Picente: Two-County Collaboration Marks First Health Summit

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. will convene a regional health summit with both Oneida and Herkimer Counties participating in a collaborative health planning initiative intended to maximize the region’s assets to assure positive health improvement outcomes for the region. 

This first of its kind conclave is scheduled for Friday, April 24th from 8:30 am to noon and will bring more than 100 representatives from the two counties to the Mohawk Valley Community College Alumni Center to identify priority health issues and those partnerships and strategies that can best address them.

“Both Oneida and neighboring Herkimer County have, over the past year, each completed the long process of a community health assessment and have used the information collected to prioritize local heath issues.  This health summit will now task the participants with identifying one or two areas for which we share concern and hopefully share solutions,” Picente said.
 
Registration for the half-day session begins at 8:30 am followed by an agenda which includes:
·        A discussion of the priority areas selected by Oneida and Herkimer Counties through poster sessions.
·        Identification of strategies and actions that can be adopted by both counties.
·        Selection of one or two action areas that can be adopted by both counties.
 
In addition to the Oneida County Health Department, sponsors of the health summit include Herkimer County Health Department, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare, Herkimer County HealthNet, Little Falls Hopsital, Rome Memorial Hospital, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, The United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area and The Oneida County Health Coalition.