Global Big Latch On August 2019

The North Country Family Health Center’s Jefferson and Lewis County Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Program is hosting their Big Latch On events on Friday, August 2, 2019 in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week, August 1 – August 7, 2019. The Big Latch On will be held in Watertown at the Jefferson County Historical Society’s Victorian Garden, 228 Washington Street and in Lowville at the Maple Ridge Center, 7421 East Road. Both events will run from 9:30 a.m. through noon – specifically 10:30 a.m. for the one-minute world-wide latch on event. The events are free and open to the public.

World Breastfeeding Week is held the first week of August each year and is celebrated around the world. The week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). The WABA is a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide. This year is the 27th celebration for WABA and is the 10th anniversary for the Global Big Latch On event itself. The Global Big Latch On is recognized in over 30 countries. Last year, over 21,500 infants were breastfed during the same one minute all around the world. “The goal of the event is to support, encourage, and promote breastfeeding,” states Angel Carter, WIC Director. “It is an opportunity for area breastfeeding moms to come together and celebrate the benefits, and beauty of, breastfeeding. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months after birth. After the first 6 months and until the infant is 1 year old, the AAP recommends that the mother continue breastfeeding while gradually introducing solid foods into the infant’s diet. After 1 year, breastfeeding can be continued if mutually desired by the mother and her infant. There are numerous benefits of breastfeeding – both for baby, and for moms. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in the 10th annual Global Big Latch On – it is a wonderful opportunity for mothers and their families,” states Kit Veley, FNP, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. “Breast-milk helps keep your baby healthy. It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions. It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea, or upset stomach,” continued Veley.            North Country Family Health Center’s WIC Program, not only provides benefits for nutritious foods to women, infants, and children, but also provides breastfeeding support and education in our communities. WIC offers Certified Lactation Counselors and Peer Counselors to all WIC moms to help them reach their breastfeeding goals. In 2018, 77% of mothers enrolled in the WIC Program initiated breastfeeding their newborn at birth.

WIC staff have coordinated, and will be hosting, arts and crafts for children, games, raffles, and a variety of other fun activities at the Big Latch On events. Light refreshments will also be served. The events will take place rain or shine and are free to those interested in participating! For more information on WIC, breastfeeding support, or the Big Latch On events please call the Jefferson County WIC office at 315-782-9222 or the Lewis County WIC office at 315-376-6427; you may also visit the North Country Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Facebook page. WIC staff would like to thank MVP Health Care for their sponsorship of both events.

 

 

Family Day – Celebrating Community Wellness

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) will join over 1,400 other Community Health Centers across the United States in celebrating National Health Center Week, August 4-10, 2019. The theme of this year’s celebration is, “Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Rooted in Communities.”

The first Community Health Centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, were established in the United States more than 50 years ago by community residents and healthcare providers who believed that everyone should have access to quality healthcare no matter who they are, where they live, or their ability to pay. This movement launched healthcare services, and a variety of healthcare providers, into medically underserved areas all across the country. Today, Community Health Centers are located in over 10,000 communities in every state and territory and the District of Columbia and serve over 28 million people. Nearly half of Community Health Centers are located in rural communities.

“We are on the front lines of national public health challenges and are proud of the access we are able to provide to our patients – whether caring for a mom who just gave birth, administering immunizations to a teen, or providing healthcare to those adults who suffer from chronic disease, we are making an impact on our community,” states Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer, NCFHC. “We have been rooted in this community for over 47 years – first by focusing on children’s access to healthcare and nutrition services through the WIC Program and now by focusing on serving the entire family – infant, parents, and grandparents under our new medical model as a Federally Qualified Health Center. We served just over 11,000 patients in 2018 who made nearly 38,000 visits to our medical, dental, and behavioral health programs; an additional 5,000 families were served by our WIC Program and we provided insurance enrollment assistance to nearly 4,000 families.”          NCFHC is a Patient-Centered Medical Home and a Federally Qualified Health Center – designations that reflect quality of care and a commitment to breaking down barriers and providing healthcare access to all. NCFHC is one of 70 Community Health Centers in New York State, delivering services to over 2.3 million patients annually via 800 delivery sites within the state. NCFHC has nine permanent delivery sites and provides preventative oral healthcare services via a mobile School-Based Dental Program throughout six school districts in Jefferson and Lewis Counties.

