Ellenville Wawarsing Rural Health Network Announces Three-Year, $600,000 HRSA Grant

The Ellenville Wawarsing Rural Health Network (RHN) partners are pleased to announce that they have secured a three-year, $600,000 grant through the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA). The grant funding will allow the RHN partners to implement a Health Improvement Special Project (HISP), which will use evidence-based community outreach and clinical improvement strategies to reduce population cardiovascular risk in Wawarsing. The RHN partners include Ellenville Regional Hospital, The Institute for Family Health, and the Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health.

In addition to RHN partners, the project includes HealthlinkNY, a seven county organization focused on health information technology and population health; Cornell Cooperative Extension, providing the knowledge to maximize NY State’s agricultural and natural resources; and the Rose Women’s Care Service Community Resource Center, an independent, not for profit resource center for women and families. The project will be led by Jesse Sarubbi, Executive Director, Ellenville Wawarsing Rural Health Network.

The six organizations have agreed to execute this program jointly. The partners will host community-based activities including screening, health education, and wellness groups and classes, as well as evidence-based programs such as the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program and the National Diabetes Prevention Program; and the research-informed American Cancer Society Fresh Start tobacco cessation groups.

“The Institute is thrilled to partner with Ellenville Regional Hospital on this exciting community health project,” said Dr. Neil Calman, President & CEO of the Institute for Family Health. “With all of us – hospital, health center, health department, and others - working together, we may really be able to make a lasting difference in how cardiovascular disease affects the people of Wawarsing and Ellenville.”

“Ellenville Regional Hospital’s tag line is 'innovating, collaborating and providing award-winning care,'” said Steven L. Kelley, President & CEO of Ellenville Regional Hospital. “We are so excited to be working with the like-minded partners creating synergies much greater than we could imagine on our own. The outcome will be fantastic for our community.”

“This is a wonderful opportunity to improve the heart health of our community through a collaborative endeavor that is in direct response to the concerns we have heard from local residents. We are grateful for our partnership and the opportunity to work within the community, for this important initiative,” said Jesse Sarubbi.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is pleased to be a partner on the project, and looks forward to new and additional opportunities to provide educational programming to improve the health and wellness of residents of the Ellenville area,” said Melinda Herzog, Healthy Communities Program Leader.

“HealthlinkNY is committed to improving population health in the Hudson Valley Region, so we congratulate Ellenville Rural Health Network on being awarded this grant, and are excited to support in this new initiative to improve cardiovascular health in the Warwasing community,” said Staci Romeo, Interim Executive Director, HealthlinkNY.

The Institute for Family Health (www.institute.org) is a federally qualified health center network that operates 32 practices in New York State serving more than 117,000 patients annually. Services are available to people of all ages, regardless of ability to pay.

Ellenville Regional Hospital is a 25-bed rural critical access hospital located in Southern Ulster County. The Hospital offers a wide range of services and has won numerous State and Federal awards for their quality programs. For more information, visit www.ellenvilleregional.org.