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The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) and the North Country Health Compass Partners are asking residents of Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties to nominate an individual in their neighborhood who they consider to be a “Community Health Hero.”

Anyone who has demonstrated outstanding public service and a commitment to improving the health and wellness of their community can be nominated, and one individual from each county will be chosen to receive the 2017 Community Health Hero Award.

All nominees must…

• live or work in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence County.

• generously donate time and resources toward the improvement of community health and wellness.

• show a level of care and compassion that exceeds the general expectations of a typical citizen.

A Community Health Hero could be a neighbor, loved one, retired citizen, physician, nurse, healthcare provider, patient advocate, or anyone else in the community! Citizens are encouraged to think outside the box and nominate someone who might not always get recognized for the work they do.

Community members may submit one nomination for consideration. Volunteers from the North Country Health Compass Partners will then select a recipient from each of the counties (3 awards total) based on the following factors: relation to health and wellness; scope of impact; depth of impact; social influence; volunteerism; and uniqueness. Recipients will be honored on November 17, 2017 – National Rural Health Day.

Nomination forms can be found online at or by texting “HEALTHHERO” to 77948. All nominations must be submitted by September 15, 2017.

For more information, contact Pat Fontana at FDRHPO by dialing 315-755-0720.

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About the North Country Health Compass Partners

The North Country Health Compass Partners is a collaborative of local hospitals, public health agencies, behavioral healthcare providers, prevention councils, educational institutions, insurance providers, and community-based organizations that meets monthly to discuss, brainstorm and review the community’s population health priorities. The Health Compass Partners also serve as the steering committee for a regional health data website maintained by FDRHPO, which contains interactive charts, graphs, and dashboards for all the region’s population health priority areas. It can be accessed at

About the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

The Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO) is an agency that strengthens the North Country Healthcare System for Fort Drum soldiers, their families and the surrounding tri-county civilian community. FDRHPO connects the Fort Drum’s Military Treatment Facility with the regional health care system. FDRHPO does not provide services; rather our role is to evaluate, plan and strengthen the link between Fort Drum and tri-county civilian community members and quality health care in northern New York. For more information about FDRHPO, visit

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