JOB OPENING - Project Coordinator
The Chautauqua County Health Network has an upcoming opening
for a Project Coordinator to lead School based efforts of the Creating Healthy
Schools and Communities initiative. This full-time grant funded position will work
with staff and agency partners to facilitate partnerships with targeted school
districts and their surrounding communities, consultants and volunteers for
project activities focused on sustainable policy, system, and environmental
changes around access to healthy, affordable food and opportunities for
physical activity. The ideal candidate must be motivated to lead change, manage
multiple priorities, possesses excellent written and verbal communication
skills, demonstrate cultural competence and disability awareness, have
experience with community and coalition building, be familiar with nutritional
and physical educational requirements for schools, and understand the
importance of federally mandated Local School Wellness Policies.
School/Community meetings and presentations may be necessary on nights and
weekends and countywide travel is required.
Bachelors’ degree in education or health related field a
must and three years’ experience working with the school system is preferred.
Background in education, public health, health planning, nutrition, social
welfare, public policy, or community planning preferred.
Replies should be received no later than 08/17/2015.
Resume and Letter of Interest, and/or inquiries should be directed to:
Chautauqua County Health Network
Attn: Shelly Wells
200 Harrison Street, Suite 200
Jamestown, NY 14701
CCHN awarded funding for NYSDOH Creating Healthy Schools and Communties Initiative
The New York State Department of Health announced
Chautauqua County Health Network as the recipient of a five-year effort to
increase access to healthy and affordable foods and physical activity in
targeted areas of Chautauqua County. We will target 6 high-need school
districts (determined by NYS DOH criteria around minority population, poverty,
high school education, student population receiving free/reduced lunch, and
obesity) and the communities surrounding these school districts. The targeted districts are Cassadaga Valley,
Dunkirk, Jamestown, Pine Valley, Ripley, and Silver Creek. We will work towards making the healthy choice
the easy choice through sustainable policy, system, and environmental changes.
Our ultimate goal is to reduce the obesity rate, which will in turn reduce the
rate of chronic disease. We have been working towards this goal with the
Creating Healthy Places program (NYS DOH funded), which will end in September
2015, so we are so very excited to be able to continue our efforts, and move
into the schools, with the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program.
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Chautauqua County selected as a Community of Opportunity
Chautauqua County has been selected as a Community of Opportunity for the Growing Food Connections project. Chautauqua County stood out for its strong commitment from local government and evident interest in exploring policy and planning solutions to connect the dots between regional agriculture and food insecure populations. This partnership between Growing Food Connections and Chautauqua County, supported by the Unites States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, will bring technical assistance to our County to build partnerships and increase our capacity to remove public policy barriers and deploy innovative public policy tools. The purpose is to enhance community food security while ensuring sustainable and economically viable agriculture and food production. read more ...
Invest In Fresh
Chautauqua County Health Network in collaboration with the
University at Buffalo Department of Urban and Regional Planning present Invest
In Fresh, A Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown, New York. Residents of the city of Jamestown today face
economic and health-related challenges, including having limited access to healthful
and affordable foods within the city limits.
Based on a broad vision for improved health, food access, and economic
development, Invest In Fresh has three goals for Jamestown: To assess the food retail environment; To
analyze the potential of the city to support additional healthy food retail;
and To outline feasible strategies that can create or improve healthy food
access and economic development in Jamestown.
To read the Plan for Promoting Healthy Food Retail in Jamestown in its entirety,
Farm to School Initiative in Jamestown Highlighted
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted several programs in Western New York including the Farm to School Initiative specifically at Jamestown Public Schools. Watch the video here!
Medical Education Outreach Community Program (MECO)
The MECO program is a 6-week, paid experience reserved for 1st and 2nd year medical students from Chautauqua County. The program offers a unique opportunity to rotate through and explore multiple disciplines in the medical field. Medical students can make requests of specific disciplines that they would like to explore before choosing the area they may choose to specialize. Download an application today by clicking the link below! read more ...
Creating Healthy Places
Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play in Chautauqua County is part of a state-wide initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The project focuses on increasing the availability and accessibility of places to be physically active, as well as increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Visit the CHP webpage for an in-depth look at this exciting project, or better yet join us in creating a healthier community by contacting Shelly Wells, Project Coordinator at 716-338-0010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CCHN Plans for National Healthcare Decisions Day |
As the convener of the Chautauqua Cares Coalition (CCC), CCHN will be working with members representing hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, Hospice, Office for the Aging among others to coordinate activities for National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) on Wednesday, April 16th to raise awareness around Advance Care Planning.
According to information provided on the official NHDD website, studies indicate that most Americans have not exercised their right to make decisions about their healthcare in the event that they cannot speak for themselves. NHDD along with other local initiatives will help Chautauqua County residents understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want; it starts with expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.
CCC members will be available to speak with regarding Advance Care Planning at Heritage's Chautauqua Mall location on April 16th from 8:00am-2:00pm. More activities are in the works, so please check back for more updated information.
|CCHN Recognized for Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play Initiative |
The Chautauqua County Health Network was recognized for the Creating Healthy Places Initiative by the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce at the 12th annual Salute to the Finest event on February 24th at the Shawbucks Press Room.
Centered on honoring the individuals and businesses that are making positive impacts in the area community, awardees are chosen for their commitment to Jamestown and their efforts to ensure that Jamestown remains a viable and vibrant community in which to live and work. The Creating Healthy Places initiative is part of a state-wide initiative funded by the New York State Department of Health to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent obesity and type 2 diabetes. The project focuses on increasing the availability and accessibility of places to be physically active, as well as increasing the availability and accessibility of fresh fruits and vegetables.
CCHN received the Service to Humanity Award which was accepted by Ann Morse Abdella on behalf of the network.
Pictured left to right are Kate Ebersole of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Lynn Wigren, Kim Fish, Ann Abdella, and Andy Dickson of the Chautauqua County Health Network, and Greg Lindquist of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.