“We have 125 individuals who come to work each day in positions including clinicians, nurses, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, care coordinators, and many more, who work together to provide high quality, integrated healthcare to all of our patients,” states Barbara Fargo, RN, Clinical Operations Officer. “Our staff work together to address all factors that may contribute to poor health including, lack of nutrition, transportation, and stable housing. In addition to pediatric care our providers and staff work together to ensure the entire family’s needs are taken care of from women’s health, to chronic adult diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Our model is one of integration – not only do we provide primary care we also provide integrated oral health and behavioral health services.”

On Wednesday, August 7th from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. NCFHC will be hosting its own event in recognition of National Health Center Week, “Family Day: Celebrating Community Wellness,” at their main facility located at 238 Arsenal Street, Watertown. The event is free and open to the public. The day is planned around education and fun for all – vendors include each department and service of North Country Family Health Center (medical, dental, behavioral health, WIC, insurance assistance and school-based services) as well as representatives from Jefferson County Public Health; the Watertown Family YMCA; Healthy Families of North Country Prenatal Perinatal Council; Transitional Living Services; MVP Healthcare; United Healthcare; Fidelis Care; and River Wellness. NCFHC staff will be providing free blood pressure checks and fluoride varnish applications as well as assistance with insurance questions and enrollment. Jefferson County Public Health will have information on adult and child immunizations and will be giving out information on tick born disease prevention. The Watertown YMCA will have diabetes and senior health information available and representatives from Healthy Families will be on-site to check proper installation of car seats. To assist those women who have previously experienced barriers to healthcare NCFHC has partnered with the SUNY Upstate Mobile Mammography Program to offer on-site, easily accessible mammograms via their mobile mammography van. (Mammograms will be pre-scheduled with current NCFHC patients, women 40 and over who have not had a mammogram within the last 12 months. Any NCFHC patient interested in scheduling a mammogram should contact Felicia Parker, Population Health Program Manager at 315.782.9450, x8082.) Froggy 97 will be on-site from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and a variety of raffle prizes will be offered to those who attend too.

 

North Country Family Health Center’s 20th Annual

North Country Family Health Center’s (NCFHC) annual spring fundraiser, A Night on the River, will be held at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, on Friday, May 10, 2019. The 20th annual fundraising event’s cocktail reception and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will offer guests an evening of food, drinks, music, and silent auction opportunities. Music will be provided by Oceans Below. Tickets are $75.00 per person and are available on NCFHC’s website, www.NoCoFamilyHealth.org, or by contacting the North Country Family Health Center’s office at 315-782-9450, x8037 or mlynch@NoCoFamilyHealth.org.

The evening’s highlight is the variety of silent auction items donated by local individuals and businesses. Some of the featured auction items included this year will be: two $2,000 gift certificates to Sundance Leisure; a three night stay in Lake Placid at a luxurious Adirondack Chalet; a two night stay in Key West, Florida at the Curry Mansion Inn; an overnight stay and brunch at Saint Lawrence Spirits Château, Clayton, and two tickets to a Red Sox-Dodgers baseball game at Fenway Park, Boston on July 12, 2019.

To help NCFHC celebrate their 20th consecutive year of fundraising Hart Hotels graciously donated 20 overnight stays to four of their luxurious Harbor Hotel Collection properties including: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton, New York; Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen, New York; Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, Celoron, New York (on Chautauqua Lake); and the Portland Harbor Hotel, Portland, Maine. Raffle tickets are on sale now, $20 each, and once purchased will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win one of the 20 donated one-night stays at the above mentioned Hart Hotel properties. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at A Night on the River and 20 winners will be announced throughout the evening’s festivities. Individuals who purchased raffle tickets do not need to be present to win.   Those interested in purchasing tickets can call NCFHC’s Administrative Office at 315-782-9450, x8037 or e-mail mlynch@NoCoFamilyHealth.org.

For the second year Stephens Media Group is hosting a pre-event auction on Froggy 97 on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Individuals will have the opportunity to bid via the radio station on a two-person fishing trip with Captain Rich Clarke, SignMan Charters, Clayton, New York and on a signed guitar by country music star Dylan Scott, famous for his number one country hit song “My Girl.” “Our on-air live auction was such a hit last year – we are looking forward to providing Froggy listeners the opportunity to call, or go to Froggy’s Facebook page, to bid on our two amazing auction items this year,” comments April Fallon, Marketing & Community Relations Director. “Adding an item from such a successful country artist to our live radio auction is amazing – we appreciate the opportunity to offer the guitar to one lucky North Country resident!” Those who win the fishing trip and signed guitar through the on-air live auction will be provided tickets to A Night on the River.

