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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 June Newsletter with you! Thank you for signing up for The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center newsletter, Community Connection. We hope that you enjoy our new and improved publication! Look for recent

news, upcoming events, and other updates about you, our patients, Harper Health (for Individuals & Families and your Family Health Center. As always, thank you for choosing in Transition) 290 Broadway, Suites 2 & 3 Newburgh, NY 12550 845-561-3759

GHVFHC where we can meet all of your health care needs under one roof!

In This Issue...

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

June 2013

Harper Health

BOCES Visits

Manage Health


The ribbon is finally cut on one of our two new sites!

GHVFHC has visitors from BOCES Career and Technical Education Division.

Learn about a health education program to help cope with chronic disease.

A new way to share your medical records with local providers.

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June 2013

Left to right: G. Robert Watts, Lizette Hernandez, Renee Christiano, Kathy Iaconetti, Police Chief Michael Ferrara, Mayor Judy Kennedy, John Harper, Doug Berman, NY State Assemblyman Frank Skartados, GHVFHC President & CEO Linda Muller, City Manager Richard Herbek, GHVFHC Board Member Rev. Nelson McAllister, GHVFHC Board Member Marcel Martino, Orange County Mental Health Commissioner Darcie Miller, and Bill Fioravanti

Harper Health Ribbon Cutting 2013 The Family Health Center is beginning a new chapter in Newburgh! We’re excited to announce that the ribbon has been cut and Harper Health for Individuals and Families in Transition has officially become part of the community. Over 100 guests celebrated this momentous occasion and witnessed the start of an era that will bring medical care to one of the area’s most vulnerable population. As our President and CEO, Linda Muller, and John Harper, Executive Director of Honor EHG and inspiration for the health center’s name, cut the ribbon to Harper Health’s doors the support from the audience reinforced that we are providing a service that will significantly help those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. G. Robert ‘Bobby’ Watts, Executive Director of Care of the Homeless; City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy; New York State Assemblyman

Frank Skartados; along with Mr. Harper spoke at the ribbon cutting. Even a few of our Harper Health patients attended the ceremony with one stating that Harper Health and its staff are like family. Those who visit Harper Health, with a scheduled or walk-in appointment, can receive physical examinations; immunizations; office and laboratory testing; dental evaluations; care for acute health concerns and chronic conditions; and behavioral health evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, and pre-natal evaluations all with referral for treatment. We also offer an on-site shower for patients along with enabling services to assist with financial and housing options. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 845-561-3759.

Upcoming Health Education Events Free Mental Health Screenings Tuesday, June 25 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 147 Lake St., Newburgh

For more info call 845.563.8000 x 1260

HIV Testing Day

Tobacco Cessation

PFLAG Meeting

Thursday, June 27 All Day Event 147 Lake St., Newburgh

4 Tuesdays, 6/11-7/2 1 p.m - 2 p.m. 147 Lake St., Newburgh

Wednesday, June 26 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 147 Lake St., Newburgh

Fit for Life: Childhood Weight Control Program Wednesdays, May 1 - June 19 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. 147 Lake St., Newburgh

Wellness Mondays June 3 and June 24 5:30 p.m. - Qigong & 6:45 p.m. - Tai Chi 147 Lake St., Newburgh

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June 2013 who attended—we hope one day we will be calling you doctor, physician assistants, registered nurse, or medical assistant! BOCES students, who are enrolled in the Career and Technical Education Division, heard from many of our employees: Medical Director Dr. Avi Silber, Physician Assistant Kate Michalak, Medical Assistant Kevin Jones, Practice Manager Jamie Ackerly, and even President and CEO, Linda S. Muller.

GHVFHC Medical Assitant, Kevin Jones, addresses the group of students.

BOCES Students Visit GHVFHC In April, students attending Orange-Ulster BOCES visited the Health Center to learn about the many types of professions in the medical field today. Thank you to all of the 200 students

Students gained an understanding of how each employee plays a role in the function of the health center. Our staff also taught the students about the life and educational experiences that helped them get where they are today. Taking those real life experiences and making them a career opportunity while understanding the changing health care environment was a main focus of the session. We are proud to be planning another meeting for this coming fall, which includes speakers, a question-and-answer session, and a tour of the health center.

Patient Testimonial: Clifton Jacobs Clifton Jacobs first found out about Harper Health, our health care center for families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, through a referral from our friends at RECAP, Newburgh’s Regional Economic Community Action Program. The first time he came and visited us, we were still using the Mobile Health Van while construction wrapped up on our new facility. He was amazed by the quality health care he received on the van, his first health exam in over eight years. Most of all, he was impressed by the kindness of our staff. “They’re like family,” said Jacobs, emphasizing the impact of Jody Buckle, FNP, on his personal health habits. “She’s like my mom, reminding me to exercise and eat healthy!”

