Mercy College and Putnam County Partner to Form Leadership Alliance

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Dobbs Ferry, NY (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

Mercy College and Putnam County, NY have partnered to form The Leadership Alliance, which provides educational programs for Putnam County leaders. The Leadership Alliance is open to leaders in county government, municipal departments, school districts and private businesses, and will be taught by former leaders from the private and public sectors who are now professors at Mercy College.    

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell, and Mercy College School of Business Dean Dr. Ed Weis, will host a kick-off reception and press conference on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY where details of the program will be announced.

The Leadership Alliance will get underway with two programs. First, Mercy College will offer a 12-month program, starting in October 2013, where students will earn a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership focused on Emergency Management and Security. As part of the program Mercy College professors will assist Putnam County leaders in developing the County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP). The MJHMP will identify risk, develop mitigation plans, preparedness plans and response plans.

Second, in January 2014, Mercy College will begin offering a Certificate Program in Corporate and Homeland Security to Putnam County community leaders. The program will provide 15 undergraduate credits toward a bachelor’s degree. The Certificate Program will run concurrently with the master’s degree program and will also be integrated with the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Dr. Weis says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for leaders in Putnam County to collaborate with our faculty of former business and community leaders to tackle some of the county’s challenging issues.”

Odell says, “My administration is looking to the future. This public-private partnership with Mercy College is an unprecedented opportunity. As I promised, we are bringing higher education to Putnam County. We are excited about the high level of interest expressed so far in these programs. In this day in age, disaster preparedness skills are essential. The training being offered will insure we have a critically trained team of first responders in place. We are thrilled to be able to offer an in-house means for Putnam County leaders to further educate themselves within our borders.”

Courses will begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Carmel.

About Mercy College

Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. http://www.mercy.edu 877-MERCY-GO .

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Breast Milk Offers Numerous Benefits; PCDOH and NYSDOH Team Up to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
Phone# (845)-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Monday, August 19, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

Breast Milk Offers Numerous Benefits;
PCDOH and NYSDOH Team Up to Increase Breastfeeding Rates

Brewster, NY— World Breastfeeding Month ends on August 31, bringing to conclusion a month of advocacy in support of this practice as old as humankind itself. However, the value of breastfeeding extends beyond any particular calendar date. Infants always benefit from the superior nutrition of breast milk over formula and the Putnam County Department of Health joins the New York State Department of Health and other national health organizations in efforts to increase rates of continued breastfeeding.

“Physicians and researchers recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health, “and so do the New York State Department of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization.” For babies, the health benefits are well known—protection against infections and disease; lower asthma, diabetes, heart disease and obesity rates; and even higher IQs. For mothers, the risk of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes and osteoporosis are all reduced. “Sounds like it’s a good idea for everyone,” Dr. Beals continues. Exceptions do exist, as in the case of HIV positive women who may transfer the virus in their milk.

To assist Putnam County mothers, the PCDOH offers both in-home breastfeeding support
and education, and free breastfeeding support groups that meet twice a month. All new mothers and newborns, preemies and multiples who are Putnam County residents are eligible for home visits. The bi-monthly support groups meet from 10 am to noon, on the second Wednesday and third Thursday of the month. The Wednesday group is held at the Cornerstone Park Building, 1 Fair Street, and the Thursday group is at the Health Department office, 1 Geneva Road.
A Certified Lactation Counselor is available at each session to provide information and support. No registration necessary—Drop-ins welcome. For more information on either program, call Rebecca, Jean or Diane at 808-1390, x 43150.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the Putnam County community, made up of nearly 100,000 residents. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.putnamcountyny.gov/health; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Putnam County Department of Health Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations Before They Go Back To School

DEPARTMENT   OF   HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
Phone # (845) 808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 16, 2013
Contact:  Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

Putnam County Department of Health Reminds Families to Make Sure That Children Get Required Vaccinations Before They Go Back To School

          Brewster – It’s getting close to back-to-school time!  That means it’s time to start thinking…are my child’s shots up to date? Parents are preparing young children for the start of school, students are leaving for college and flu season is approaching. The Putnam County Department of Health is reminding parents that all children must receive certain vaccinations before they begin or return to school or day care this fall, depending on their age and school year.

