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Member Spotlight: Chenango County Health Department 

Our Member Spotlight for the month of February is the Chenango County Department of Public Health. Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, sat down with Christina Arnold, a Health Educator with the Department of Public Health, at her office in Norwich, NY to learn more about the work her agency is doing in Chenango County.
Currently in New York State there are 62 unique health departments, with one in every county across the state. Each department’s focuses are different, and are based on the individual health concerns of the population’s they serve. Based off of information found in Chenango County’s Community Health Assessment, currently 16.8% of the population lives below the federal poverty limit. Nearly 37% of adults and 20% of children are obese in the county, and according to Feeding America, 11.9% of the population is food insecure.    
Promoting nutrition and healthy lifestyles:
Addressing chronic diseases is a major priority for the Health Department, and we spent some time discussing different programs being used to promote nutrition, and prevent obesity. Christina shared that, “we touch on nutrition in a lot of different ways during the year," with a lot of attention focused on on obesity prevention. They currently receive support from the Chobani Corporation, which last year helped to launch a project with the Health Department called The Chobani Challenge. The program is a fitness initiative, and over 200 participants on 36 teams competed in exercise competitions aimed at improving individual health outcomes. Christina added her division is working on an obesity prevention initiative for kids with UHS Hospital called Stay Healthy Kids. The objective of that program is to reduce the number of obese school-age children in Chenango County, by educating them how to get fit and remain healthy. In addition to that work, Christina explained that they are also out in the community where they "talk about nutrition in many health fairs, and about (USDA’s) MyPlate with the kids, and also go into the classroom to talk about nutrition programs”.
To read our full interview with the Chenango County Health Department visit our Food for Thought blog by clicking here. Additionally, check out their Website here, or click here to go to their Facebook page. 

FaHN Helps to Host MLK Day Poverty Simulation

We collaborated with the Rural Health Service Corps and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau to coordinate a successful poverty simulation with a combined theme of food and racial justice. The simulation was held for students from Binghamton University’s Hinman College in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Close to 100 total participants came out to take part in the event, which aimed to simulate the lived experiences of low-income and food-insecure families. The simulation also sought to highlight some of the structural obstacles to socioeconomic mobility, personal health, happiness, and employment.

To read more about the poverty simulation visit our Food for Thought blog by clicking here.

Member's of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau share their insights on food insecurity, and poverty at the MLK Day poverty simulation at Hinman College.
Christian, FaHN Program Coordinator, leads a discussion with BU students, who shared their experiences from the simulation, and how they felt it reflected the realities of low-income families.

Food & Farm Policy

The John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future hosted a webinar in early January titled "Finding Our Way Through the Political Fog: What's Next for Food Policy in America", which discussed how the 2016 election results will impact food and farm policy priorities. Watch a recording of the webinar by clicking here

The Root Cause Coalition hosted a webinar on advocacy titled, "Advocating for Social Determinant Interventions in Uncertain Times". You can hear a recording of the webinar by clicking here.

2016 Public Policy Priorities: Check out the key policy priorities that Hunger Solutions New York, the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition will be working on over the next year.

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February 6, 2017
Monday, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
Urban Food Gardening
Greenstar Community Food Projects, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County & Tompkins County Public Gardening, Tompkins Public Library
Register here.
February 10, 2017
Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Growing Success for Direct Market Farmers
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY
Register here.
February 13, 2017 - March 20, 2017
Six week course every Monday, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Healthy Meals for Your Family Classes
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie & Otsego Counties, Cobleskill, NY
Click here for more information.
March 1, 2017 
Wednesday, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Farmer2Farmer Discussion Group: Brand Identity & Narrative Development for Farm & Food Businesses 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY
Click here for more information.

Save the Date! 
2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference
May 17, 2017
Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY
Click here for more information.

Volunteer Conference
April 26, 2017 
Double Tree by Hilton, Binghamton, NY
Sponsored by United Way of Broome County and Co-Sponsored by Rural Health Network and VAST. 
Click here for more information.

Chef Ann Foundation: Project Produce: Fruit & Veggie Grants for Schools. No application deadline. Learn more here.

GRO1000: Grassroots Grant: Applications close February 20, 2017. Learn more here.

Anthem Foundation Grants: Cycle one application due February 24, 2017. Learn more here.

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants: Applications should be postmarked no later than February 28, 2017. Learn more here.

Ag Industry Enhancement Grant- Southern Tier: Period 3: January 16, 2017 - March 6, 2017. Learn more here. 

USDA Local Food Promotion and Farmers' Market Program 
Applications due by March 27, 2017. Learn more here. 

New York Policy Manager, American Farmland Trust
AFT seeks an energetic and dedicated professional to provide leadership in coordinating AFT's public policy agenda in New York, which includes policy research and education, grassroots and direct advocacy and outreach and communications. This individual will be expected to travel on a limited basis throughout New York with modest travel outside the state for organizational meetings and programs. Learn more here.

Value Chain Facilitator, Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship 
CADE is currently seeking a Value Chain Facilitator to increase farm revenues through the introduction of regional products and producers to new buyers in Upstate New York, New York City, and other sub/urban markets.  The ideal buyer reflects the farm to table movement with an emphasis on supporting small farmers. Learn more here.

Communications Specialist; Farming Assistant; Development & Fundraising Manager; Farming & Business Specialist, Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming

Groundswell's mission is to engage diverse learners and empower them with skills, knowledge and access to resources, so they can build sustainable land-based livelihoods and equitable local food systems. Learn more about their open positions here.

Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Family Enrichment Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition
Tioga County Hunger Coalition 
Tioga Opportunities
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Jeanne M. Darling
Christine Day
Ann Denniston 
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kathleen Horner
Kevin Millar
Diane O'Hora
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Susan Beaudoin
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Crews
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Katelyn Gascon
Matthew Griffin
Johan Jelsma
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry and Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place
Maggie Reeger
Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee

Greg Summerlee
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Shawn Yetter
Care Manage for All
Chenango County United Way
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Creekside Acres Farm/The Creekside Cook
Dutch Hill Creamery
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Galaxy Brewing Company
The Kitchen Store, Inc.
Lourdes Hospital
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
Slope Farms
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website

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