An agency dedicated to improving the health of people living in the country has moved into a new home.
The Rural Health Network of South Central New York held an open house last week to show off its new headquarters.
The non-profit moved into 455 Court Street over the Summer, leasing the first floor from BlueStorm Technologies.
The move consolidated the operation from 4 locations, primarily in Whitney Point, into one.
Executive Director Jack Salo says the site is more centrally located to the 10 counties the agencies serves.
Salo says rural areas often don’t have enough population to adequately advocate for the health services they need. “Much of our work is involved with advocating to keep or bring in health services, work out creative partnerships so that you can bring in enough resources to help people out. I think it’s critically important.”
The Rural Health Network also works on transportation issues through its Getthere Call Center and nutrition with its Food and Health Network.
It also has a program in which physicians write patients with chronic health conditions prescriptions for fruits and vegetables.
This gives the patients access to produce vouchers and additional education.
The Rural Health Network plans to launch a capital campaign next year in order to purchase the building from BlueStorm and take over the second floor as well.