          “Vaccinations are the safest and most effective way to prevent childhood disease,” said Allen Beals, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of Health. Childhood vaccinations required for school entry protect against potentially life-threatening diseases including diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, hepatitis B, pertussis (whooping cough) and chicken pox. Teens and college-bound students have other health concerns, including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer protection.

          Children in day care, pre-K or kindergarten through 12th grade who do not meet the immunization requirements will not be permitted to attend school. The complete list of required immunizations is available on our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov/health  or by calling the Putnam County Department of Health’s Immunization Program at (845) 808-1332. 

          If you have not yet done so, check with your pediatrician about vaccines your child may need and make an appointment as soon as possible.  Children up to 19 years of age can receive the required vaccinations free of charge at the Health Department’s clinics if they meet eligibility requirements. Vaccinations are also available to others for a fee. Call (845) 808-1332 for dates, times and location of clinics.  

The mission of the Putnam County Department of Health is to improve and protect the health of our community. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth  and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August is National Immunization Awareness Month, PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road
Brewster, New York 10509
845-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Monday, August 5, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
PCDOH Announces Three Flu Clinic Dates for Fall

Brewster, NY— August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and this year’s theme is promoting immunization across the lifespan. August is also not too early to make plans for your fall flu shot. The Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has announced three fall dates for its adult influenza (flu) clinics and will be offering school-based clinics in all Putnam County school districts for students and staff this upcoming flu season.

“Immunization is important from infancy,” says Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Many childhood illnesses that once posed serious risks have been eliminated through vaccination, and children as young as six months should get a flu vaccine,” Dr. Beals continues.

Babies should begin receiving their immunizations at birth and can be fully protected against 14-vaccine preventable diseases by age six. Pregnant women and caregivers should further ensure their children’s health by protecting themselves with appropriate vaccination. Teens and young adults heading off to school or college have other specific health concerns including meningitis and cervical cancer for which vaccines offer safeguards; and for older adults a vaccine against shingles is recommended. Influenza immunization is also important for anyone over six months of age, and flu season can start as early as October.

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“Since the flu vaccine takes about two weeks to provide its full protective effect,” explains Dr. Beals, “we recommend getting it in early September or October.”

The PCDOH flu clinics dates are: Monday, Sept. 16 at the Carmel Fire Department; Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Garrison Fire Department, and Monday, Oct .21 at Carmel Fire Department. The clinic hours for each location are 2 to 6:30pm. (Dates and times may be subject to change. Check the PCDOH website and social media sites, or the check the “Flu Hotline” at 845-808-1390, option 1, for any updates.) For information about school-based clinics, parents should check the school calendar or contact their school nurse.

The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

For a complete list of required immunizations, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines

Odell Chosen to Chair Regional Transportation Council

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell was chosen to head the Mid-Hudson South Transportation Coordinating Committee (MHSTCC) during their July 24th Executive Committee Meeting held at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.  She succeeds Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as chairperson.

The mission of the of the MHSTCC is to provide the most reliable and affordable transportation while using best practices to utilize and leverage all available resources in order to minimize cost and maximize efficiency and to encourage those who live, work, shop and visit the region to use public transportation.

“I am honored to have been chosen to chair the committee,” said Odell. “I am pleased that my fellow committee members have such confidence in my abilities and I welcome the potential opportunity to initiate or accommodate similar activities such as we have implemented in Putnam at a larger regional level,” Odell said. “As chairperson, I will seek initiatives to move our region forward by means of improved highway and transit facilities in order to assist the people who visit or commute in and out of this sector.”  

072513 MHSTCC members

From L to R: Mark Albrecht, Deputy Director of Grant Management for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Thomas Vanderbeck, Commissioner of Planning for Rockland County, Bill Gordon, Acting Regional Director for NYS Dept. of Transportation, Kevin Plunkett, Westchester County Deputy County Executive, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Michael Shamma, Acting Chief Engineer for the NYS Thruway Authority.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
1 Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
845-808-1390

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contact: Barbara Ilardi, Public Information Officer, 845-808-1390

