.

The Health Department is in the process of identifying locations and community partners that they will work with to assure upkeep of the dispensers in the years ahead. Dispensers will be installed this spring.

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