North Country Community Health Award Winners Announced

3 Watertown Nonprofits - and 1 in Potsdam - each receive up to $4,000

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Four North Country organizations were recently chosen as recipients of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield‘s Fall 2017 Community Health Award. They will each receive up to $4,000 to fund health and wellness programs in the region.

Winners include:

  • St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, Inc. (Potsdam) — funds will be used to support the Bridge to Wellness Medication Disposal program by paying for two additional prescription dropboxes in St. Lawrence County pharmacies/hospitals.
  • Disabled Persons Action Organization (Watertown) — funds will support the Handi-Capable Wellness program, which targets disabled individuals who are at risk of obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, fatigue, or depression and links them to programming at the local YMCA and other fitness facilities in the community.
  • Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County (Watertown) — funds will support the Five Wishes Initiative, which seeks to educate physicians and other caretakers about Advance Care Planning.
  • Family Counseling Service of Northern New York, Inc. (Watertown) — funds will be used to strengthen the link between a child’s behavioral health provider and primary care provider.

Excellus received more than 40 applications for the award from its 20-county Utica/North Country and Rochester regions. In total, twelve nonprofit organizations were honored with the award. Applicants had to propose “clear goals for improving the health or health care of a specific population in the community” and innovative approaches to improving health. The focus of these awards is on improving the health status of the community, reducing the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing overall wellness.

Earlier this year, 12 organizations Utica/North Country region organizations were selected from over 200 applicants in the 31-county upstate New York operating area for the Spring 2017 Community Health Awards. To learn more about these recipients, click here.

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