2012 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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Dr. William S. Augerson, Dutchess County Department of Health Board President
(845) 486-3432

April 4, 2012        Print version

2012 Public Health Partnership Award

The Dutchess County Board of Health will be presenting its annual Public Health Partnership Award on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Legislative Chambers, 22 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, New York.  The 2012 Public Health Partnership Award will be presented to the Health Care Access Partnership (HCAP).

The Public Health Partnership Award is designed to provide recognition and appreciation during National Public Health Week for contributions to the health of the community, reflecting the spirit of creating healthy communities, and to increase public awareness of the role and contribution of partners who demonstrate leadership, innovation, and community involvement.

In 2003, under a federally funded initiative called the Healthy Communities Access Program, a coalition was formed to develop integrated community health care delivery systems, and to coordinate health care services for uninsured or underinsured individuals in the City of Poughkeepsie. When the funding for the project ended, the strong commitment to the shared mission, cooperation and coordination among the coalition partner agencies continued under the leadership of two volunteer leaders, May Mamiya and Solange Muller. Thanks to their leadership, the partnership was born and continues to be a highly functional healthcare consortium.

HCAP members include: Hudson River Healthcare, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Dutchess County Department of Health (DCDOH), Catholic Charities, Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene, Dutchess Outreach, Foundation for Community Health, American Cancer Society, Dutchess County Department of Social Services, Health Quest, Hudson River Housing, Hudson Valley Perinatal Network, Institute for Family Health, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, NYS Cancer Services, Pathstone, Planned Parenthood, Poughkeepsie Plenty, Somos Los Llaves del Futuro, St. Francis Hospital, Mental Health America.

The group has sponsored events such as “cover the uninsured week,” and the showing of the award winning documentary series “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequity Making Us Sick?” to raise awareness of how the confluence of social status, race, ethnicity and immigration impacts individual and community health.

DCDOH Board President Dr. William Augerson, who  recently attended an HCAP meeting, stated, “I was extremely impressed not only with the level of local community involvement, but with the number of topics they address such as childhood obesity, immigrant health, culturally competent care and chronic disease prevention. “

The Board of Health recognizes HCAP, anchored by volunteers, Solange Muller of Hudson River HealthCare and May Mamiya, who recently retired from Vassar Brothers Medical Center, as a vital asset to our community, and a critical partner in addressing access to care for all individuals.  

For more information about National Public Health Week, visit www.dutchessny.gov.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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