Clifton was so impressed with his experience on the bus that he went from having no health care for most of a decade to a regular at Harper Health. He made it a point to be the first patient in the door when our facility opened in March. He noted how much effort our staff at Harper Health put into ensuring he would receive quality care. From helping him schedule appointments for other medical visits, like our Dental Center, to arranging transportation to make sure he could get there, he found our staff to be truly caring. Clifton proudly recommends GHVFHC to all of his friends and thinks that we’re going to need a bigger building soon if we keep helping people at this rate!

Mr. Jacobs also spoke at the Harper Health ribbon cutting ceremony, where he received a round of applause for telling his story.

Having Fun in the Sun with Healthy Skin! GHVFHC Pediatrician Dr. Avi Silber knows the importance of keeping your child’s skin safe during those hot summer days! These six tips will ensure that summer vacation is healthy and fun. 1. We all love the beach - but any child younger than six months should not be exposed to a lot of sunlight. 2. Use chemical free sunscreen to protect your child’s skin. 3. Thirty all around! SPF 30—sensitive and waterproof—every 30 minutes. Reapply every two hours. 4. Dress your child in light colors to deflect the sun. 5. After a day outdoors, scrub away any dirt or grime from the day’s adventures. 6. If your child suffers from a sunburn, a cool wash cloth and aloe vera cream or baking soda and water can sooth the skin!

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June 2013 Health Education Spotlight: Managing Your Health volunteers, Lesly Retamozo and Carla Castillo. CDSMP is an evidence-based workshop developed by Stanford University, which helps its participants deal with a wide range of issues brought about by significant illness.

Carla Castillo leads the group conversation

Managing Your Health is a six-week multi-session Chronic Disease Self Management Program (CDSMP) run by two of our very own Americorps

Patients with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, depression, COPD, or other health concerns are invited to partake in the program. Some of the subjects taught are communicating

with your doctor and family, managing negative emotions, dealing with stress, and improving nutrition and physical activity, among others. Jesse Sarubbi, our Health Education Coordinator, noted that she has seen patients improve aspects of their lives through this class. For more information about this class or our other health education opportunities, please visit the News & Events section of

Top 4 Need-to-Know Health Facts When Sending Your Child to Camp


Stock up on daily and emergency medication. You can never be too prepared!


Get to know the camp director/counselors and camp physician so they understand your child’s health needs and what to do in a health emergency.


Physical exams and immunizations are a must. (Check with your pediatrician about camp requirements for kids with chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, and severe allergies.)


Make a plan and share it with the camp in case your child does suffer from a health scare. Don’t forget to also speak with your child about their health condition and how to stay healthy at camp so they don’t panic in a health emergency.

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June 2013

Going to see a specialist and they need your medical records? No problem! Do you ever have issues getting your medical records from one physician to the next? At the Family Health Center we hope to reduce those frustrations by partnering with providers to make it easier to securely share patient information. Beginning later this summer, the Family Health Center will participate in a program with Taconic Health Information Network and Community (THINC) that allows over 600 providers and care managers to share patient information with one another, whether they are in the next town over, the next city, or even throughout the region. Those participating in the network will have access to information such as patient diagnosis, medical needs, medication, physician information and medical history. This is convenient if you need to see a specialist or physician referred by

your provider. So, if you see one of our doctor’s here at the Family Health Center, in the coming months we will be able to securely share your information with another doctor that you see. We hope to make your experience with the Health Center and other physicians in the region as helpful and efficient as possible. Another goal is to work with providers and hospitals throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond to have access to patient information on a real-time basis. For instance, if you are admitted to the hospital, your physician would be notified so that continued care can be provided. We are excited to work with THINC to give you the best care possible!

The Power of Statewide Collaboration On Friday, May 10, 2013, the Health Center hosted the first ever Face-to-Face Clinical Committee Meeting for the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS). The CHCANYS Clinical Committee, made up of staff members from health centers across New York, holds phone meetings each month to discuss matters of clinical policy for health centers, such as expansion and informatics. When it was suggested to hold a committee meeting in person, it was the perfect opportunity to volunteer our spacious and state-of-the-art community education room that is conveniently located for those members coming from places like the Finger Lakes to Long Island.

Our Board Charlie Milich, Chairman RAL Supply Group

Wayne Day, Treasurer Day Seckler, LLP

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

David Dendy, Secretary Fine & Associates Engineering

GHVFHC Medical Director, Dr. Avi Silber, noted that the level of collaboration achieved from the in-person gathering between various subcommittees was extensive. We look forward to the opportunity to host the meeting again in the near future, and feel that the collective nature of the meeting accurately reflects our holistic approach to medicine.

Paul Broadie, II, Immediate Past Chairman OCCC

Mariana Kennedy, Board Member Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd

Rev. Nelson McAllister, Board Member Retired

Maryjean Valigorsky, Board Member Fidelis Care New York

Arif Muslim, MD, Board Member GI Associates

Floyd Johnson, Board Member Engineer

Mirta Rivas, Board Member Papeleria Daisy Vale, Board Member Retired Rhonda Green, Board Member Youth Advocate Program Marcel Martino, Board Member Inspire

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