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Building Foundations for Healthy Communities

The North Country Healthy Heart Network builds foundations for healthy communities. Over the last 18 years, the Heart Network has contributed to the establishment of numerous new, healthpromoting opportunities for North Country residents, which are often the result of many years working with partners to lay the groundwork for success. This past year saw the culmination of that work on several fronts. This summer, the Heart Network celebrated with its partner, the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity, as it launched its new and improved Mobile Farmers’ Market. Heart Network staff supported development of the market’s business plan, and then played a key role helping to secure the funds needed to convert a transportation bus into the mobile market we see on the road today. The Heart Network also successfully demonstrated the need for, and impact of, a diabetes prevention program at Adirondack Health, which used the results of the three-year demonstration project to secure additional funding to continue the program. These are just two of many positive outcomes the Heart Network and its partners enjoyed this year; read on for more highlights. Like the many other small steps toward progress that are outlined herein, these outcomes are the result of infrastructure work supported by Heart Network staff. We are thankful to our funders for making this work possible. Creating a strong community health system requires input from everyone; we hope you will join our effort. To learn more, visit or give us a call at (518) 891-5855. Sincerely, Ann Morgan Executive Director North Country Healthy Heart Network

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As of Oct. 1, 2018, the Heart Network will be at a new location. Come visit us: 132 Bloomingdale Ave, Saranac Lake, NY 12983

A strong organization needs passionate people. The Heart Network welcomed a new staff member this year: Project Coordinator Grace Mayhew, who will support implementation of our Health Systems for a Tobacco Free New York and Creating Healthy Schools and Communities programs, both of which are funded by New York State (the former via subcontract with Glens Falls Hospital). Prior to joining the Heart Network, Mayhew worked as a substitute teacher and as a park naturalist for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. She has also served as a watershed steward. To get in touch, email

We're forming a new coalition to take on chronic disease. The Four Domains of CDC's Chronic Disease Prevention System Epidemiology & Surveillance: Monitor trends and track progress Environmental Approaches: Policies and changes to physical environment that promote health and support healthy behaviors Health Care Systems Interventions: Promote systematic identification and treatment of individuals at risk for chronic disease

In the coming year, the Heart Network will bring together providers and stakeholders in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties with one common goal: to create the strongest possible link between healthcare providers and communities. The North Country Chronic Disease Prevention Coalition will use the Centers for Disease Control's Chronic Disease Prevention System to develop a coordinated, comprehensive, and systemic response to the high rates of chronic disease in the North Country. The first phase of our work will focus on diabetes, with the Heart Network serving as project manager, facilitating meetings and providing technical support to coalition members. To learn more, email

Community Programs Linked to Clinical Services: Improve access to community based opportunities for chronic disease prevention

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2018 Financial Report The Heart Network is committed to using the funds entrusted to us as effectively and efficiently as possible. Nearly 85 percent of our expenses go directly to program costs; our administrative expenses help us fulfill our mission as well. If you have questions, please email




$366,778 Private grants 10%

Other contracts 35%

Administrative 16%

NYS grants 55%

Program 84%

Numbers are presented on an unaudited accrual basis. Some of the grants the Heart Network receives provide funding in advance of expenditures to ensure the work can commence and the program can deliver the anticipated community impact. As such, there are times when expenses exceed revenue, as the organization received the funding in earlier years.

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The Heart Network congratulates members of the Malone Complete Streets Advisory Board on the new We Care Bike Share program. This program offers bikes to sign out during daylight hours. The Heart Network supplies free helmets to any riders in need.

Everyone can help build a healthier community. With support from New York State's Creating Healthy Schools and Communities program, the Heart Network works with partners in northern Franklin County to implement policies, plans, programs, and projects that increase demand for and access to healthy, affordable foods as well as opportunities for daily physical activity.

2018 highlights Assisted Brushton-Moira in piloting two walk to school days in October and June — roughly 80 students participated in the fall event, which then grew to 182 students in spring Assisted Brushton-Moira in implementing their second annual staff wellness day and first annual student wellness days — 160 staff members and all students in grades 7-12 participated in these events Provided funding for two Salmon River staff members to attend a youth-centered mindfulness and yoga retreat — these skills will be used for both in and after school physical activity programs this coming school year Provided technical support and equipment to Flanders Elementary in Malone to start up a school garden program

Collaborated with Greater Malone YMCA to distribute 50 helmets to youth during their first annual Healthy Kids Day in April Presented walk/bike safety program to approximately 250 third and fourth grade students in Salmon River and Malone Purchased and installed five hydration stations for each building in Malone and one for Brushton-Moira

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The new Mobile Farmers' Market is delivering healthy food to 10 Franklin County communities. A program of the Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO) and the North Country Healthy Heart Network, the Mobile Market wrapped up its debut season this year. The Mobile Market provides access to fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, and a salad bar at community-based stops in northern Franklin County. The program is made possible with support from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s SHINE program, and the New York State Department of Health’s Creating Healthy Schools & Communities program. “The market has been an outstanding success,” said Richard Lavigne, JCEO’s food services director. “We’ve had calls from everywhere asking about how we set it up and how it works. We’ve also provided many tours to people who want to replicate it in their own communities.”

A new approach to preventing diabetes is working. In 2015, the Heart Network launched a new pilot program, Moving Forward Together (MFT) to Prevent Diabetes, with a three-year grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Now in its third year, MFT is producing results, and Adirondack Health received a grant from the Adirondack Health Institute to continue the program. The Heart Network has also submitted a proposal to expand MFT to other area hospitals.

49% of patients with pre/post values have achieved A1C in normal range 68% of patients have lost weight

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336 # of pre-diabetic patients who have received health counseling through MFT

Our partners across the region are making system changes. Health Systems for a Tobacco Free New York, a five-year grant now in its fifth year, has led to new policies that support tobacco cessation and healthier communities. Highlights this year include: Four of 12 health system partners made changes in 2017: one passed a new policy, three made electronic health record improvements, one made a treatment flow improvement, and two added certified tobacco treatment specialists to the team The North Country Tobacco Treatment Network met three times Heart Network staff supported three housing programs as they transitioned to tobacco-free buildings and grounds Heart Network staff provided counsel on tobacco cessation programs as legislators in Franklin, Clinton, and Essex counties considered raising the age for purchasing tobacco to 21

The Heart Network congratulates our partners at Behavioral Health Services North, the Harrietstown Housing Authority, and the Plattsburgh Housing Authority for making the switch to tobacco-free building and grounds this year. The Heart Network helped partners by connecting the people they serve to cessations programs in their communities. Learn more:

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The North Country Healthy Heart Network built foundations for healthier communities in fiscal year 2018 with the help of these generous organizations:

To support our work with a charitable gift, visit or call (518) 891-5855.

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