New this year staff at NCFHC have teamed with Jordan Essentials representative, Megan Stockman, to sell a variety of Jordan Essentials products to assist in the fundraising efforts for the 20th Annual Fundraising event. Products being sold are: Custom Lotion Bars ($13 – available in a variety of fragrances); a Joyful Jordan Box including soap, hand sanitizer, and shea body butter ($21); and the Happy Feet Collection which includes peppermint essential oil and cream ($36). All products may be purchased by contacting North Country Family Health Center’s Administrative Office at 315-782-9450, x8037 or mlynch@NoCoFamilyHealth.org. All proceeds will benefit A Night on the River.

       “We are extremely grateful for the community’s support of our mission to improve the health and wellness of those in our community,” comments Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer. “Our event continues to be a success thanks to the amazing generosity of so many local individuals and businesses. We are especially grateful to Mr. David Hart, President & CEO, of the Hart Hotels for his gracious donation of the 20 Hart Hotel overnights this year.”

The event is made possible through the generosity of Event Sponsor UnitedHealthcare as well as Major Sponsors: 7News/Fox 28/MeTV North Country; Community Bank, NA; Community Broadcasters; Hart Hotels; Joseph & Diane Recupero; Jeremy T. Smith; and Visualutions. Sponsors: ACM Medical Laboratory; A.T. Matthews & Dier Agency; BCA Architects & Engineers; Benefit Services Group; Bonadio & Co., LLP; Car-Freshener Corporation; Coleman Associates; Rae Linehan Donoghue; Rob & Barb Fargo; Foy Benefits; Joey Marie Horton; Krafft Cleaning Service; NBC Watertown; Northern New York Commercial Cleaning Services; Stephens Media Group; Thousand Islands Landscaping Company, Inc.; and UBS Financial Services – The Couch Group; Supporters: Budget Blinds of Watertown; David D. Crapser, UBS Financial Services Inc.; Jennifer Flynn – Bridgeview Real Estate Services; Nate & Erin Hunter; MVP Health Care; North Country Orthopaedic Group; Northern Credit Union; Parker Chevrolet; RBC Wealth Management; Samaritan Health; Dr. Gerald & Donna Schneeberger. Friends: Bolton’s Pharmacy; Great Northern Construction – Joe Gerstenschlager; Rick & Janet Gregware; Henry Schein; Hi-Lite Airfield Services; Houghton News; Lakeside Outdoor Services – Dave Rogers; The Marcy Spa & Salon; Moonbeam Abstracts; R.W. Amell Enterprises, LLC – Rob & Adrainne Amell. Special Thanks: 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel; Coughlin Printing Group; Europe Cakes; Anna Belle Hyde; J. Murphy & Associates Advertising; Jordan Essentials – Megan Stockman; McQuade & Bannigan; Party Rentals; Diane Recupero; and Kathey Williams.

 

WIC Breastfeeding Group Celebrates Anniversary

North Country Family Health Center’s (NCFHC) Lewis County’s Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Carthage breastfeeding group will celebrate its first year anniversary on April 3, 2019. The Lewis County WIC Program partnered with Carthage Area Hospital to offer a Carthage area breastfeeding support group for families. The support group is held from 11:00 a.m. – 12noon the first Wednesday of each month at Carthage Area Hospital’s Professional Building, 3 Bridge Street, Carthage.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding through the first year of a child’s life. “While breastfeeding is a natural way to feed babies, it can present many challenges,” states Kelli Lawrence, Lewis County, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. “Our breastfeeding groups help both second or third time mothers as well as new mothers with questions like – Is my baby getting enough to eat? Is my baby latching correctly? How long is long enough to feed?” The breastfeeding group also provides support to mothers through education, socialization, and confidence building with other like-minded mothers.

