Health Planning Council Meeting Presentations

Group Listening to Presentation

11-9-2020 Health Planning Council Advisory Board. Presentation  by Matt Yarrow, Assistant General Manager on the TCAT Transit and Development Plan. Board members discussed transit needs of clients and patients, employees, and community residents.  Shawna Black shared the Tompkins County Proclamation recognizing home health aides for their compassionate care and November 8-14 as Home Care Aide Week.
11-6-2020 Long Term Care Committee, “Care Compass Network Telehealth Program” presented by Wayne Teris, MD, CPE,FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer, Care Compass Network.
A Report to the LTC Committee – November 6 was discussed and the Minutes of the LTC Committee-August 7, 2020 were approved at the meeting.
8-11-2020 The Health Planning Council hosted a special webinar with infectious disease specialist Douglas MacQueen, MD from Cayuga Medical Center.  He gave us an overview on “What You Should Know About COVID-19 – Where Are We Today?”
8-7-2020 Long Term Care Committee  “Addressing Worker Stress in Long Term Care Facilities and the Trauma Informed Care Champion Team Model” presented by Barbara Ganzel, PhD, Director of the Gerontology Institute at Ithaca College. A copy of her presentation is included here. Teri Reinemann of the Finger Lakes Independence Center presented an update of the Age Friendly Center of Excellence initiative led by the Tompkins County Office for the Aging.
3-9-2020  Health Planning Council Advisory Board.  “Highlights of New York State’s DSRIP Program in Tompkins County and the Southern Tier.”  Presented by Mark Ropiecki, Executive Director, Care Compass Network.
2-10-2020 Health Planning Council Advisory Board. A Plan for Improving Our Community Health.”  Presented by Samantha Hillson, MPH, Director of Health Promotion and Ted Schiele, MS, Health Promotion Program, of the Tompkins County Health Department. To review the entire Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Program, use this link.
1-21-2020 Tompkins County Workplace Wellness Summit, Sponsored by the Southern Tier Population Health Improvement Program.  “Wellness at the Crossroads” by Dr. Mary Tabacchi, Professor Emerita, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.
9-9-2019  “Community Health Improvement Plan for Tompkins County – an Update” Samantha Hillson and Ted Schiele from the Tompkins County Health Department report on the development of the 2019-2024 Community Health Assessment and the Community Health Improvement Plan. A copy of their presentation slides can be found here. 
“Legalization of THC – A Discussion of Public Health Issues” Dr. Klepack, Medical Director of the Tompkins County Health Department, discusses marijuana, and the many  public health implications from legalizing its use. His slides are available here.

8-2-2019 Quarterly Meeting of the Long Term Care Committee featured presenters on Fall Risk and Frailty and ways to mitigate the risks.

6-10-2019 Health Planning Council Advisory Board. “Transportation as a Determinant of Health: Where are We Today?” Presented by: Scot Vanderpool, General Manager of Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit. Amber Simmons, Mobility Manager, and Move Together NY Project Partner speaking on Supports for Health, and Hector Chang, Active Transportation and Bikeshare Coordinator of Bike Walk Tompkins.

5-13-2019 Improving Population Health Through Innovative Local Food Partnerships with Erin Summerlee, Director Food and Health Network of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York,Leveraging Local Food to Improve Patient Health: Expansion of the South Central New York Fruit and Vegetable RX Program.Also with Liz Karabinakis, Director Healthy Food for All, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Baz Perry, Cornell Cooperative Extension, FV Rx: Prescription Fruit & Vegetable Program – A Project of Healthy Food for All and Cayuga Center for Healthy Living. For more information please contact Liz Karabinakis ( or Baz Perry ( directly.

5-3-2019 Quarterly Meeting of the Long Term Care Committee: Presenters, Allison Bassi and Bernice Hayward from Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services (CARS) shared a useful
Resources for Substance Abuse in Older Populations document.

4-25-2019 Discharge Planning Stakeholders Spring Luncheon Meeting:
Next Steps – Developing a Support Network Post Discharge

Elizabeth Bergman, PhD., Ithaca College Gerontology Department,
Social Isolation and Loneliness Among Older Adults: Mitigating Health Outcomes

Deb Trauntstein, LMSW, MBA, ACHP-SW, Difficult Conversations and the Fine Art of Persuasion

with short program presentations by Ed Bergman, Tompkins Local Department of Social Services; Caryn Bullis, County Office for the Aging; Jessica GosaFoodnet Meals on Wheels.

4-8-2019The Impact of Rural Health Funding on the Local Economy with Richard Merchant, Executive Director of Health Workforce New York, Central New York and Northern Area Health Education Centers.  Also Local Health Workforce Initiatives in Tompkins County with Julia Mattick, Director of Tompkins County Workforce Development Board.