$250,000 innovation fund awarded to create a bridges community in Lewis County

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Lewis County Priorities Council and Central New York Care Collaborative announce $250,000 innovation fund award to create a Bridges Community in Lewis County

Bridges Out of Poverty is an exciting and innovative way of addressing poverty in a community that involves as many stakeholders as possible in the county, including private and public employers, faith-based communities, human service providers, corporate partners, health care and criminal justice.  The effort will be coordinated through NRCIL (Northern Regional Center for Independent Living) and the local Bridges Steering Committee. This Committee is still in formation. If you would like to be involved in this effort, please contact Aileen Martin, Executive Director, NRCIL.

Using the tools proposed by Bridges Out of Poverty and Bridges to Health and Healthcare, developed and continuously evaluated by Dr. Ruby Payne, Phil DeVol and Terry Dreussi-Smith, the Bridges Steering Committee will implement a multi-phase project. In Phase One we will educate health providers, employers, human service workers, educators, local legislators and other pillars of the community about the experience of living in poverty and the impacts it has on every aspect of our community. We can improve health outcomes including increasing use of primary care and preventive services while reducing emergency department visits using this approach and the tools provided in Bridges to Health and Healthcare.

Phase Two will bring “Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World” investigations to support people living in under-resourced homes to examine poverty in their lives and their communities. These investigations have proven to have substantial impact for people in under-resourced homes to develop economic stability for themselves and their families. We propose this as a second phase because other communities have learned that there needs to be initial support for this work from participants who complete the Bridges workshops before the impact of these investigations can be fully realized.

NRCIL is a professional peer-run organization working with people with disabilities while partnering with communities to create accessibility and inclusion.

The Central New York Care Collaborative (CNY Cares) is a partnership that connects more than 2,000 healthcare and community based service providers in six counties across Central New York — Cayuga, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego – Working together for better health.

Additional partners in this project include Lewis County Opportunities, Lewis County Department of Social Services, Abundant Life Community Church, Lewis County Probation Department, Transitional Living Services of Northern New York, Lewis County Community Services, Countryside Veterinary Clinic, Lewis County General Hospital, Lewis County Youth Bureau, Lewis County Workplace, Lewis County Emergency Management, Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization, Lewis County Public Health, and Office of Lewis County Planning.

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