In addition to the newest breastfeeding group in Carthage the North Country Family Health Center’s WIC breastfeeding peer counselors offer three other area breastfeeding groups for families. The Flower Memorial Library in Watertown hosts a WIC breastfeeding group each Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon; Fort Drum is host to a WIC breastfeeding group Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon at the Adirondack Creek Community Center; and Lewis County Hospital in Lowville is host to a group the second Wednesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. – 12noon.

“Breastfeeding is the best start you can give your baby,” continues Ms. Lawrence. “We are so fortunate to have certified lactation counselors and breastfeeding peer counselors in our WIC Program to help moms meet their breastfeeding goals – whether it is 3 months or 12 months we work with each mom and offer support and guidance along her journey.”

Families interested in the breastfeeding groups may call or text the Jefferson County WIC Breastfeeding Program at (315) 836-6341 or the Lewis County Breastfeeding Program at (315) 804-1723. Additional information can also be found on North Country Family Health Center’s website at www.nocofamilyhealth.org under the WIC tab.

 

 

 

 

North Country Family Health Center Expands Preventative Dental Services to Lyme Central School

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) is now providing preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central School. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in the Health Room, #213, at Lyme Central School, 11868 Academy Street, Chaumont, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4th. Students, administrators, staff of NCFHC, and local political representatives will gather to celebrate.

In addition to providing preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central School, NCFHC also provides school-based dental only services to students at Alexandria Central, Copenhagen Central, Lowville Academy & Central School, South Lewis Central, and for the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in NCFHC’s dental-only School-Based Dental Programs. Students receive dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, and fluoride treatments as part of the preventative program. Services are available to all students – whether they have insurance or not. Services are provided by a licensed dental hygienist who is employed by NCFHC.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer preventative dental services to students at Lyme Central. It is rewarding to know that we are able to provide care to students right where they are – in school,” states Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal is to make receiving services convenient and easy for the parents, and a positive experience for the students. When children receive services in school parents do not have to take time off work, and there are no out of pocket costs for parents when their son or daughter is treated at the school-based clinics. Our school-based dental staff work in collaboration with a student’s primary dentist too if other services are necessary.”

NCFHC received a $300,000 Empire State Development Grant in the fall of 2018 with assistance from Senator Patty Ritchie to expand its School-Based Dental Program. Since that time, NCFHC has expanded into the Lyme District as well as engaged students from the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.

“Quality dental care is critically important to a child’s overall health, however, in rural regions it can be a challenge for many families to access dental services,” states Senator Patty Ritchie. “When children go without dental health care it can create very serious problems, namely speech difficulties, serious infections and tooth loss. I am pleased to have secured this funding, which will help connect more families throughout our region with the convenient, top-notch dental care they need to live healthy lives.”

In addition to preventative dental services, NCFHC operates six School-Based Health Centers in the Watertown City and South Jefferson School Districts which provide integrated medical and behavioral health services. Students in the Watertown City School Districts are served at School-Based Health Centers at North Elementary (serves all elementary aged children), Harold T. Wiley Intermediate School, Case Middle School, and Watertown High School. Students in the South Jefferson School District are served at School-Based Health Centers at Mannsville Manor Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Students who attend the Clarke Middle/High School at South Jefferson may utilize the School-Based Health Centers at either Mannsville or Wilson Elementary. In 2018, over 3,200 students utilized the School-Based Health Centers to receive medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

 

 

 

February is National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) joins school-based health center providers and advocates from across the nation in recognizing the month of February as National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month. National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month is sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance, a national organization that promotes and supports school-based health centers to assure all children receive high quality, comprehensive healthcare. The Alliance is celebrating the month with the theme, School-Based Health Centers: Healing Super Heroes Every School Day.

North Country Family Health Center opened its first school-based primary care site at North Elementary in the Watertown City School District in December 1993 and celebrated its 25th anniversary in December 2018. Since 1993, NCFHC has opened five additional School-Based Health Centers and expanded its school-based services to include not only medical services but dental and behavioral health services as well.

Today, NCFHC operates six School-Based Health Centers in the Watertown City and South Jefferson School Districts. Students in the Watertown City School Districts are served at School-Based Health Centers at North Elementary (serves all elementary aged children), Harold T. Wiley Intermediate School, Case Middle School, and Watertown High School. Students in the South Jefferson School District are served at School-Based Health Centers at Mannsville Manor Elementary and Wilson Elementary. Students who attend the Clarke Middle/High School at South Jefferson may utilize the School-Based Health Centers at either Mannsville or Wilson Elementary. Additionally, NCFHC provides school-based dental only services to students at Alexandria Central, Copenhagen Central, Lowville Academy & Central School, Lyme Central, South Lewis Central, and for the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES. In 2018, over 3,200 students utilized the School-Based Health Centers and an additional 500 students enrolled in the mobile School-Based Dental Program. Currently NCFHC staffs 20 employees within its school-based sites.

