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Projects And Initiatives


Health Care Access
Comprehensive Guide to Health insurance in Wayne County, providing information about all health insurance options available in Wayne County.  Presentations of the project are available to groups of employers, agencies and faith based organizations by request. The committee also sponsors several facilitated enrollers each month at various sites throughout Wayne County. The committee also has completed a comprehensive guide to Prescription Drug Programs for individuals without drug coverage.  This project also funds a “Health Care Navigator” who assists people to access needed health care.

Medical Transportation
In cooperation with WATS, the Department of Social Services and other county agencies, as well as hospitals and dialysis centers in the five county area, WCRHN facilitated the development of a system of medical shuttles to create affordable transportation to medical appointments and dialysis treatments for Wayne County residents.

Wayne Rx Card
New for 2007, Wayne County Rural Health Network has developed a county-wide prescription drug discount program.  The program is free and does not require any fees/co-payments or application.  All pharmacies in the county participate in the program and the card provides 20 to 50% discount on retail prescription drug costs.  This program benefits the uninsured and the underinsured of Wayne County.  To date, residents have saved more than $ 20,000 on their prescription by using this card.

In collaboration with Rushville Health Center, Inc. and with the Finger Lakes Dental Group, this project provides a sliding scale subsidy for dental services for the uninsured and underinsured in Wayne County, including dental hygiene services in Wayne County Public schools.  More than 1,000 school children have received dental services through this project. In August 2007, the Wayne County Rural Health Network completed a survey of all dentists practicing in Wayne County, collecting information about locations, insurances accepted, hours and services, etc.    Survey Results

Housing Consortium
In support of the Wayne County Housing consortium, the WCRHN supports the research and grant seeking efforts of the consortium to provide transitional housing for the homeless.  The network’s support has been leveraged to provide more than $ 200,000 in funding for the count’s homeless.

Emergency Crisis Respite Program 
A collaborative partnership with Wayne County Action Program, Inc., this initiative provides crisis respite and case management services to troubled youth and their families when no other services are available.  Administered by Wayne County Aging & Youth, this program has provided crisis management services to more than 400 youth over three years.

Cancer Screening Partnership of Wayne County 
As a partner, WCRHN supports the breast cancer screening and mammography program by providing direct support to advertise the free services and by assisting to document and measure the program’s success.  Also, new for 2007, the network has been instrumental to the partnership in receiving grant funds to provide free colorectal screening to men and women and to provide ovarian cancer education to women.  More than 500 individuals per year are served through these programs.

SANE – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program at Newark-Wayne Hospital 
WCRHN funds the on-call availability of sexual assault nurse examiners as needed and supports the training of new SANEs, as well as the acquisition of new equipment.

Diabetes Coalition
In partnership with the Wayne County Diabetes Coalition and with Cornell Cooperative Extension, WCRHN works to ensure that diabetes support groups are available within the county.  This initiative also provides up-to-date continuing medication education to health care professionals. In 2005 and in 2006, the coalition sponsored two major health fairs and exhibits focusing the latest information for diabetics and showcasing how to cook nutritious and tasty foods for diabetics.  To date, more than 600 people have participated in the support groups and in the health fairs. On October 6, 2007 the third annual Diabetes Health Fair will be held at the Lyons Community Center.

Recruitment – Nursing Scholarship/Forgivable Loan Program
In return for a two-year commitment to work in Wayne County, WCRHN provides all expenses for students pursuing RN degrees at Finger Lakes Community College.

AEDs in First Responder Sites
This initiative provides AEDs to first responder sites in Wayne County where no AEDs are available. To date, 26 AEDs have been provided to Wayne County.

Exercise and Fitness for the Elderly
Located in five sites in Wayne County, this “Bone Builders” program is provided by Wayne CAP.  The program emphasizes weight bearing exercises and flexibility.

Anger Management for Teen Boys
A series of classes and group meetings provides anger management counseling for teen males at two schools in Wayne County; this is a unique program because it is totally voluntary.  In 2007, two additional groups will be available to middle-school boys at Newark and in Sodus, NY.

Vision Screening to Detect Diabetic Retinopathy in Migrant and Agricultural Workers

Agricultural Workers Conference
In May 2006 Wayne County Rural Health Network and six other CNY rural health networks, together with the Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project, co-sponsored a one day conference on “Planning for the Unique and Growing Health Care Needs of CNY’s Agricultural Workers.”  The conference summary and invitation to post to a discussion blog can be found at this link: http://www.nysarh.org/blog.htm. Wayne County Rural Health Network conducted a formal evaluation of the conference.  The evaluation report is attached here.

Minority Health Assessment
In 2006 Wayne County Rural Health Network was awarded a grant to conducts a needs assessment for minorities residing in Wayne County, to identify unmet needs and to summarize available resources.  The summary of the report of this assessment is found here .