Our Mission

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

Areas of Focus

Advocacy

Bringing awareness to the unique needs facing rural communities.

Education

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

Food

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

Transportation

Improving transportation access and coordination in South Central New York.

Well-being

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   

Our Impact

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Today, July 10th, is Chronic Disease Day. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and arthritis are the leading cause of disability and death not only in New York State, but across the country. More than 40% of adults in New York State suffer from a chronic disease, and these diseases are responsible for 23% of state hospitalizations. 6 out of every 10 deaths in New York State are caused by chronic diseases, with heart disease and cancer accounting for over half of them. Globally, almost 1.7 million people die from chronic diseases. Though chronic diseases are common and expensive to treat, many of them are preventable and manageable. By practicing healthy lifestyle choices such as eating nutritious foods, doing physical activity, and communicating effectively with your health care provider, you can better manage your chronic disease and avoid complications, allowing you to live a healthier and happier life. These are all things you can learn about in our Chronic Disease Self-Management Workshop. Attached are a few links that include more statistics about chronic disease, as well as additional information on the background of specific types of chronic diseases: buff.ly/3XEuyM5.buff.ly/45D7CPibuff.ly/3Xxt6LEbuff.ly/3XHlGFB ... See MoreSee Less
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Rural Health Network just hosted the second Ready for Weather training session!Join us next week to learn about the resources available across Broome, Tioga, andDelaware counties before, during, and after a natural disaster. Everyone who attends will take home free items to help stay safe during extremeweather, and the information you need to create a family safety plan. Those who attend all 5 trainings will earn their choice of a $10 gas or grocery gift card.The Ready for Weather series will continue at 1 PM every Tuesday in July at RuralHealth Network, 455 Court St. Binghamton.Registration is required. Click on the link to sign up: buff.ly/3VKxUvDIf you have any questions, contact Brianna Wynne at bwynne@rhnscny.org.See you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Although the rates of mental illness in some BIPOC groups are comparable or slightly lower than in White people, mental illness among BIPOC is likely to be more persistent and BIPOC often bear a disproportionately high burden of disability resulting from mental diseases (APA, n.d.). Research suggests that a lack of culturally sensitive screening tools that detect mental illness, coupled with structural barriers could contribute to the underdiagnosis of mental illness among people of color (Ndugga et al., 2024). But regardless of minority status, consider taking a free, private online mental health screening: buff.ly/3vcJsb8 Remember – when we begin to heal ourselves, we heal our communities. ... See MoreSee Less
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