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March Health Committee

The Health Committee will meet on April 9th at 9:30am in Proctor's Arcade to discuss plans for the April 25th forum on the Opioid Epidemic. A number of representatives from Schenectady services involved in responding to the epidemic will participate in the forum. Contact Carol Furman with any questions.

February Health Meeting

The Health committee will meet on February 14th at 11am in the Swanker Conference Room at the main branch of the public library.

We will explore the possibility of holding a forum on the opioid epidemic in the spring.

We will discuss possible speakers to include and potential dates.

All are welcome to join us and help us plan.

Call Carol Furman for further information.

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.