“We are very proud of our School-Based Health Center Programs and are especially proud of reaching the milestone of providing care to elementary students in the Watertown City School District for 25 years,” comments Joey Marie Horton, Chief Executive Officer, North Country Family Health Center. “Having the opportunity to provide care to children right where they are, in school, is critical to reducing barriers to care; and ensuring more children receive timely, preventative healthcare services. Our goal is to help students stay well and avoid school absences – we truly believe that healthy students learn better.”

No student is turned away from the School-Based Health Centers and all services are provided with no out of pocket cost to families. Therefore, health insurance co-pays and deductible do not apply to families. Students are seen for sickness, chronic health issues, annual physical exams, dental services and counseling services to name a few.

“Our School-Based Health Centers are a great back-up plan for parents. We communicate with students’ primary care providers and coordinate the care they need – whether it is just a cold or a chronic ongoing issue,” states Heather Lupia, School-Based Health Center Program Administrator. “We are especially grateful for the grants we have received to expand our school-based dental programs this year – one from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and the other from the New York State Empire State Development grant. The grants have allowed us to provide dental services to an additional four school-based sites as well as engage students from the ACES Program at Jefferson-Lewis BOCES.”

Any student can enroll to use the school-based services! Parents, or guardians, can visit www.NoCoFamilyHealth.org for more information. Anyone needing assistance enrolling their son or daughter can contact the School-Based Health Center Program Administrator, Heather Lupia, at hlupia@nocofamilyhealth.org.

North Country Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides high-quality, affordable healthcare to over 11,000 North Country residents annually at its community-based locations in Watertown, Lowville, and LeRay and at its school-based locations. NCFHC also provides nutritious food vouchers and other support to approximately 5,000 pregnant women, infants, and children each month through its WIC Program; assists approximately 4,000 individuals with insurance enrollment annually; and provides special initiatives to help high-risk pregnant and parenting families and individuals who experience insecure housing.

For more information about North Country Family Health Center or its programs, visit www.NoCoFamilyHealth.org or call (315) 782-9450.

 

NoCo is the recipient of “The Greatest Fundraiser”

 

North Country Family Health Center was the recipient of The Greatest Fundraiser – sponsored by The Reading Room, Salmon Run Mall and presented by the Northern New York Youth Philanthropy Council.

On Saturday, December 15, 2018, at The Reading Room at Salmon Run Mall, Felicia Parker, NoCo’s Community Health Coordinator and April Fallon, Marketing & Community Relations Director, were announced as the winner’s of this year’s Greatest Fundraising contest!

The contest/grant was open to all non-profits in the community and was administered and chosen by the students of the Northern New York Youth Philanthropy Council.

NoCo will utilize the $6,362 grant to purchase books to implement their Reach Out and Read Program through their Primary Care Department. Children attending their well visits will receive a new book to keep and take home – the program stresses the importance of reading together as a family.

NoCo Celebrates 25 Years at North Elementary School-Based Health Center

On Friday, December 14, 2018, North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) staff and local political and school representatives will celebrate the NCFHC’s 25th year of providing healthcare to students at their School-Based Health Center at North Elementary, 171 East Hoard Street, Watertown. A celebration will be held for all staff from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

On November 30, 1993, NCFHC, then North Country Children’s Clinic, opened its first School-Based Health Center (SBHC) at North Elementary. The Watertown Board of Education passed a resolution in February 1993 to establish the SBHC at North Elementary as well as two others – a dental and a medical center at Watertown High School. The North Elementary SBHC was initially scheduled to open in the fall of 1993 in time for the start of the school year but delays with approval from the Department of Health eventually lead to the opening of the SBHC at the end of November 1993. The North Elementary SBHC was designed to serve school children from Starbuck and Meade Elementary (now closed), as well as North, and initially over 550 children registered to utilize the SBHC’s services. North SBHC now provides care to all Watertown City School District elementary students. The district provides transportation to the SBHC for students from the Ohio, Sherman, Starbuck, and Knickerbocker buildings. The Northern New York Community Foundation was instrumental in helping to fund the start-up costs of NCFHC’s first SBHC with a $10,000 grant.
“We are proud to have been on the forefront of school-based care delivery by opening the first fulltime School-Based Health Center in our region at North Elementary School. SBHCs break down barriers to care – keeping parents at work and children in school. We now provide integrated medical, behavioral health, and dental services to over 3,200 students per year within the Watertown and South Jefferson Central School Districts. In addition, we serve another 500 students through our mobile School-Based Dental Programs,” states Joey Marie Horton, Executive Director, North Country Family Health Center.

