Our Mission

Advance the health and well-being of rural people and communities

Areas of Focus


Bringing awareness to the unique needs facing rural communities.


Building knowledge, skills, and confidence through a range of community health interventions and educational programs.


Supporting programs and policies that bridge connections between local agriculture, food access and healthcare.


Improving transportation access and coordination in South Central New York.


Enhancing service planning and assessment, policy implementation, and program evaluation through coordination and collaboration.

"My VISTA experience showed me the importance and impact that programs and initiatives like those at Rural Health Network can have on individuals and communities."

-Caroline Russo
AmeriCorps VISTA Member 2016-2017   

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Happy World Health Day and last day of National Public Health Week! Everyone deserves the right to quality health care, including the support and access they need to live a healthy life.It's not too late to sign up for our Living Healthy workshop series, you can join us April 13th to start learning skills and techniques to manage symptoms related to your health conditions. Caregivers are welcome too! Contact Wendy Hitchcock at 607-788-6897 or whitchcock@rhnscny.org to learn more and to register!Read in detail on how our nation as a whole, including states, cities, communities, and of course, YOU, can help change the future of Public Health. buff.ly/3vt5LiE ... See MoreSee Less
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It’s the 6th day of National Public Health Week! Today’s theme is Emergency Preparedness. Unexpected events can sometimes happen with just a moment’s notice, and that’s why it is important to be ready for any situation. Emergency preparedness is not only about planning, having the right supplies, and knowing how to stay safe; it is also about protecting you, those around you, and your community. The website focuses on National Public Health Week, and details how other communities, cities, states, the country, and of course, you, can help lessen the severity and impact of emergencies, and prevent it all together. buff.ly/4aens4I ... See MoreSee Less
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Today’s theme for National Public Health Week is Reproductive and Sexual Health. We can work together to make sure people have access to accurate information, along with affordable, safe, and effective ways to develop and maintain healthy sexual practices. There is an alarming stigma surrounding Reproductive and Sexual Health. Some things we can do to make a difference and destigmatize reproductive and sexual care are get regular screenings, promote sexual education in schools, expand access to reproductive services, and fight discrimination in reproductive health care settings. Here are a couple of articles you can read about reducing the stigma around reproductive and sexual health care: buff.ly/3xaKmuYbuff.ly/43z0Zg3 ... See MoreSee Less
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Rural Health Network is delighted to have dedicated and engaged board members. We will continue to spotlight our board members periodically. This week, meet Alison Handy Twang! Alison is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Binghamton University. Prior to working for Binghamton University, she worked with us at Rural Health Network as the Assistant Director of the Rural Health Service Corps. Alison has a Master of Public Administration and a PhD in Community and Public Affairs from Binghamton University.Alison said "Growing up in a rural area, I have seen the importance of access to food, transportation and education in advancing the wellbeing of the community. I am proud to serve with an organization committed to strengthening our communities by looking holistically at the challenges and opportunities faced by rural people." ... See MoreSee Less
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