The Regional Leadership table provides an opportunity for collaboration across sectors including public health, mental hygiene, hospitals and federally qualified health centers. Representatives from eight Finger Lakes counties meet to discuss the mental and physical health challenges of residents to help bridge gaps and find solutions.
Launched in 2012, the group meets quarterly—exchanging information on a variety of topics including planning for community health assessments, a state-required blueprint for responding to health concerns. Regional Leadership also provides a forum for sharing best practices, coordinating regional initiatives and addressing pressing needs, such as the opioid epidemic and COVID-19 outbreak.
This exchange among regional leaders sheds light on issues which might not be gleaned from research alone. Recent conversations about the lack of early intervention services for children in rural communities, for example, led to the creation of a regional workgroup tasked with addressing the needs in this area.
Regional Leadership brings together more than 20 health directors, mental hygiene directors and hospital leaders from Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties.
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