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HealthlinkNY Community Network: A Healthcare Catalyst in the Hudson Valley

The HealthlinkNY Community Network works with the community to address population health challenges and to reduce disparities in the Hudson Valley of New York. Building on the successful work of our stakeholders, we provide a neutral forum in which to identify, share, and disseminate best practices and strategies to improve health outcomes in the region.

We have 40 partners representing diverse sectors such as healthcare, education, housing, behavioral health, labor, economic development, government, consumer advocacy, insurance,  and public health. Together, we’re improving health outcomes in all of the seven counties in the Hudson Valley region: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland,, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester.

Thanks to a series of training events, we are successfully promoting population health improvement in the important areas of health equity, mental health, addiction, and diabetes.

Projects and Initiatives

Workplace Wellness Mental Health Took Kit:  Employers can learn how to support their employees better, by recognizing the signs of mental distress, understanding the role stigma plays as a barrier to receiving treatment or care and fostering an environment of respect and understanding for the importance of mental well-being. With tools like the company audit, workplace surveys, and in-person pieces of training, the Workplace Wellness program seeks to offer actionable steps to implement mental health programs in the workplace.

Workplace Wellness Events: From Wellness Coordinator events to Workplace Wellness Events, HealthlinkNY offers a variety of solutions for organizations to make employee health and wellness a priority.

HealthlinkNY LIFT Orange Up: Implement healthy policies, programs, initiatives, or fitness activities that will benefit communities within Orange County. 13% of adults in Orange County have been diagnosed with diabetes; this the highest rate among Hudson Valley counties. The HealthlinkNY LIFT will implement healthy interventions that will benefit all Orange County residents, especially the adults with diabetes and prediabetes.

Professional Trainings: In addition to Workplace Wellness Trainings, the Community Network offers an ever-expanding catalog of professional training and is a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-Approved Education and Training Provider. Current pieces of training include:

  • Blueprint for Health Equity: An opportunity for professionals in the fields of behavioral health, social services, government, law enforcement, education, healthcare, media, religious organizations, and others to take a fresh look at the work of their organization through the eyes of the people they serve. This workshop explores the social determinants of health through a racial equity lens.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of emerging mental health and substance use crises.
  • Narcan Administration: This training teaches individuals how to administer Narcan, an opioid antagonist medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdose.
  • Our Stories Have Power: This training provides important information to increase the participants’ knowledge of recovery advocacy, the recovery movement, and the language used to eliminate negative public attitudes towards addiction and recovery.
  • SBRIT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment): SBRIT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use and misuse of, and dependence on, alcohol and prescription or illicit drugs.
  • Science of Addiction: Addiction is a brain disease that can be treated. This training Looking at addiction as it impacts the brain, its effects on behavior, and how addiction to drugs and alcohol compares to other chronic illnesses.

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Click here for all meeting agendas and minutes.

Our Hudson Valley Partners

Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County
American Heart Association
Catholic Charities Community Services of
Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
Frost Valley YMCA
Health Quest
Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, Inc.
Hudson River Healthcare
Independent Living Inc.
Lower Hudson Valley Perinatal Network
Maternal and Infant Services Network
MHA in Orange County
Mid-Hudson Library System
Middletown Community Health Center, Inc.
Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative
NAMI Orange County
NAMI Putnam County
NCADP/ Prevention Council of Putnam
New York Medical College
Northern Metropolitan Hospital
NY Children’s Health & Research Foundation
NY National Guard Counterdrug Operations
Open Door Family Medical Centers
Orange County Department of Mental Health
Orange County Department of Social Services and Mental Health
Orange County, NY
Program, Inc.
Putnam County Department of Health
Ramapo Catskill Library System
Refuah Community Health Collaborative
Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.
Rehabilitation Support Services Inc
Rockland County Department of Health
Search for Change
Sullivan County Department of Community Services
Sullivan County Public Health Services
The Institute for Family Health
Ulster County Department of Health and Mental Health
Westchester Community Opportunity
Westchester County Department of Health
WMC Health Performing Provider System

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