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Locations Kaplan Family Pavilion 147 Lake Street Newburgh, NY 12550 845-563-8000

Blooming Grove Turnpike 91 Blooming Grove Turnpike New Windsor, NY 12553 845-561-2257

Lipman Family Dental (on Broadway) 100 Broadway Newburgh, NY 12550 845-569-8412

Center for Recovery 3 Commercial Place Newburgh, NY 12550 845-220-2146

We are excited to share our April Newsletter with you! Thank you for signing up for The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center newsletter, Community Connection. We hope that

Harper Health (for Individuals & Families in Transition) 290 Broadway, Suites 2 & 3 Newburgh, NY 12550 845-561-3759

Highland Falls 127 Main Street Highland Falls, NY 10928 845-446-4076

April 2013 Want to Subscribe? email: mlimperopulos@ghvfhc.org

you enjoy our new and improved publication! We will regularly provide you with recent news, upcoming events, and other updates regarding you, our patients, and your Family Health Center. As always, thank you for choosing GHVFHC where we can meet all of your health care needs under one roof!

In This Issue... Harper Health Advocacy Day Highland Falls Fit For Life A look into our new location and how it will help the community.

GHVFHC sends staff and volunteers to stand up for health care in Albany.

Learn about our new site opening this month!

Our program to promote healthy lives and healthy attitudes in Newburgh!


On Monday, March 4, 2013, 70 of our staff and friends travelled to Albany to advocate on behalf of community health centers as a part of the 2013 Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) Advocacy Day. All in all, over 500 advocates from community health centers throughout New York listened intently to many speakers, including our own President and CEO, Linda S. Muller, among many other leaders and health care experts. They included Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (Chair, Health Committee), State Senator Andrea Cousins (Deomocratic Conference Leader), and State Senator Kemp Hannon (Chair, Health Committee). Our advocates spoke with elected state officials in order to express the needs of our health center and its importance in the community. Dr. Avi Silber, GHVFHC’s Medical Director, and Dr. Tracy Lucas, Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics, both shared personal accounts of their experiences. Senator William Larkin, Assemblyman Frank Skartados, and Assemblyman James Skoufis were also present to lend their ear and pledge their support to GHVFHC. In the months leading up to Advocacy Day, more than 1,300 people (staff, patients, and friends) signed up for the Grassroots Advocacy Network (GAN), which sends email alerts when political action is needed for issues pertaining to the community health center movement. We are also happy to announce that GHVFHC signed up more advocates this past year than any other community health center throughout New York State.

Upcoming Events

GHVFHC Staff and Volunteers Head to Albany for Advocacy Day

April 2013 For more info call 845.563.8000 x 1260

Community Connection

Managing Your Health

Six Wednesdays, starting April 17 - May 22 Disease Self Management

Smoking Cessation Four Tuesdays, starting April 2 - April 23 Help to Quit Smoking!

Wellness Mondays Mondays, April 1 - 29 Reduce Stress and Increase Strength!

Fit For Life

Wednesdays, April 24 - May 29 Childhood Weight Control

Advancing Youth Development Four Fridays, April 26 - May 17

Now Open! Harper Health - A New GHVFHC Location GHVFHC is proud to announce the opening of our new site located at 290 Broadway in Newburgh! The site, called Harper Health at The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center (or Harper Health for short), provides medical services to our patients in transition or without homes. With the opening of Harper Health, the Health Center will be able to offer the same quality care that we already strive to provide with an emphasis on assisting those who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness. GHVFHC will be working closely with various organizations located at the Neighborhood Business and Resource Center, which offers community and social services to individuals in need. The Resource Center is conveniently located next door to Harper Health at 280 Broadway allowing GHVFHC to work collaboratively when referring patients. This partnership will create the stability and continuity of care that these patients truly need. DID YOU KNOW: Harper Health is named after John Harper, of HONORehg, who has worked his entire life to provide care and stability to this population. The Health Center hopes to capture his compassion, as well as that of numerous other organizations at the Resource Center, in helping those at Harper Health. To learn more about Harper Health, visit http://www.ghvfhc.org.


