Making Democracy Work

Health Care

December 2018 Meeting

The Health Committee will meet on January 8th at 1-3pm at the Niskayuna Public Library.

Elizabeth Campisi will be our guest speaker and will show the film Resilience. She will discuss the ACE screening tool for childhood trauma and work being done in Schenectady to identify children with trauma and to build resilience in the community. All League members are welcome to join us.

If there is a snow day please check to see if the library is open as we will need to cancel the program if it is closed.

The Library closes if the schools close.

Please contact Carol Furman with any questions.

November Health Committee Report

The Health Committee is planning to study The New York Health Act and to invite the showing of a film on the Act as well as a speaker to discuss the proposed legislation. This is a single payer plan which was described by the RAND Corporation as capable of extending coverage in New York as well as reducing overall costs. If you are interested in joining the Health Committee please contact Carol Furman

Falls Prevention Project

The Health Committee has facilitated three meetings of a Falls Prevention Workgroup made up of area organizations that provide services to seniors as part of a collaboration with Schenectady Coalition For a Healthy Community. Work towards the goal of reducing falls among seniors that results in injury and death is being encouraged and supported by the NYS Department of Health.

This year the State Health Department is funding some free training for providers, for programs for increasing balance and strengthening and other interventions to help seniors remain active and in the community as they age.

The Workgroup is focused on increasing the number of persons trained to provide successful falls prevention programs and the access to those programs. In addition, the group would like to identify what resources the County has for both prevention programs and home modification services.

If you are interested in working with the Health Committee on this project, contact Carol Furman, 346-2746.