FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2006

Schumer Announces Over $57,000 To The Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership

Federal Funds Will Be Used By Local Organizations To Create a Community Health Network

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a grant of $57,354 to the Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Local organizations will work together to use federal funds to create a community health network.

“This is great news for the Southern Tier,” Schumer said. “Every person deserves easy access to high-quality physicians and medical experts within their community. This funding will help this unique community partnership to create a healthcare network that gives everyone the opportunity to receive the care and treatment essential to leading a healthy life.”

The federal grant will use the model of the Community Care Network of Nichols to replicate similar grassroots, volunteer-based community care networks in two Tioga County communities. The program will provide local leaders in the communities of Spencer and Richford with training, technical assistance, seed money, and strategic planning assistance. Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership will oversee grant administration and communication among project partners while the Community Care Network of Nichols project coordinator will coordinate this project, working closely with the outreach coordinator from the Rural Health Network of South Central New York. These entities will use their resources and expertise to offer training and one-on-one technical assistance in such areas as volunteer management and training, community needs assessment, strategic planning, data collection and management, transportation programming, and evaluation. The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University will lead project evaluation.

Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects that create thousands of new jobs, improve local water and sewer systems, increase school readiness, expand access to health care, assist local communities with strategic planning, and provide technical, managerial, and marketing assistance to emerging new businesses. ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life. The ARC awards grants from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress.

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