The following COVID-19 resources are available for our community partners.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for COVID-19 updates.
- Visit the Vaccinate New York web page for COVID-19 vaccination news, updates, and resources.
- View a spreadsheet of general and telehealth-related COVID-19 waivers/updates compiled by AHI.
- Visit the AHI Telehealth web page for telehealth-related COVID-19 resource documents.
- Visit the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support for COVID-19 updates.
- Visit the NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities website for COVID-19 updates.
- Visit the NYS Office of Mental Health website for COVID-19 updates.
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NEWS & EVENTS
What is Happening at Adirondack Health Institute
Adirondack Health Institute announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors. Jeannie Cross, Geoffrey Peck, and Robert Ross will each serve a three-year term.
A retired health care executive, Cross most recently headed state and federal government relations efforts at Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS), one of New York’s largest and most comprehensive systems of short- and long-term sub-acute and post-acute care services. In that role, she spearheaded legislation and regulation that expanded hospice and palliative care options and worked on initiatives to improve the coordination of long-term care across multiple settings and enhance chronic care. In recognition of her achievements, LeadingAge New York awarded her their 2015 Advocacy Award.
Peck serves as the Vice President of Population Health at Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home and Executive Director of the Nathan Littauer Foundation. Working collaboratively with AHI and numerous partner organizations, Peck held a number of roles for the recently-concluded Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program, including serving as the executive lead of the Fulton County Population Health Network (PHN), one of five such networks that were part of the AHI PPS (Performing Provider System). In addition, he served as the executive lead for two KPMG-guided Medicaid Accelerated eXchange (MAX) projects which focused on reducing readmissions and visits to the hospital’s inpatient setting and emergency department.
Ross has served as the Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers since 2007. In that role, he is responsible for the organization’s overall operation, including strategic planning, policy development, fundraising, public relations, and staff evaluation. Ross oversees a 67-bed inpatient unit, a 25-bed intensive residential veteran addiction and post-traumatic stress syndrome program, a 28-bed adolescent inpatient rehabilitation center, eight outpatient clinical substance use disorder treatment programs, two county jail treatment programs, a 20-unit supporting housing project, three residential/recovery programs, three after-care facilities, and a 24/7 open access center.
In addition, AHI announces current board officers Dan Burke, Chair, Dianne Shugrue, Vice Chair, David Kaiser, Treasurer, and Wouter Rietsema, MD, Secretary, will each serve another year in their present position, while retired health care executive Susan Delehanty will step down at the end of her term.
Adirondack Health Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the Adirondack Food System Network, a collaboration of multiple organizations working together as equal partners to better understand system-wide issues, identify gaps, and develop realistic solutions to help strengthen and promote a more resilient food system.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, market supply chain and trade disruptions have limited food accessibility, especially for vulnerable residents lacking access to transportation and the means to purchase fresh food. At the same time, farmers have been faced with significant disruptions in market access, especially due to the closure of restaurants, retail, and other food establishments, and the threat of the loss of market access for area farmers.
A group of Adirondack food system stakeholders across the region have come together to start the Adirondack Food System Network with seed funding from Adirondack Foundation. The Network aims to help food system stakeholders mount a coordinated effort to build back better food systems as the region recovers from the pandemic, centered on the values of collaboration, equity, environment, and lasting success.
“AHI is pleased to be serving as the backbone organization, the coordinating body that will provide support, facilitation, and guidance, for this much-needed collective impact initiative,” stated Nancy Gildersleeve, an Executive Director at Adirondack Health Institute.
“This past year, food assistance has been a big part of our COVID response grantmaking. By connecting emergency food systems with the local food system, this cross-sector network has great potential to broaden access to healthy, fresh food for residents of all ages and strengthen ties with local producers. It’s a win-win,” said Connie Prickett, Adirondack Foundation Vice President of Communications and Strategic Initiatives.
“We now have a community platform for collective action focused on food and equity. We have the opportunity to address low farmer incomes and rising food insecurity in our region simultaneously,” explained Brittany Christenson, the Executive Director of ADK Action, and Co-Chair of the program’s Steering Committee. “With this network, we can connect the dots between problems and solutions across sectors and build our food system back better.”
The vision of the Network is an Adirondack regional food system that is resilient, just, environmentally-responsible and supports improved human health. The mission is to advance innovative solutions through lasting collaboration that strengthen and improve our regional food system for individuals, the environment, and the economy. Collaboration will initially focus on connecting efforts in five areas: production, consumption, distribution, processing, and food waste management. The Network covers nine New York counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington.
For more information about the Adirondack Food System Network and to subscribe to our e-list, visit our website at https://ahihealth.org/adirondack-food-system-network/. If you would like to get involved with the initiative, visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdwTXMfaHCnmGp-UHZghP3Geeed0tHMEHYusydyTin5jtD27g/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0&gxids=7628.