PCDOH Announces Expanded Services to Screen for Hepatitis C

Brewster, NY—Hepatitis C, a blood infection that causes liver disease, is on the rise, both in Putnam County and around the country. Today an estimated 4 million Americans are living with chronic Hep C. In order to screen for this potentially serious illness, the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) has expanded its services. A rapid screening test can be performed in the health department offices in approximately 20 minutes. Positive tests are then referred for confirmatory testing and treatment, which includes new, more effective medications.
“We recommend that all residents born between 1945 and 1965 be tested once, even without any other risk factors,” explains Allen Beals, MD, Commissioner of Health. “Concern stems from the silent nature of the disease, since most people infected with the Hep C virus have no symptoms,” Dr. Beals continues. In fact, 75 percent of infected individuals are unaware of their status. These broad screening guidelines are endorsed by the New York State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
Each year approximately 17,000 new Hep C cases are diagnosed, while an estimated 15,000 die from the disease which can result in serious liver complications, such as cirrhosis or -more-
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scarring, and cancer. Hepatitis C infection is the leading reason for liver transplantation in the U.S., and is expected to result in healthcare costs topping $80 billion in the next ten years.
For further information on Hep C, or to schedule an appointment for screening, please call 808-1390, extension 43114.
The Health Department’s mission is to improve and protect the health of Putnam County residents through prevention of illness and injury. Core services include community health assessment, disease surveillance and control, environmental health protection, family health promotion and health education. For more information, please visit our website at www.putnamcountyny.gov; or visit our social media sites on Facebook at www.facebook.com/putnamhealth and Twitter @PutnamHealthNY.

Summer Art for Everyone @ The Belle Levine Art Center in Mahopac

Registration is currently being accepted for a wide variety of programs in the arts to take place this summer at the Belle Levine Art Center on Kennicut Hill Road in Mahopac.

THE SUMMER ARTS ACADEMY for kids ages 6-12.

Join our Visual Arts Program offered on Monday through Thursday from 10-2 in one week options through August 1, featuring projects that celebrate a multi-cultural theme taking inspiration from Master Artists as well as Asian and African arts along with some recycled art just for fun!  Summer instructors include Sarah Gilchrist, Cathy Faiella and Jim Sparks.

Enjoy our Clay Program with Amy Menasche offered in our completely renovated and air conditioned clay studio, the program meets on Monday & Thursday from 2-3:30 in three week options.  Session 1 runs June 24-July 11 and Session 2 runs July 15-August 1. Clay projects planned for this summer include making instruments that work including ocarinas, whistles and wind chimes; creating mosaics, animal sculptures, and fanciful face pots.

Combine both Programs for a summer full of art & imagination and self- expression! 

ART FOR TEENS

Short Shops for Teens with Sarah Gilchrist mornings from 10:30 – noon

Mixed Media – Fridays, July 12, 19 & 26

Plein Aire Drawing – Saturdays, August 3, 10, 17, & 24

3-D Art – Tuesdays, August 13, 20 & 27

Clay for Teens with Amy Menasche offered on 4 Fridays from 2:30-4pm from July 26 – August 16.

ADULT ART INSTRUCTION OFFERED IN JULY & AUGUST

5 & 6 week instruction offered in watercolor, plein aire painting, photography, pottery and drawing.

NEW – One day workshops in Journaling with Karen Herbst and two day Pottery-Closed Forms with Deb Lecce.  Yoga by donation continues in the gallery with Liz Carey beginning August 5 @ 6:30pm.

Details, prices, bios, registration info and forms available @putnamartscouncil.com or by calling the office at 845.803.8622.

Join us as we Step Up For Kids in Westchester County and across New York State! Saturday, September 28

 

4wdhOn Saturday, September 28, sixteen Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) across New York State – including Westchester County’s own CAC at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) – will simultaneously participate in a local 5K run/walk to benefit their community. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of the prevalence and the realities of child abuse in our state.

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Child Advocacy Centers provide a comprehensive, culturally competent, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a dedicated, child friendly setting. The CAC model ensures that children are not re-victimized by the very system designed to protect them. In 2012, CAC’s across New York state provided services to over 18,500 children.

Please join us on September 28th for a festive, fun-filled morning that will leave you feeling invigorated and proud of the difference you have made in the lives of children around Westchester County and New York State. The Westchester walk, which is being hosted by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, will take place on the sprawling Valhalla campus, and will begin just outside WIHD. Please bring your friends, family, and your enthusiasm!

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Register at www.nyschildrensalliance.org/registration.

More Information
To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, or to participate, volunteer, or learn more, please contact: Danielle Weisberg, Event Coordinator, at dweisberg@wihd.org.

Please help us get the word out about this fun and worthwhile event taking place in Valhalla, NY on Saturday, September 28, 2013.fbookfollow