Community Connection

April 2013

The Wait is Over… Highland Falls Location Opens Attention residents of Southeast Orange County—there is a new Family Health Center in the area! GHVFHC is pleased to announce that on Monday, April 15, 2013, we opened a new health center in Highland Falls. Joining our existing sites, this location offers high-quality comprehensive primary and preventative care to patients living in or around Highland Falls. Our new state-of-the-art facility is located at 127 Main Street and will offer convenient hours to its patients. Services offered at this location include, but are not limited to, adult medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, and referrals for specialty medical care and lab. Whether you are a senior citizen, child, newborn, teenager, or adult in need of anything from well exams to care for even the most chronic conditions - we have you covered! To make an appointment today, call (845) 4464076. We are honored to be part of the Highland Falls community and we welcome its residents and others seeking medical care with open arms into the GHVFHC family. We look forward to providing compassionate, dedicated, and caring service for all members of your family.

Fort Montgomery Elementary School Receives Dental Visit This past February, the Family Health Center sent its Mobile Health Van to Fort Montgomery Elementary School to perform free dental exams for their students. A visit to the dentist—an often traumatic experience for young children—was far from the minds of these excited kids. Along with a thorough dental check that looked for cavities and other common issues, the students were given a “Dental Hygiene Report Card” to bring home to their parents and guardians as well as a fun activity book of coloring pages and fun facts pertaining to a healthy smile. This event was part of the Health Center’s greater efforts to promote dental hygiene to members of the community. All too often, we find that healthy mouths take a back seat to other persistent health conditions. The Health Center believes that educating young people about the need for healthy smiles is a good first step in ensuring a lifetime of good dental hygiene. To brighten your smile, visit our dental practice today or look for our mobile health van at the St. Francis food pantry on April 26, St. Patrick’s Church health screening on May 31, and Friends of Plattekill Public Library community event on June 1! Contact Diahan Scott at 845-220-3167 for more information on mobile health van locations.


Community Connection

April 2013

GHVFHC Pediatrics Participates in Autism Awareness Month By Tracy Lucas, MSN, FNP Chief of Ambulatory Pediatrics

April is Autism Awareness Month and the GHVFHC Pediatrics Department will be recognizing our patients, family and friends with autism by participating in “Lighting It Up Blue,” an event that took place on April 2 to start-kick Autism Awareness Month. Participants light their building or home blue to raise awareness about autism. Although statistics regarding autism appear grim, early detection and diagnosis with implementation of intervention services are key for developmental delays. Routine well visits all encompass development screening with an emphasis on the 18 and 24 month visits for “red flags,” which include delay of verbal skills, atypical behaviors (rocking, hand flapping, spinning, toe walking), and lack of imaginative play.

As a mom of a child with autism I can tell you how heartbreaking it is to hear that your child has a disability. There are all sorts of emotions and a grieving process that families go through. Finding support groups, specialists, schools, etc., can be overwhelming. Our department is well versed in gaining services and support for our patients with autism and their families.

The following websites are great references for information regarding autism: http://www.lightitupblue.org; http://www. autismspeaks.org; and http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism. As always, feel free to stop in and speak with us or make an appointment if you have any questions or concerns.

Early intervention services may encompass occupational, speech and physical therapy as well as curriculum such as ABA (applied behavioral analysis) that is designed for individuals with autism. Special education preschool also is available to those beginning at the age of three. As children grow, there are programs designed to serve a variety of mild to severe needs.

