The Complete Streets workshop in Niagara Falls, NY was held on May 13, 2017 at the Niagara Street Elementary School. Justin Booth, Executive Director of GObike Buffalo; facilitated the discussion.
The agenda contained several main elements; an introduction and visioning exercise, a presentation on the key elements of Complete Streets for Niagara Falls, policy recommendations for sustainability and a group exercise to identify actions to address the current challenges inhibiting the community’s ability to walk and bicycle safely.
The following are the participant’s vision statements:
It’s been almost a year since the Breastfeeding Friendly Program was nominated for the Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Awards. We followed up with Courtney Gfroerer, Marketing & Community Impact Specialist for the Child Care Resource Network to learn more about the program.
Tell us about the Breastfeeding Friendly Program.
Child care programs can apply to become Breast Feeding Friendly Certified. By doing this, child care programs can help moms and babies successfully develop and maintain a breastfeeding routine. While there are many great reasons to become BFF Certified, like the fact that breastfeeding can help keep costs down for families, one of the best reasons is that meals containing breast milk are reimbursed by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – the federal food program that many child care providers already participate in, and all are welcome to join.
What need is this program addressing?
This program is helping families who need or choose to use child care continue their home routines. Just because children are cared for in a different environment while their parents or guardians are at work doesn’t mean they can’t still be breastfed.
Who is your target clientele?
We hope to attract all child care providers in Erie County to become a part of this program. That’s hundreds of child care providers affecting thousands of children and families!
How many people do you serve?
277 individual child care programs.
What is something you’re proud of regarding this project?
Child Care Resource Network has helped the highest percentage of family and group family child care providers in New York State become BFF Certified – Erie County is #1! In Erie County, 57% of family and group family child care programs are BFF, largely through the efforts of CCRN’s CACFP program, compared to a rate of just 12% throughout New York State.
What’s the best way for someone to contact you if they have more questions?
Child care programs, parents, or families can always call us for information or questions about the BFF program. It is free and simple for child care providers to become certified! We can be reached at 716-877-6666.
Nearly 30 million American are living with Type 2 Diabetes, and 89 million more Americans are considered prediabetic. This equates to 1 in 3 Americans with prediabetes, which if left untreated will lead to Type 2 Diabetes within 3-5 years. The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a proven Lifestyle Change Program, developed by the CDC and taught in the community by trained non-clinical instructors called a Lifestyle Coaches. The NDPP recognizes that a 5-7% weight loss combined with 150 minutes of weekly exercise can reduce a person’s risk by up to 58%. The P² Collaborative of Western New York received funding from the New York State Department of Health for the Local Initiatives for Multi-Sector Public Health Action (Local IMPACT) to promote and help develop Diabetes Prevention Programs across 8 counties.
The Neighborhood Health Center provides comprehensive health services to the medically underserved population in Niagara Falls’ inner city. This population is known to be at a greater risk for diabetes and comorbid conditions, and is also overutilizing the Emergency Departments at local hospitals. In addition, this population provides challenges with medication adherence and diet/exercise recommendations. Leadership from the Health Center agreed to host a NDPP with a start date of April 28th, and set a goal of enrolling 10 patients from a registry created by their EHR. The enrollees will meet weekly for 16 one-hour sessions and then monthly for an additional 8 one-hour sessions delivered by the Niagara County Department of Health. The Niagara County Department of Health is providing the NDPP to the patients of the Neighborhood Health Center with no charge to participants, having their staff time supported by Local IMPACT. The Catholic Health System Foundation, Mount St. Mary’s Philanthropic entity, provided incentives including a healthy lunch for each session, gift cards for each participant per session, and a Fitbit raffle at the end of the program. Additional marketing support was offered by the P2 Collaborative of Western New York through academic detailing within the community.
The Neighborhood Health Center surpassed their enrollment goal, and registered 15 people for the program. Through the 10th week of the program, 13 of the original participants have remained with the program, making it the largest class the Niagara County Department of Health has held in this community. The participants are meeting weekly and are accountable for maintaining a daily food tracking journal, reporting their exercise minutes weekly, learning about new habits, coping strategies, label reading, and better decision-making regarding what qualifies as healthy foods and snacks. The Niagara County Department of Health is tracking attendance, exercise minutes, and does weekly weigh-ins. At the 10-week mark, one participant has lost 30 pounds. The providers of the Health Center have become aware of the program’s successes and the ease of facilitating within their own location, and plan to continue offering the program to their patient population. Mount St. Mary’s is a part of the Catholic Health System, a hospital and integrated delivery system that as a result of the canvassing of P², has trained 3 of their staff as Lifestyle Coaches to provide NDPP within their system in the future.
Get to know our staff better with the Meet the Staff series. Meet Clement Nsiah, PHIP Program Coordinator, cyclist, and future sensitivity specialist.
What’s your role at P² Collaborative?
At P² , I am the Program Coordinator for the Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP)
How long have you been with P2 Collaborative?
I have been with P² since October 2016, so I’m going on 10 months in P² years.
What do you like most about working at P² ?
My colleagues – they make it very easy for me to complete my tasks. And oh! the fact that I also receive FREE sensitivity training from the wonderful Jessica Thomas!
What’s your favorite thing about Western New York?
It is not as crowded as New York City (where I was raised).
What advice would you give to people entering in the field?
Be willing to learn and adjust to the rapid changes in the healthcare environment!
What are three things on your bucket list?
What hobbies do you have outside of work?
Exercising and weight lifting for me is a huge part of my daily activity
Before working at P², what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I worked at a female retail store called Strawberry Clothing in NYC. So many fun stories to share from there! There was a woman who refused to leave the store (sitting on the floor) if her husband wouldn't transfer funds into her account to purchase a shoe she had been searching over a year for. The shoes were crazy expensive, but he transferred over the money and she left!
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Watching Hallmark channel movies (don’t judge me)!
What’s your favorite quote?
"Be good to the people you meet on your way up the ladder because you will meet them on your way down."- Wilson Mizner
What are you looking forward to most this Summer?
Riding around my new cruiser and tandem bikes (Bro-Biking! If you haven’t heard of bro-biking check out this video of Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon…).
Join us next month as we delve deep with our Director of Finance & Operations and wonderful baker, Ann Marie Sava.