At their Annual Community Meeting May 30th, Schuyler Hospital named Schuyler County Public Health their Community Partner of the Year.
The Community Partner Award is presented annually to an organization or individual as recognition for helping Schuyler Hospital achieve its mission.
Schuyler Hospital and Schuyler County Public Health partner to produce the Hospital’s Community Service Plan and Public Health’s Community Health Improvement Plan, setting appropriate goals and implementing programs to address identified needs.
To reduce obesity in children and adults, they implemented Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Schuyler. HEAL Schuyler includes Active Living Every Day classes, the Schuyler Walks website for hiking trail maps and a list of area walks and runs, printed trail maps distributed throughout county, Choose HEALth to help restaurants and worksites identify healthier options, and a monthly newsletter.
Public Health and the Hospital meet monthly on community health issues, work collaboratively, and are able to call on other community partners as needed.
Currently, the two organizations are working together to bring back Schuyler County Strong Kids Safe Kids this Fall as part of an overall Community Falls Fit Fest.
The 2015 award went to Arcangeli Farm, 2016 to the Schuyler Hospital Auxiliary, and 2017 to Ken Wilson.