CEO Update
DSRIP Focus Group
I participated Thursday in a focus group in Elmira on the NYS Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program. I’d like to thank the Center for Human Services Research at the University at Albany for coordinating the session to allow health care stakeholders an opportunity to share our experiences with the DSRIP Program. Moving forward, it is my hope that Community Based Organizations (CBOs) will be included more into the DSRIP program which will lead to collaborations and innovative projects for improvements in clinical care and overall population health.

International Walk to School Day
STHCS staff met Thursday with Safe Kids Southern Tier New York (SKSTNY) coalition partners to plan the upcoming International Walk to School Day event on Wednesday, Oct. 2. We plan to partner with Washington West Elementary School of the Olean City School District, with some help from corporate sponsor FedEx. In October of every year, millions of children from countries around the world participate in International Walk to School Day. The events raise community and global awareness about walking safety and promote healthy behavior. Since the beginning of the program, more than 8.2 million students around the world have joined with nearly 16,000 FedEx volunteers in 10,000 schools for International Walk to School Day – Walk This Way’s largest and most widespread activity.
 
I’d like to thank our Prevention Coordinator, Jordan Taylor, for taking the lead for the meeting and also the coalition members for participating in Thursday’s planning session. The planning session led to many great ideas for our coalition’s first International Walk to School Day, such as involvement of local police and fire departments and hosting a classroom contest for friendly competition amongst the classrooms at Washington West. If you or your organization are interested in participating or are aware of other school districts participating in this international event, please call (716) 372-0614.
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