 

Currently, NCFHC operates six comprehensive SBHCs that provide integrated medical and behavioral health services in the Watertown City and South Jefferson school districts. (North Elementary, H.T.Wiley, Case Middle School, Watertown High School, Mannsville Manor Elementary, and Maynard P. Wilson Elementary) Four of which have integrated onsite dental services – North Elementary, H.T. Wiley, Mannsville Manor Elementary, and Maynard P.Wilson Elementary. In addition to these sites, NCFHC operates school-based dental only sites at Alexandria Central School, Copenhagen Central School, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES (ACES Program), Lowville Academy & Central School, Lyme Central School, Ohio Elementary in the Watertown City School District, Clarke Middle/High School in the South Jefferson School District, and Glenfield Elementary, Port Lyden Elementary, and South Lewis Middle/High School in the South Lewis School District.

“We are grateful to North Country Family Health Center for providing our students high quality, affordable, and convenient healthcare services,” states Patricia LaBarr, Superintendent, Watertown City School District. “The service is convenient for both parents and teachers when students get sick in school. Staff at the health centers take the time to know and work with the students and their parents. We know that when students are healthy they come to school ready to learn,” states Ms. LaBarr.

No student is turned away from the SBHC – students are seen for sickness, chronic health issues, annual physical exams, dental services, and counseling services to name a few. All services are provided with no out-of-pocket cost for services provided within the SBHC, including co-pays and deductibles, to families.


National Mammography Day October 19, 2018

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) and Northern Radiology Imaging, Watertown, have collaborated to provide mammography screening appointments to qualifying NCFHC patients on National Mammography Day, Friday, October 19, 2018 at Northern Radiology Imaging.

October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many organizations use the month of October to help raise awareness, and funds, for cancer research. The third Friday in October, as proclaimed by President Clinton in 1993, is National Mammography Day – a day dedicated to encourage women (and at risk men) to get, and or schedule, a mammography appointment. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2018 the Society estimates that approximately 266, 120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women, and another 64,000 women will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer.

“In keeping with NCFHC’s mission, providing accessible health services to all patients, the opportunity to work with Northern Radiology Imaging for this day-long event allows us to proactively help our patients and educate them about the importance of routine mammography screenings,” states Cheryl Fazio, RN, Clinical Operations Officer, NCFHC. “We will use the day on Friday, October 19th as a means to engage and educate our patients, and highlight our commitment to breast cancer screening as part of necessary preventative care,” states Ms. Fazio.

Additionally, to help support and raise breast cancer awareness, Northern Radiology Imaging will be “Lighting the Night Pink” during October by providing pink light bulbs to the community. The pink bulbs are available at Northern Radiology Imaging, 1571 Washington Street, Suite 101, Watertown, for $5.00 each. The community is encouraged to place one of the pink light bulbs in a visible spot – garage lighting or porch lighting – to help raise awareness about breast cancer and to help support the hundreds of thousands of men and women that have fought, or are fighting, breast cancer. The $5.00 donation will go directly to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer organization. Community members wishing to make their own mammography screening appointment may contact Northern Radiology Imaging directly at, 315.786.5000.

 

 

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition

North Country Family Health Center (NCFHC) is proud to have been awarded Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. As a PCMH facility North Country Family Health Center is recognized for a focus on delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right time with a team that works together to coordinate all the needs of the patient. A large part of being a PCMH facility is providing patients with more personalized care – assisting individuals through what is often a very complex healthcare system. As part of the recognition NCFHC demonstrated that their employees are maximizing health information technology and care coordination while improving patient outcomes and enhancing the overall patient experience. Congratulations to all staff!