Meet Our Patient: Ana Lia Ana Lia Croci took her son to the Nutrition Department of the Family Health Center in December 2012 when he was diagnosed with several food allergies. Her experience really emphasizes that those who visit the Health Center are not just our patients; they are family. Ana’s son is allergic to wheat, eggs, milk, peanuts, sesame seeds, soy, and corn. In the beginning, she tried to avoid those foods but was overwhelmed by the severity of her son’s allergies. So, Ana spoke with her pediatrician about getting a referral to a nutritionist for help. “It was surprising to find a nutritionist so close to home,” said Ana. “Even the receptionist was really gentle and helpful. She accommodated both of my children so that we could have two consecutive appointments, which was more convenient.” Ana and her two children met with Nutritionist Debra Davidson. “She was not only nice to me and my kids, but she also listened carefully and answered every question and concern that I had about my kids food allergies,” said Ana. She was very impressed by Debra’s attention to detail and willingness to research special products for people with numerous allergies. Ana was pleasantly surprised that, “[Debra] called the day after the appointment to give me information about brands of products made without the eight most common allergens. She actually bought some of them for my kids to try!” Ana’s experience at the Family Health Center is one she will never forget. “I still can’t believe that professionals with that quality of service still exist.” She plans to continue to seek care at the Health Center and even offered to recommend our services to others.


Community Connection

April 2013

Health Education Spotlight: Fit For Life Last month was National Nutrition Month and with spring here it is time to be active! The Family Health Center offers a program called “Fit for Life” designed for children (ages 7-12) who are patients of the health center and their parents to help them make better food and exercise choices. During the session, health educators and a registered dietitian teach children and caregivers nutrition awareness and the importance of being active. Each child is seen by a physician, nurse practitioner or dietitian in conjunction with a 30 to 45-minute exercise program. “The children who participate in the program are always active, whether it is playing with other children while waiting to be seen by the doctor or participating in group activities, like red rover, tag, zumba, hip hop dance, or yoga,” said Jesse Sarubbi, GHVFHC Health Education Coordinator. “The Health Literacy and Patient Education Center becomes a playground for the kids and an opportunity for caregivers to help their children practice a healthier lifestyle.” To emphasize nutrition beyond National Nutrition Month, the program will continue to offer healthy snacks and discuss healthy eating options with children and their parents during each session. The program also will address the constraints within society that may impact a family’s ability to choose healthier options. “In some cases our patients may not play outside as often as they would like because they do not have a safe place to do so. Parents may have to purchase food from convenience stores because they do not have transportation to get to the grocery store for healthier options. These barriers certainly impact a child’s health and growth,” said Jesse. Look for “Part Two: Fit For Life Spotlight” in the next issue of GHVFHC Community Connection! For more information about the April Fit for Life session, call (845) 563-8000 ext. 1260.

GHVFHC’s Radiology Department Marks One Year April marks the year anniversary for the Family Health Center’s Radiology Department, which works collaboratively with the Urgent Care Center to provide quick, efficient care using the highest quality digital imaging equipment in the area. If you visit the Radiology Department you will meet Sara Olsen, R.T., who can address your health concerns. “Having the radiology department so close to our urgent care is beneficial to our patients because we can provide immediate care and offer results instantaneously,” said Sara. Unlike other health care facilities, the Family Health Center can get x-ray results within 48 hours and, if necessary, provide preliminary results for physicians within 10 minutes. The proximity of the radiology department also reduces the wait time for our patients. If you would like your x-rays on a CD for your own use, just let us know! Our partnership with Hudson Valley Imaging (HVI) allows radiologists from our facility, St. Luke’s, and Orange Regional to access previous patient x-ray exams. This is great for patients who have previously received care at one location but were then or would like to be seen at another. “Many of the patients who visit the Radiology Department are surprised and very happy we are here because then they do not have to go off-site to get an x-ray,” said Sara. “The patients are very grateful for our services and I love that I am able to help them.” GHVFHC’s Radiology Department is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. To make an appointment, call (845) 563-8000.

Our Board

Charlie Milich, Chairman RAL Supply Group

Deborah Johnson, Vice Chair William A. Smith & Son, Inc.

Paul Broadie, II, Mariana Kennedy, Immediate Past Chairman Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Wayne Day, OCCC Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd Treasurer Maryjean Valigorsky, Day Seckler, LLP Rev. Nelson McAllister, Retired Fidelis Care New York David Dendy,

Secretary Fine & Associates Engineering

Arif Muslim, MD, GI Associates

Floyd Johnson, Engineer

Mirta Rivas, Papeleria Daisy Vale, Retired Marcel Martino, Inspire

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