The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (now known as Garnet Health) collaborates with organizations, schools, public agencies and businesses to educate the public, shift policy, and create a culture of health for the communities we serve. It is our goal to engage and influence other sectors while providing leadership for dynamic, large scale change. By committing to community health work, Garnet Health will be a key driver to improving health and reducing chronic disease in our communities.
Catskill Regional Medical Center, a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (now known as Garnet Health), provides health resources and education to our community in an effort to improve the health of families and support wellness proactively through promotion of healthy lifestyles; research; free classes, seminars, support groups and screenings; training and disease prevention. We also participate in and sponsor numerous community events including but not limited to health fairs, walks/runs, conferences and other health related efforts.
Led by our Community Health Director, Amanda Langseder, our community health program partners with numerous local agencies to positively affect the health and well-being of our community as a whole.
In 2016 A University of Wisconsin Public Health Institute report published that:
- Only 10% of health can be attributed to clinical care
- 40% has been attributed to social and economic factors
- 30% to health behaviors
- 10% to environmental factors.
Garnet Health, comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, has made community health initiatives a priority to specifically improve the health equity of Orange and Sullivan counties, acknowledging that there are multiple health determinants other than medical care, including social factors such as education, poverty, inequality, and the environment.
Community Health Needs Assessment
Every 3 years, we conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment to evaluate the health needs of individuals living in Orange and Sullivan Counties. The aim of the assessment is to reinforce Garnet Health’s commitment to the health of its residents and align its health prevention efforts with the community’s greatest needs. The findings from the assessment were utilized by Garnet Health to prioritize public health issues and develop a community health implementation plan focused on meeting community needs identified. For 2016 – 2018, our focus will be on the following priority areas:
- Prevent Chronic Disease & Reduce Obesity
- Promote Healthy Women, Infants & Children/Reduce Teenage Pregnancy
Our priority areas were based on several discussions with key stake holders in Orange and Sullivan Counties as well as information provided to us in community surveys that resident’s completed.
In conjunction with Eat Smart New York, SNAP-Ed and Ayo Fitness, Garnet Health has developed a program called Warrior Kids which is designed to inspire children to develop lifelong healthy habits through education, fitness and fun! Each week, participants of the program benefit from a 30-minute educational session followed by a 30-minute high-energy workout, both led by an accomplished fitness instructor. The program emphasizes the 5-2-1-Almost None formula for being a healthy kid:
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- No more than 2 hours of screen time per day
- Get 1 hour of physical activity per day
- Almost None of your drinks are sugary beverages
Warrior Kids is offered to large groups of campers or students for four consecutive weeks. Each child who completes the program receives a certificate and a free Warrior Kids gift bag.
About our Director of Community Health
Amanda Langseder has established her successful career in public health. Prior to joining Garnet Health, Amanda was the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Director for Sullivan County Public Health where she was responsible for the management of the WIC nutrition education and food voucher program. She provided leadership for the Sullivan County Health Summit, the Breastfeeding Coalition, the Oral Health Coalition and prior to her role with WIC, she served as Director of Programming for Sullivan Cornell Cooperative Extension. Amanda has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Rowan University and is a Certified Lactation Counselor.
Amanda will work closely with community organizations in Sullivan and Orange Counties to integrate and align Garnet Health outreach health programs with community health initiatives as outlined by each county’s Community Health Needs Assessment and the corporate Community Health Plan. Amanda will work with community partners to improve the health and health equity of Sullivan and Orange Counties through innovations in education, patient care, research and community and physician engagement. In addition, Amanda will provide integrated research, planning and leadership in the development of community health initiatives. She will be instrumental in identifying community health program related grant funding, develop grant proposals and compose Catskill Regional Medical Center’s annual Community Service Plan.
Amanda can be reached at 845-794-3300 ext. 2187 or by email at email@example.com.